By ERIC BALMER
At the end of last week, the Georgetown Tiger Women’s basketball team hosted two games. The first game was on Thursday, and although close, GC couldn’t seem to figure out how to be effective on defense.
No. 13 GC (16-8, 10-5 Mid-South Conference) couldn’t keep up with the energized University of Pikeville Bears (8-15, 4-10). Pikeville’s coach Bill Watson, after 16 seasons, recently announced his retirement, which gave his team extra motivation to give him a victory. The final score was a 66-62 victory for Watson’s crew. After he came public with his intentions of stepping down as head coach, his team that had not even won eight games in the season thus far, has been on a three-game winning streak.
The Tigers were able to get an significant, early lead. But the Bears came to life with the help of Callisha Johnson. The Pikeville junior was on a roll, and ended up finishing with an amazing 31 points. She lead the team on a 16-0 run that provided the Bears with the lead. Tigers that had an impact on the game included Kourtney (15 points), Andrea Howard and Devanny King (14 points each), Lizza Jones (14 rebounds) and Devon Golden (10 rebounds).
Georgetown’s second game had a much more favorable result for the Tigers. GC beat University of Virginia College at Wise 73-63. The Tigers fell behind in the first half, but with solid overall performance from everyone, they came away with a win.
Tiger coach Andrea McCloskey liked what she saw from her team, how they fought in a team effort for a victory. “After the rough outing Thursday it was good to see them come together and fight for this win,” the GC coach said. “Wise is a tough team and it is always a battle. I’m glad we were up to that challenge today” (georgtowncollegeathletics.com).
Many players, even players of the bench, were involved in the GC win. Devon Golden had 13 points (10 of those came in the first half). Help came from the bench as well. In fact, freshman Jessica Foster recorded a career-high 14 points. Lizza Jones had 12 points and both Andrea Howard and Devanny King put up 11 points. Even though Kourtney Tyra didn’t have many points, she had an impressive 12 assists, along with six rebounds.
Georgetown doesn’t have another game until Bluefield College comes down to on Sat., Feb. 16.