Football team heads to
By ANDY RUSSELL
It’s back to the postseason for the Georgetown College Tigers football team, and it came on a fourth-and-two conversion late in the game this past Saturday against Belhaven on Senior Day.
This sends the Tigers back to the postseason for the first time since 2006, when they played St. Xavier, a power out of Illinois.
Some big plays this past weekend in some key games got GC a better draw; they will play Nazarene in the NAIA Postseason.
Before Saturday’s game, GC was sitting at no.18 in the polls, but they needed a win to accept the bid, and they did just that.
This is a team that has performed so well under pressure all year and has exceeded expectations and they deserve every bit of this.
Coach Bill Cronin, in a quote on the GC Athletics website, said that, “It wasn’t the prettiest win, but it did us some good.” The game on Saturday was what he was referring to and he hit the nail on the head.
Kaelin Ammons was 18-of-30 passing for 229 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had 77 yards rushing on 11 attempts and Bennett Gatto had 65 yards on 11 rushes as well.
Chris Gohman led the team in receptions with four for 46 yards. GC was out-gained through the air for the first game in awhile, but they ran the ball effectively, out-gaining Belhaven 228-42.
Coach Cronin was right, the game wasn’t pretty, but the win did what it was supposed to do—get them into the playoffs.
The Tigers’ opponent, the Pioneers of Nazarene, play host to the Tigers this Saturday at Pioneer Stadium. The Pioneers boast one of the best defenses in the NAIA, ranking in the top-five in the NAIA in pass defense, scoring defense and total defense. The Pioneers are coming off another undefeated season in the NAIA and are looking to further their record.
However, they are going to have to stop the powerful GC offense that is averaging 47.9 points per game and the Tigers hold the edge in the series with the Pioneers, 1-0.
This is GC’s 16th postseason appearance and they have three national championships; 1991, 2000 and 2001. Kick-off for the game is set for 2 p.m.
Women’s basketball continuesBy ANDY RUSSELL
With so much focus on the men’s basketball team at GC, people often forget about the women, who are really, really good.
This team is led by four seniors, Emily Drees, Mandi Boykin, Ashley Prince and Jess Slonim, who have all made their mark on this program.
Coach Susan Johnson is entering her 31st season as the leader of the pack and is hoping to better her team’s record of 18-12 the previous season.
This team has the talent, potential and leadership to be a team that can contend with the best out there and they have shown that already.
In their first exhibition game against Wright State, a Division I school, the GC women stayed right with them all the way to end, losing by only 5 points, 66-71.
Even though it was a loss, this was an impressive showing for the Tigers and a solid way to start the season.
Next, they won three straight games, all by double digits, against Cumberland University, Union College and Mid-Continent University.
Their next game, against Southern Polytechnic in the Championship of the Elswick Classic, was one to be remembered, even though it was a loss. This is a team that is ranked nationally in the NAIA and is always an extremely talented team, and GC took them to the brink.
Kourtney Tyra hit two free throws just inside of the two minute mark to give GC the lead at 54-53, but Southern Polytechnic was able to knock one down to give them the win, 55-54. This game was a game of runs and unfortunately GC wasn’t able to make one more to win the game. Tyra led GC in scoring with 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting. She also added five rebounds and two assists in her 30+ minutes of play.
Jessica Waddle also had a great night; 4-of-5 shooting with 12 points and two rebounds. Mikkah Rogers and Gina Beining added eight points a piece as well. This was a great game and it really sent a statement to every team out there about the power and poise of this team.
They will be back in action this Friday night in the Jim Reid Classic against University of St. Francis and Davenport University. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Men’s basketball defeats
By ANDY RUSSELL
With winter here, we all know that basketball is king now that football season is winding down and basketball is starting to take center stage here at GC.
The men’s basketball team has started the season on a great note; they have won their first four games against quality opponents (Davis and Elkins, Brescia University, St. Catharine College and Campbellsville University) and have eclipsed the century mark twice (109, 114). They have played stingy defense and forced a lot of turnovers which has lead to easy buckets on the other end.
Their last game, against Campbellsville University, was an intense game not only because it was the championship of the Andrew Elswick Classic, but it is a fierce rivalry as well. Campbellsville and GC just love to hate each other.
However, GC was able to get the last laugh as they showed Campbellsville the way to the door early on Saturday night, leading the game by nine at half then outscoring Campbellsville by 11 in the second half.
GC was led by an overall team effort that featured great shooting in both halves; 51 percent in the first (17-of-33) and 62 percent (18-of-29) in the second half. They got some great individual performances from Eddie Gray and Maurice Pearson as well. Gray was 2-of-7 from the floor, but made 8-of-9 free throws to finish with 12 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes of play.
Pearson had a whopping 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added 9 rebounds as well. These two played a great game in tandem and really helped the Tigers get a big win against a bitter rival.
Vic Moses and Johonne Hamilton both had double digit points as well with 16 and 10 respectively. Gray, Pearson and fellow teammate Vincent Crutcher were all named to the all-tournament team. These guys, along with the rest of the team, played great and helped add two more victories to GC’s impressive resume thus far. Their next game will be in the McDonalds-Central Bank Jim Reid Classic against Embry-Riddle tomorrow night. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.