Basketball Falls in NJCAA District Playoffs
The Knights fell Friday in the NJCAA District VII Semifinal to 10th-ranked Prince George's (MD) 88-76. The contest was much closer than the final score indicated, with the Owls taking a 37-35 lead at the halftime break. The tournament, hosted by Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC, concluded Saturday with Sandhills slipping by Prince George's, 88-84 to advance to the National Championship next week in Rochester, MN.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half, with Prince George's going into the break with a slim 37-35 lead. The Owls were able to pull ahead after the break and held on for the victory. The Knights were led by Kameron Hickey's (Acworth-Etowah) 21 points. Jalen Leonard (Manchester-Manchester) contributed 15 points while Juwan Johnson (Covington-Newton) added 14. Bevon Wray (Atlanta-Union Grove) closed out the double-figure scorers with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Knights (15-10, 3-0) had a successful season, clinching their 5th Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Championship. With the December announcement that WGTC will be ending its athletic programs at the end of this academic year, Friday's game was the last in program history. While the loss to Prince George's was not the result that Coach Niki Okolovitch and his players wanted, they still walk away as GCAA Champions.
Softball Opens GCAA Play
Rain continues to be a challenge, but Head Coach Monica Mills was able to open the GCAA schedule this week on the road. Last Tuesday, the Knights opened in Douglas with a doubleheader split at South Georgia. WGTC pulled out the opener with a 2-1 win in 8 innings and was unable to cash in some opportunities in Game 2, falling 2-0. The next day, the Knights squared off with East Georgia, falling 6-0 in Game 1 and dropping a heart-breaker in the night cap 1-0.
The Knights (5-4, 1-3) will finally be at home this week, hosting two key GCAA match-ups. Georgia Military will be in Carrollton for a Thursday doubleheader and Gordon State comes in on Friday. Game time is 2 pm both days. On Sunday, the Knights will step out of conference, traveling to Chattahoochee Valley (AL) for a 1 pm doubleheader.
Baseball Drops GCAA Opener
Coach Beau Welborn's club has also faced its share of rain issues, but managed to get in a few games this week. On Monday, the Knights concluded a 4-game series with Lincoln Trail (IL) in Hoover, AL losing both ends of a doubleheader, 3-1 & 6-2. With a split on Sunday, WGTC was 1-3 against the Statesmen. On Tuesday, the Knights split a doubleheader at NJCAA power Southern Union, taking Game 1 by a 5-2 margin before dropping the nightcap 7-3. In a game which was moved from Carrollton to Oxford, AL on Saturday, Abraham Baldwin jumped out early in the GCAA opener for both teams and cruised to a 16-3 victory.
This week, the more traditional GCAA schedule gets going. On Tuesday, the Knights (9-9, 0-1) travel to Douglas for a single game beginning at 3 pm. South Georgia then comes to Carrollton for the remainder of the 4-game series. The two teams will play a single game Friday evening at 6 pm followed by a Saturday doubleheader, scheduled for 1 pm.
(Home Baseball and softball games played in Carrollton are played at Central High School.)