It was a blazing start and finish for the No. 7 Georgetown College women's basketball team Thursday hosting University of Pikeville (7-10, 2-4 MSC). The Bears went down swinging and the Tigers (11-3, 5-1 MSC) needed a spurt from Mykal Farris to ignite the 101-86 win.
The sophomore tallied four points, two baskets all within 10 seconds of each other. Farris scored a layup, hung back on defense, surprised UPike with the move and the quick steal of the inbounds. She laid that in, giving Georgetown quick six-point edge.
"I think the spark off the bench was Mykal," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "She got us going again and got us excited about playing defense."
The Bears rallied to tie for the final time, but Georgetown finished on a 27-12 run that closed the threat.
Lizza Jonas tallied another notch in her long list of accomplishments as a Tiger. The senior from Lexington hit a pair of free throws at the 14:02 mark, giving her 1,000 points. She finished with 21 points for 1,007.
"I'm happy to see Lizza reach that milestone," McCloskey said. "She played so hard, and she does so many things for us."
This past weekend in a win over St. Catharine, Jonas had three steals to tie her for 10th on the all-time list at Georgetown. She swiped six more against Pikeville to be sitting tied for eighth with 190. She also added a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Andrea Howard tossed in five threes, scoring a team-high 23 points. Kourtney Tyra had 18 points and 11 assists for the unique double-double. Teonia McCune got into the double-double category with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
"This was a great team win," McCloskey said. "I was pleased with our effort, our bench play and our three seniors.
"When we start spreading out the scoring like this, we will be tough to defend."
GC was looking to avoid a repeat of this past season's home defeat to UPike. It looked to be an easy affair as Georgetown opened on a 10-0 spurt. The lead grew to 12, 21-9, when the Bears woke up.
The Tigers then trailed, 40-36, late in the first half before claiming the three-point edge.
"At halftime I was just trying to remind them don't do just enough," McCloskey said. "We need to always play Georgetown basketball no matter what."
GC kept fighting and thwarted the upset to stay in second, a half game back of Campbellsville University, in the Mid-South Conference.
The Tigers return to action 2 pm Saturday against Bluefield College (7-7, 2-4) on Alumni Appreciation Day.