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Four Tigers tallied double-figures in Georgetown College women's basketball team's palindrome win over Shawnee State University, 85-58.
The No. 13 Tigers (14-6, 8-3 Mid-South Conference) looked very comfortable in Portsmouth, Ohio. After four early ties and a 5-0 run by the No. 19 Bears (15-6, 6-5), Georgetown exploded. Devanny King's free throws ended Shawnee's spurt and started a 42-14 run by the Tigers. That was the biggest lead of the first 20 minutes, 53-30.
SSU responded with a 12-1 run at the end of the half and start of the second, but GC coach Andrea McCloskey burned a quick time out that settled her team and thwarted the comeback attempt.
"We were letting them back in the game and I know against a Robin Hagen-Smith team you can't let them have the momentum," McCloskey said. "We got a few things straightened out and refocused to finish out the game."
Kourtney Tyra continued her offensive onslaught, scoring 20 points and dishing out seven assists. Her seven dimes ties her for fourth all-time with Katie Columbus in career assists. The junior is the team's second leading scorer and has been on a tear since returning from Puerto Rico. She's averaging 18.2 points per game in that stretch as well as 6.9 assists.
Andrea Howard is also coming to life after fracturing her shooting hand wrist in preseason. The junior had 17 points against the Bears, including two threes that loosed up the defense. Lizza Jonas had 14 points and Jessica Foster came off the bench for 10 points. Devon Golden finished with nine and King eight.
"We have a very balanced attack," McCloskey said. "That's the way we like it. Over this past stretch of games, we've probably had a different leading scorer almost every night. We like to zero in on defense and know that the offense will be there."
Lindsay Fultz had four points and Haley Armstrong added three as the Tigers remain solidly in third place. Shawnee dropped to fifth with the loss, but from one to five, everyone is separated by two games or less with nine conference games left.
"Our conference is ridiculous and we all know it," McCloskey said. "At any time any team can get hot and when you are playing 20 games inside the conference nothing feels settled until that final game."
St. Catharine is one such team that has heated up as of late. The Patriots are sitting in fourth at 7-4. GC will not play them again until Senior Night Feb. 25, right before the conference tournament.
"We just have to take care of what we can take care of," McCloskey said. "We face the teams that are ahead of us, going to Campbellsville near the end of the season and playing Cumberland at home in the coming weeks. You could drive yourself crazy if you tried to figure it all out. Our focus is our next game, which despite the record will be a tough game."
The Tigers tangle with University of Rio Grande 2 pm Saturday at Rio. The RedStorm are winless in the conference, but have taken several top teams to the final horn and are never an easy opponent.
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