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Georgetown College women's basketball team struggled to figure out the zone and more importantly making defensive stops Thursday evening. University of Pikeville, playing with a lot of emotion and heart since the announcement of retirement for longtime head coach Bill Watson, pulled off the upset of No. 13 Tigers 66-62 at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
The Bears (8-15, 4-10 Mid-South Conference) managed just nine wins in almost two seasons before Watson said this was his final year. Since then, UPike is on a three game winning streak and finding ways to win.
GC (16-8, 10-5) was up by double digits early and hitting cruise control when Callisha Johnson got white hot. The junior started and was the major part of a 16-0 run that closed the first half and started the second that gave the Bears control.
The Tigers continued to fight and were just down two with the ball as time was winding down. The final shot fell short and a final pair of free throws sealed the deal in Georgetown.
Johnson finished with a game-high 31 points and Peyton Wright threw in 15 and only five other players scored for Pikeville.
Kourtney Tyra led GC with 15 points and Andrea Howard and Devanny King added 14 each. Lizza Jonas grabbed 14 rebounds and Devon Golden added 10.
GC is back in action 2 pm Saturday hosting University of Virginia College at Wise (7-16, 4-10).
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