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Georgetown College women's basketball team took sole possession of second place in the Mid-South Conference with an 83-68 win Thursday night at Campbellsville University. But, the No. 18 Tigers know there is no time to relax with two more games in the next three days.
"It was a good win, we will enjoy that during our bus ride home and then it is back to work," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "Every game is important in the Mid-South Conference. We have to go to Lindsey Wilson and then host St. Catharine. Those are two huge games and what we accomplished tonight might not mean anything if we don't take care of business and finish out the regular season."
Georgetown came out swinging against No. 16 Campbellsville and the game was never in doubt. The team scored 12 unanswered, a deficit CU never could overcome. Campbellsville got within single-digits several times in the first half and 11 twice and 10 twice in the second half, but never got it under a three-possession game.
GC Tigers (19-8, 13-5) found a way to be dominant in the paint against the lankier CU Tigers (20-8, 12-6). They scored 52 points inside the paint, while holding CU to just 26. Lizza Jonas led the way with a game-tying high 19 points. She chipped in seven rebounds, putting her two shy of grabbing 500 at Georgetown, three assists and one block in 33-plus minutes of action. Andrea Howard also continued to shrug off her recent shooting slump, scoring six of GC's first 14 points including the first two. The junior finished the night with 18 points and six rebounds despite having to sit much of the first half with two fouls.
Kourtney Tyra also found her rhythm from the field, hitting three-of-four from deep in the first 20 minutes, and finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. The junior is six from tying the career assist record at Georgetown and seven from claiming it.
Devanny King also battled foul trouble, but finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior Devon Golden scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in a foul-shortened game as she fouled out for just the second time this season.
Coach McCloskey got solid minutes off the bench from senior Lindsay Fultz, six points and three rebounds, and freshmen Jessica Foster, four points, and Haley Armstrong, two points.
"It is the time of year where we everyone has to be ready to go in no matter what," McCloskey said. "We had to play almost 10 minutes without Andrea and five without Devanny in the first half. I felt very comfortable bringing in Lindsay, Haley and Jessica. They all brought a lot of energy and contributed when we needed them to."
Georgetown heads to Lindsey Wilson now. The Blue Raiders (16-12, 7-11) are in a fight for making the conference tournament next week in Frankfort and are coming off a loss to St. Catharine Thursday night. The Tigers have not won in Columbia since the 2007-08 season.