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Georgetown College women's basketball erased a nine-point halftime deficit and blistered the nets in the final 20 minutes Saturday. The No. 9 Tigers (21-7) cooled off a red hot University of Pikeville (14-18) team in the semifinals of the 2014 Mid-South Conference Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K/10K Walk/Run.
The Bears seemed unstoppable in the first half, but were no match in the second of an 87-75 GC win. Andrea Howard, Kourtney Tyra, Lizza Jonas and Teonia McCune – the spark off the bench that ignited the rally flame – helped the Tigers hit 70 percent from the field in the second half.
Georgetown heads to the finals 4:30 pm Sunday against Campbellsville University.
Six of McCune's 10 points came in one stretch that tied the game up for the Tigers. The 6-foot-5 post also added four blocks and got into the head of UPike's freshman post Cheyenne Madden.
Howard erupted out of her scoring slump, starting the game 5-of-6. She finished with 19 points. Jonas struggled early offensively, but found her rhythm to also finish with 19.
Tyra finished with a team-high 20 points and swished multiple deep threes to help rattle the Bears throughout the game. She also finished with five rebounds and seven assists.
Devanny King had eight points, two of which gave the Tigers the lead for good. It was her first basket from the field as her focus was on shutting down Madden most of the night.
Jessica Foster had seven, including a three during the second half rally, and Haley Armstrong finished with four.
Callisha Johnson seemed to be on her way to putting Pikeville into the finals. She finished with a game-high 28 and for the better part of the first 30 minutes had her way against Georgetown. Jonas put a freeze on that as GC's defense held the Bears scoreless for nearly seven minutes.
Madden was the only other double-digit scorer for UPike with 16.