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Living and dying by the three-point shot can create a lot of excitement and heartbreak. Depending on which side you were cheering for Tuesday evening, both emotions were flowing. Georgetown College women's basketball traveled to Berea College for an out of conference showdown.
The Mountaineers (5-2) heated up from behind the arc and used 14 threes in a 65-56 win over the Tigers (3-7).
Shelby Beam sparked a 10-0 run late in the second quarter that made it 26 all at the break. She hit a three and then assisted on a three by Kennedy Flynn. The lone deep balls for the visitors in the first 20 minutes. The run continued to start the second half. Beam fueled a 9-5 spurt that had GC equal its largest lead of the game four, 35-31. Berea finished on a 14-6 run and never looked back.
The season continues to speak for itself as more volleyball honors are bestowed on Georgetown College student-athletes. NAIA office announced Tuesday afternoon Jenny Howell, Sarah Bell and Ashlee Howe have been named to the All-American teams.
Howell, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, earned second team honors, a step above her third team placement a year ago. She tallied 513 kills and becomes the ninth Tiger to ever earn NAIA All-American status at least twice in her career.
"Jenny's development from freshman year has been fun to watch," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "Her hitting abilities really took center stage this past year and then her growth to being an all court player was vital to our success this season."
With a historic program that is a prohibitive favorite to be in the national tournament every year, it becomes difficult to earmark one season over another as best. This year is no different for the Georgetown College volleyball team. The Tigers were ranked in the Top 15 all season, reaching as high as No. 8 during a stretch of 13 straight wins. Injuries mounted and made the postseason a difficult road, but GC played hard in Sioux City, Iowa. It ended much earlier than coach Nick Griffin or his team would have liked, but one thing is for sure, the accolades will not.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association has already started the wheel of postseason honors to trickle Georgetown's way.
For the second time in three years a Tiger assistant has been honored as the Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Felicia Pace, in her third season with GC, was selected as the 2016 honoree.
Shawnee State University men's basketball did all it could in the final 20 minutes to put a tally in the Mid-South Conference win column. However, Georgetown College weathered the storm in large part to big second chance points from Chris Coffey. The Tigers enter a two-week break for finals and holidays with an 81-73 win over the Bears.
The sophomore had a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds. Six of those boards were offensive and three of those came in a stretch when the No. 2 Tigers (11-1, 3-0) desperately needed a spark.
"Chris had some big put backs for us today," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We need to learn how to sustain our energy and sustain our focus and do a better job of doing what we do in practice every single day."
A youthful team will have its growing pains, it is how it processes, learns and moves forward from those that matter. Georgetown College women's basketball finishes up its first semester play Tuesday with a trip to Berea College. Then a small break in the action for finals and holidays to see where the team with 11 freshmen and sophomores with a junior and a senior develop from the tough opening stretch of the season.
Saturday was the final game inside the Mid-South Conference until Jan. 9. Unfortunately it came against perennial power Shawnee State University. The Tigers (3-6, 0-3) had it close early and a couple of baskets from Kennedy Flynn made it interesting midway through the second quarter. However, the Bears (12-0, 3-0) closed on a 13-3 run and never looked back. They won 84-66.
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