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Georgetown College women's basketball had everyone on upset alert as the team battled No. 22 University of Pikeville in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference tournament in Frankfort, Ky.
The Tigers (8-20) came out cold after holding a one-point edge after 20 minutes. The Bears (21-9) used five GC turnovers to go on a 19-7 run in the third quarter. It was the unraveling of the women's season as they fell 73-59.
Mid-South Conference helped women's basketball teams inside the league celebrate another banner 2016-17 season. Five of the eight teams spent significant time ranked in the Top 25 of the national coach's poll while three finished the year in the Top 10 and a fourth in the Top 25. A fifth team was receiving votes.
"This is a strong conference top to bottom, so any and all recognition is a big accomplishment," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey.
Five Tigers were announced Tuesday afternoon as being part of the all-academic team – Shelby Beam, Kennedy Flynn, Lydia Graves, Martina Lytle and Emilie Ziese. These five are sophomores or higher with at least a 3.25 grade point average.
Georgetown College women's basketball enters postseason play Thursday with a 4 pm Mid-South Conference quarterfinal game against No. 22 University of Pikeville. However, Wednesday evening all eight teams will gather in Frankfort for a banquet to celebrate the season.
Part of the celebration will be honoring the 55 student-athletes that earned MSC All-Academic as announced by the league Tuesday afternoon. Five Tigers maintained a 3.25 grade point average or higher with at least sophomore standing. They are: Shelby Beam, Kennedy Flynn, Lydia Graves, Martina Lytle and Emilie Ziese.
Georgetown College men's and women's basketball teams head to Frankfort this coming week for the Mid-South Conference tournament. The men struggled a bit down the stretch, but with a road win Thursday secured a second-seed. The women came on strong in the end, winning three of the final six conference games to pick up fifth place.
Both teams finished in ties the league had to decipher out to determine placement. The women were in a three-way tie for fifth and had same head-to-head and record against MSC opponents. The third tiebreak, there was no common opponents amongst all three and thus went to points. GC won that for fifth place and a 4 pm Thursday date with No. 22 University of Pikeville.
Georgetown College women's basketball finished the regular season with a tough challenge – playing No. 2 Lindsey Wilson College, which was coming off its first loss of the season, on the Blue Raiders' senior day.
The Tigers (8-19, 4-10) were coming off a huge road win over No. 19 Cumberland University, but Saturday the momentum was in LWC's favor. The home team scored 20-plus points in the last three quarters for a 79-56 win.