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Day one of the 17th Mid-South Conference women's basketball championship got rolling with an upset minded day. Georgetown College concluded the night and third-seeded Shawnee State University needed overtime to survive the scare Thursday at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The Bears did most of their damage in the final five minutes from the line. Attempting 19 foul shots to Georgetown's three. They had 11 before the Tigers even went to the stripe. SSU advances to Saturday's semifinal with the 74-64 win.
"It is a hard loss, but it is the way the ball bounces sometimes," McCloskey said. "I'm proud of the way we fought, of the way we didn't let the little things bother us, and how we never gave up. Even late in overtime we were still battling for every chance."
The 17th Mid-South Conference Women's Basketball Tournament kicked off Wednesday night with the awards banquet in the Frankfort Plaza Hotel.
Georgetown College was well represented with three all-academic honorees, sophomore or higher with a 3.25 or better grade point average. The Tigers also had two of the 10 First Team All-Conference winners.
Senior Devanny King and junior Jessica Foster earned votes from the seven league coaches to be part of the 10-member all-conference squad.
Georgetown College women's and men's basketball teams begin postseason play Thursday and Friday respectively. Both open with the 8 pm quarterfinal game.
The Tiger women enter the Mid-South Conference as a #6 seed. They will play a rubber match with No. 19 Shawnee State University. The Bears won in Portsmouth on January 15, and two-plus weeks later the Tigers won in Georgetown.
The men are the three seed and open with Life University, which it swept during the regular season.
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Georgetown College women's basketball finished off the regular season Saturday at Mid-South Conference rival Campbellsville University.
No. 4 Campbellsville University (27-2, 12-2) opened with a big run on its Senior Day and never looked back in the 74-59 win. GC (14-11, 5-9) never quit, but could not overcome the 9-0 deficit. Georgetown got as close as eight points early in the first half when another CU spurt put it out of reach.
"We got a little tight after missing some of our early shots and were pressing ourselves," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "When you play a team such as Campbellsville you can't dig holes like that. But right now all we are looking at is the postseason. We've had a nice season with such a new mix of players. We come together now, we can make a run."
Whenever Georgetown College women's basketball needed a big play Thursday somebody stepped up in Springfield, Ky. against St. Catharine College. The Mid-South Conference regular season will come to a close Saturday, but the Tigers (14-10, 5-8) picked up a very important road win 69-52.
"It was a great team win tonight," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "This is what we've been wanting them to see all year. That everyone can find a way to contribute no matter if you are a starter or if you come off the bench, everyone has a role and can make a difference.
"We should be a really tough team to defend, but we've been limiting ourselves offensively. Hopefully tonight our players saw what coach (Kourtney) Tyra and I have been talking about all season. I was pleased top to bottom at the effort and team unity tonight."
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