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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.
Georgetown College turned a one-point halftime deficit into a huge Mid-South Conference road win that places the team in a three-way tie for fifth. The Tigers went to Lebanon, Tenn. and used a zone with great third quarter shooting for a 69-56 win over No. 19 Cumberland University.
"I'm proud of our 34 points off the bench," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "Emilie (Ziese) was battling foul trouble all night and we got great minutes and production out of Justus (Martin)."
Shelby Beam led the Tigers (8-18, 4-9) with 16 of those 34 points and Martin chipped in with 11. Kaci Currens scored 11 points to lead the starters.
Campbellsville University put together a 20-2 run to start the third quarter, giving the visitors enough breathing room to hang on and spoil Georgetown College women's basketball senior day.
GC (7-18, 3-9) had the No. 9 Tigers (24-5, 9-4) reeling in the first half and even took a 34-32 lead into the break.
However, Campbellsville used costly turnovers to change the tempo of the game in a 74-57 win. Georgetown senior Emilie Ziese looked to alter the pattern, stepping in and making her only three-pointer in the Orange & Black. Coach Andrea McCloskey recognized the trouble facing CU's 1-3-1 trapping half-court defense. She started bringing her posts to match the front. Campbellsville did not challenge the 6-foot-1 forward from Rensselaer, Ind. She responded by calmly stroking the deep shot.
Georgetown College has a new sharp-shooter at the top of the record list. Sophomore Shelby Beam hit 10 three-pointers in a game this past Saturday, breaking the Tigers' men's and women's records for makes in a single game.
Neeley Thomas was the previous record holder on the women's side with eight makes in a game during the 2002-03 season. Russ Chadwell held the record on the men's side with nine makes in a game during the 1992-93 season. Both players are now members of the GC Athletic Hall of Fame.
"I'm really proud of Shelby for breaking this record," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "She has really been putting in the extra time in the gym. All her hard work has really paid off."
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