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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.
Haley Armstrong had a coming out party at the right time. The sophomore scorer tallied a new career-high, 16, as Georgetown College women's basketball team punched its ticket to the 2014 Mid-South Conference Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K/10K Run/Walk. The No. 9 Tigers (20-7) handed University of Rio Grande (18-13) an 87-77 defeat. Not only do the RedStorm exit the tournament, but this was their final season in the MSC as they move to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2014-15.
Armstrong tied the game at 50 with a jumper from the foul line with 13:16 remaining. Rio answered with eight straight, forcing GC's coach Andrea McCloskey to burn a 30 second timeout.
"Even in warmups, the ball was just coming off my hand well tonight," Armstrong said. "I have to thank my teammates for trusting me and getting me the ball. I've struggled at times this year, but they keep having faith in me and tonight it felt good."
Georgetown College women's basketball comes into postseason play Friday sitting second in the conference and ranked ninth nationally. The Mid-South Conference announced its yearly accolades Thursday morning and three Tigers were on the all-conference teams and five earned all-academic honors.
Kourtney Tyra for the fourth time has been named to the MSC All-Conference First team. She is joined by Andrea Howard, making her second appearance on first team and third to be listed as all-conference. Lizza Jonas for the second straight season is listed as second team.
Georgetown College men's and women's basketball teams learned their playoff schedule late Saturday evening. The Mid-South Conference will run Thursday-Sunday in Lebanon, Tenn.
The No. 14 men's team is set for a third meeting with Bluefield College. Tip is set for 7 pm Thursday. The No. 8 women's team will start postseason with a showdown with University of Rio Grande. Tip is set for 7 pm Friday in Lebanon, Tenn. The Tigers swept both these teams in the regular season respectively.
Another first half slow start but the No. 8 Georgetown College women's basketball team in an early hole. The Tigers (19-7, 13-5 MSC) made furious comeback, but fell to No. 23 University of the Cumberlands (19-9, 13-5), 61-60.
Jessica Foster and Teonia McCune led the charge Thursday as the Tigers tried to rally in Williamsburg, Ky. The post players each had 12 points, while McCune added five blocks and eight rebounds.
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