(Lookout Mountain, GA) – Georgia Northwestern roared out of the gates in their non-region game with Covenant College Wednesday night racking up 19 points off turnovers in the first stanza.
The pace continued in the final twenty minutes as the Lady Cats captured win number 11 of the season, 70-47.
Freshman Lady Cat Kiarra Parks (Cleveland, TN) led all scorers with 17 points in the road win. Fellow freshman Alana Jones (Rockmart, GA) dropped in ten points, dished out five assists, and collected five steals on the night. First-year forward Alyssa Nichelson (Canton, GA) would rack up 10 points and clean the road glass for 10 boards. Armuchee, Georgia native Sierra Smith would add a dozen points in the Lady Cat effort.
Senior Lady Scot Amy Dykstra (Acworth, GA) led Covenant with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Georgia Northwestern used full-court pressure in the first-half to lead to 30 Covenant turnovers. The Lady Cats would convert 18 steals in the defensive effort.
NJCAA Region XVII leading rebounder Odessa Person (Lineville, AL) was absent from Wednesday’s roster as she continues to nurse a high-ankle sprain on her right leg. She is listed as questionable for the Lady Cats next action Saturday at home against city rival Georgia Highlands. Fellow Lady Post Terika Mostella (Cartersville, GA) tried to pick up the slack by pulling down 11 boards in Wednesday’s match-up.
Georgia Northwestern (11-8, 4-0) will be defending their NJCAA Region XVII title at the post-season tournament February 22-24 at Middle Georgia Tech in Warner-Robbins, Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern (70) – Alana Jones 10, Cole 9, Alyssa Nichelson 10, Sierra Smith 12, Mostella 5, Kiarra Parks 17, Flaherty, Price 7.
Covenant College (47) – Stuart 9, Bell, Amy Dykstra 17, Fikkert 2, Weichbrodt 2, Pollard, Johnson, Geving 3, Thornburg, Patterson 6, Vander Ploeg, Hooper 8, Hendrick, Holland, Nye, Saylor.
Halftime Score: 36-20, Georgia Northwestern.