The Knights' Round Table (2-17-2019)

Knights with Hannah Shadrix of Otter's Chicken - Carrollton. Otter's provided post-game meal.
Knights with Hannah Shadrix of Otter's Chicken - Carrollton. Otter's provided post-game meal.

Basketball Wraps Up Home Schedule

The Knights basketball team enjoyed a good, even if bittersweet, week.  Coach Nikki Okolovitch's squad picked up home wins against the Georgia Highlands Diamonds on Wednesday 101-68 and then on Saturday 106-89 over Georgia Northwestern Tech.  With the announcement in December that athletics would be discontinued at the end of this academic year, Saturday's game was the last home game that the Knights will play.

Winners of 4 in a row and 6 of its last 7, WGTC will be on the road next Saturday at Oxford College of Emory University.  The Knights (14-9, 2-0) face the Eagles (20-7, 0-2) for the 3rd time this season.  The conference rivals met in Oxford on January 26 with the Knights winning 81-79 in the final seconds.  On February 6, the two teams squared off in Carrollton, with WGTC rallying late to force overtime and pulling out a 99-95 win and clinching the GCAA Division III Championship.  Tip next Saturday is set for 4 pm.

The Knights are led by freshman Juwan Johnson's (Covington – Newton) 13.8 ppg.  Also averaging in double figures are sophomore Kameron Hickey (Acworth – Etowah) with 12.9 ppg and freshman Bevon Way (Atlanta – Union Grove) with 10.5 points to go along with a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per game.

WGTC will advance to the NJCAA District VII playoffs on March 2-3 hosted by Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  More information will be forthcoming.

Baseball Picks Up Doubleheader Win

Coming off a series win over Vincennes (IN) last weekend, the Coach Beau Welborn's club was looking forward to three doubleheaders this week.  Rain changed those plans and WGTC was able to get in just one doubleheader on Thursday at Central Alabama.  The Knights were successful, taking Game 1 by a 5-1 margin, then holding off a Trojan rally in Game 2 for a 4-3 win to get the sweep.

Freshman left-hander Isaac Miller (Powder Springs – Harrison) scattered 6 hits over 4 innings to pick up the win in Game 1, improving to 3-0 on the season and improving his ERA to a sparkling 0.59 on the young season.  Another freshman, Dalton Halyard (Acworth – Allatoona) pitched 3 innings allowing just a run to earn his first save.

In Game 2, the Knights struck for 4 runs in the first inning and made it hold up.  Freshman right-hander Corbitt Cimadevilla (1-2) allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, on just 3 hits while striking out 3 over 4 innings to pick-up the win.  Zack Gaines (So., Carrollton – Central) pitched 2 scoreless innings and Carson Fowler (So., Canton – Cherokee) slammed the door in the 7th to secure his first save of the year.

Weather permitting, the Knights (7-4) will host traditional power Southern Union (AL) Wednesday for 1 pm doubleheader.  This weekend, Lincoln Trail College (IL) will visit Carrollton for a 3-game series.  Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 pm with Game 3 set for Sunday at 1 pm.  Home games are played at Central High School.

Softball off to 4-1 Start

The Knights also lost a doubleheader this week to the weather, but they did get some action on Friday in Gainesville against the junior varsity squad from Brenau.  Freshman Kati Mills (Douglasville – South Paulding) picked up wins in relief in both games as WGTC swept the Tigers 6-4 and 4-2.

Coach Monica Mills must be pleased at how her team responded under pressure.  With Game 1 knotted 3-3 in the 4th inning, and 1 out, sophomore Sarah Henderson (Warner Robins – Houston Co.) doubles and moves to 3rd on a single by freshman Kasey Blair (Woodstock – Kell.)  Henderson scores and Blair advances to 3rd on a double by freshman Shea Reagor (Acworth – Allatoona.)  Another freshman Taylor Knight (Carrollton – Mt. Zion) then singles in Blair and Reagor to give the Knights a 6-3 advantage.  Mills entered the game in the 4th and allowed 1 run over the final 4 innings to pick up the win.

There was even more drama in Game 2.  Tied 2-2 in the top of the 7th with 2 outs, sophomore Avian Craft (Hartwell – Hart Co.) singled.  Mills followed that up with a single.  Freshman Alexis Hannen (Omaha, NE – Millard North) doubled, bringing home Craft.  Reagor then singled in Mills and suddenly the Knights led 4-2.  Mills retired the Tigers 1-2-3 in the 7th to secure the sweep.

The Knights stand at 4-1 on the season.  This week, WGTC will have its home-opener on Friday when Brenau visits Carrollton for a 1 pm doubleheader.  On Saturday, the Knights will travel to Cleveland State for a 1 pm doubleheader.