WGTC Claims 5th Straight GCAA Championship
Golden Knights Receive Conference Recognition
Oxford, GA – Behind 18 points from Alexis Henderson and a double-double by Kia Jefferson, the Golden Knights women's basketball team claimed its 5th consecutive Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Women's Division III Basketball Championship here Sunday with a 54-44 win over Southern Crescent. With the win, the Knights advance to the District G Championship Saturday at 1 pm on the road at Montgomery College, (MD).
On Sunday, the Tigers led 15-13 after the opening period. The Knights then took control on the defensive end. WGTC (8-13) limited Southern Crescent to 8 points in the 2nd period to take a 28-23 lead at the break and then allowed just 5 points in the 3rd to take control 45-28.
Several Knights were also recognized by the GCAA. Sophomores Kia Jefferson (Dallas-East Paulding) and Victoria Kennedy (LaGrange-LaGrange) and freshmen Eriyana Mitchell (Riverdale-Mt. Zion) and Phyllissee Lewis (Bridgeport, CT - Central-Bridgeport) were 1st Team GCAA selections. Sophomore Chase Parker (Newnan-Heritage) along with freshmen Ukari Overby (Locust Grove-Locust Grove) and Destiney Zimmerman (Dothan, AL-Northview) were named to the All-Defensive Team. Coach Alford Williams was recognized as the GCAA Coach of the Year.
WGTC will renew a rivalry of sorts with Montgomery College. The Raptors and Knights have played twice before for the NJCAA District G Championship. In 2014, WGTC won 87-63 and just last season, the Knights won 81-70 in a game played at Oxford-Emory. This season, Montgomery boasts a 20-6 overall record and were ranked 4th in the most recent national poll. They won the Region 20 Championship Sunday with an 85-66 win over Westmoreland County. Interestingly, the two teams were scheduled to play in Carrollton in December, but that game was cancelled after a snowstorm hit the area that week. The winner will advance to the NJCAA National Championship hosted by Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL.