Lady Cavs beat No. 9 Georgia Highlands in come-from-behind victory, move up to No. 1 in conference
ROME – After trailing 10-0 in the first few minutes of the game, and again by 14 with ten minutes to go before the final, the Darton State College Lady Cavaliers came back to beat Georgia Highlands 69-64, Saturday, in the biggest game of the season so far.
The Lady Cavs went into the game ranked No. 2 in the conference and No. 18 in the NJCAA. They toppled Georgia Highlands to become the No. 1 team in the GCAA. Georgia Highlands entered the game undefeated by a conference team and ranked No. 9 in the latest NJCAA national poll.
“It was one of those games where both teams had a good game and played well,” said Darton head women’s basketball coach Lea Henry. “It just so happened we got control of it at the right time.”
That time came with only ten minutes remaining on the clock. Darton was down by 14 points and, following a timeout, executed a full-court press.
“It really turned the tables,” Henry said. “Everything started happening from there.”
Returning Darton sophomore Michelle Mitchell stepped up and took over the game, scoring 23 of her game-high 28 points in the second half. Before it was all over she would snag 10 rebounds too.
Freshmen Jasmine Wilson and Kadayasha Jones scored 12 and eight points for Darton, respectively. Sophomore Chanteniece Fann returned to the court for the Lady Cavs, having been sidelined due to a knee injury, and scored six points and grabbed three rebounds. Although she didn’t have the big stats she’s generated in previous games, her presence on the court means a lot to the Cavalier team, Henry said.
“It was a great team win,” Henry said. “Everybody did their part.”
Darton State is now 17-2 overall and 9-1 in conference play. The program is expected to see a jump in the top 25 national poll, which should be released by the NJCAA on Wednesday.
The Lady Cavs play at home, Wednesday, against Atlanta Metro State College at 6 p.m.