GC Women’s Basketball Edged by Young Harris, 59-57

Senior forward Erin Drynan
Senior forward Erin Drynan

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – It came down to the wire, but the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (10-17, 8-13 PBC) dropped a 59-57 decision to Young Harris College (6-21, 4-17 PBC) Wednesday night at the Centennial Center.

Down 58-52 with a minute left, the Bobcats clawed back into the game, first getting a layup from Kenyatta Storms (Alpharetta) in traffic, then a steal and a Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) three to cut the game to one at 58-57 with 11 seconds left.

After the Mountain Lions hit one free throw to stretch the lead to two, a potential overtime-forcing layup for the Bobcats rattled out as time expired.

Senior Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) saw her first action since Feb. 6 and responded with a team-high 13 points, going 6-of-12 from the field. The forward nabbed a team-high with seven rebounds as well.

Cleveland added 12 points, including 3-for-6 from long range. She added five rebounds and three steals. Storms was a boxscore filler, finishing with six points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

The Bobcats were strong defensively, causing 35 turnovers to take a 25-16 advantage in points off takeaways. Young Harris won the battle of the boards 43-30.

The three shots from beyond the arc by Cleveland give the senior 149 in her career, passing Melanie Stephens (1996) and tying Betsy Foy (1992) for sixth place in school history.

The loss puts the Bobcats at 8-13 in PBC play, tied for seventh in the league standings. With one game left in conference play, the Bobcats could finish as high as seventh or as low as ninth. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament in March.

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. playing host to Francis Marion University (11-14, 8-13 PBC). The Patriots most recently won at home against UNC Pembroke 76-52 today.

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