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Georgia College scores game's final six points, outlasts Lander 63-57

Georgia College scores game's final six points, outlasts Lander 63-57

GREENWOOD – The Lander women's basketball team came from behind to pull into a tie with under three minutes left but couldn't finish, falling to Georgia College 63-57 in Peach Belt Conference action Tuesday night at Horne Arena.

Lander fell to 4-3 overall, 1-1 in the Peach Belt.

The Bobcats, who scored the game's final six points, improved to 3-5, 2-1 in the PBC.

The Bearcats scored only about half as many points as they did in their 117-82 victory over Columbus State Saturday when they set a Peach Belt record for most points ever in a conference game.

Mylea McKenith did not have a good shooting night for Lander but finished with 15 points while also leading the team with a career-high tying seven steals and four assists. She made eight of eight free throws.

Jessica Harris added 12 points and six rebounds for the Bearcats. Tabitha Dailey scored nine points while leading Lander with 11 rebounds. Symone Starks also scored nine points for the Bearcats while Amiaya Melvins added six points and seven boards.

Jasmine McSwain scored the go-ahead four points for the Bobcats and led them with 16 points while grabbing seven rebounds.

Erin Drynan added 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for Georgia College. Harper Vick had seven points, six assists, six rebounds and two blocked shots for the Bobcats.

Georgia College scored the final five points of the opening quarter to take a 16-14 lead going into the second period. The Bobcats led by as many as seven in the first half, 27-20, on Vick's three-point play with 4:38 left.

Georgia College regained its seven-point lead on Drynan's three-pointer, making it 34-27 with 46 seconds left. Miriam Recarte's three from the right wing with 26 seconds to go pulled Lander within 34-30 at halftime.

McKenith and Starks rallied the Bearcats early in the third quarter. Starks hit a game-tying three from in front of the Lander bench to make it 37-all at the seven-minute mark. McKenith got a steal, was fouled and hit two free throws to put the Bearcats back on top for the first time since late in the opening period.

Starks hit a three from the left wing off another McKenith steal and then Harris hit a trey from the right side off a long pass from McKenith to give Lander a 45-37 advantage with 4:55 to go. Dailey followed with a put-back to give the Bearcats their first double-digit lead at 47-37, completing a 13-0 run.

But the Bobcats answered with a 13-0 run of their own.

Shay Tarver's 3 with 2:22 left in the third was Georgia College's first field goal of the quarter. Drynan followed with a layup and then a pair of free throws, pulling the visitors within 47-46 going into the final period.

Cassidy Markle's jumper put the Bobcats back on top in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and Tarver's layup made it 50-47, giving them 13 unanswered points.

After three missed free throws and a missed layup, Lander finally broke the drought on McKenith's three that tied the game at 50 with 7:39 left.

The Bearcats didn't score another basket from the field until 3:47 left in the game when Melvins made a layup off McKenith's steal and long pass, pulling the hosts within 54-53.

After Sydney Cleveland's three put Georgia College back up by four, Lander tied it when Ariana Sanders made a jumper and McKenith got a steal and layup to even the game at 57 with 2:36 left.

The Bobcats regained their four-point lead on a pair of McSwain baskets over the next 1:05. Georgia College had a chance to extend its lead but was called for an offensive foul with 36 seconds left. However, Lander missed a short jumper and Vick added two more free throws.