Special to the Journal
Albany, Ga – It wasn’t the prettiest.
But it was still another win for the Darton State College Lady Cavaliers, who are now 10-1 after beating South Georgia Technical College 52-50 in a GCAA battle that continued into overtime.
Darton hit 20 of 51 field goal attempts and managed to sink one out of six three-point tries. In spite of that, the young team still found a way to pull off a win, which could say a lot about the team’s eagerness to succeed.
“It was a good win, our program needs that kind of game right now,” said Darton assistant basketball coach Brandon Podgorski.
Darton led 30-25 at the close of the first half, but the Lady Cavs found themselves trailing the Lady Jets by two points as the final seconds began to tick off the clock.
But sophomore guard Michelle Mitchell worked her way through the Lady Jets’ defense and hit a jumper with only 2.7 seconds remaining. Spectators erupted as the game went into overtime tied 48-48.
It would be Mitchell who scored again, with 1:03 left to play in overtime, to give Darton a two-point lead that the Lady Jets couldn’t get back.
“Michelle was the one who really carried us last night,” Podgorski said.
Mitchell scored 22 points and led the team with 9 rebounds. Sophomore post player Chanteniece Fann scored 13 points and fought for 5 total rebounds.
The Lady Cavs’ win streak increases to eight games as they remain undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 GCAA record. They’re ranked No. 24 in the NJCAA Coaches Poll that was posted Wednesday.