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Lady Barons win 11th straight, set up showdown
Junior guards Dannisha Winfrey and Tori Williams scored 18 points apiece, leading the Brewton-Parker College women's basketball team to a 72-57 win Saturday over Georgia Southwestern State University in Southern States Athletic Conference action at Americus.
The win extended the Lady Barons' winning streak to 11 and their SSAC-leading record to 17-1 (29-1 overall) with two games to play, the next coming Thursday against second-place North Georgia College and State University (20-7, 16-2) on Brewton-Parker's Senior Night at Gillis Gymnasium tipping off at 6 p.m.
"The girls have kept it in the backs of their minds, but they have kept it in perspective knowing each game is crucial," Lady Barons coach Sheila Simmons said of her team's attempt to avenge its only loss from Jan. 15, an 89-60 loss to North Georgia in Dahlonega.
"It's a championship game, absolutely, and it's Senior Night, so it should be a big night. We want to send our two seniors out with a win."
Regardless of Thursday's outcome, NAIA Division I No. 8 ranked Brewton-Parker and No. 15 North Georgia will be the top two seeds for the SSAC postseason tournament March 3-5 at Berry College in Mount Berry.
Against Georgia Southwestern (5-22, 1-17), the Lady Barons forced 30 turnovers and got 16 steals, with junior guard Trivia Richardson of Dublin making six thefts.
Winfrey, a Paterson, N.J., product, added a team-high nine rebounds to her co-leading scoring total. Senior forward Crystal McNeil of Pensacola, Fla., followed Williams and Winfrey with 12 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Ashley Little of Lawrenceville had a team-high six assists.
Junior forward Arlicia McCain led the host Lady 'Canes with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
After Thursday's home finale, Brewton-Parker finishes the regular season Saturday with a 2 p.m. SSAC contest against Shorter College (13-14, 7-11) in Rome, Ga.