The Peach Belt Conference tournament began for the Georgia College women’s basketball team on Saturday as they traveled to take on Lander University in the quarterfinals. The fourth seeded Bobcats (15-12), from the western division, were upset minded as the Bearcats (23-6) would represent the first seed in the east. However, the Bobcats had a lot of confidence going into the game as they had just narrowly lost to Lander at home, 70-65, after squandering a late lead on the previous Wednesday.
The matchup on paper was sure to be a good one, and the performance on the court was no less. The Bobcats saw four players, three of which were starters, score in double digits. Sophomore point guard LaRice Walker was phenomenal in running the offense, scoring fourteen points and dishing out six assists. However, the difference in the game could arguably be the recent surge from junior sharpshooter Mckenna Rushton off of the bench. Rushton played just nineteen minutes but managed to score fifteen points, including shooting 4-for-5 from the three point line. The Bobcats led by, always consistent, senior guards Enisha Donley (19 pts, 9-17) and Shanteona Keys (12 pts, 5-9), outscored Lander 35-29 in the second half to overcome the one-point half time deficit and seal the 72-67 victory.
Georgia College will now make their way into the semifinal round and look to build on this upset victory. They will be taking on North Georgia.