Georgia Highlands College women’s basketball team victorious in first home game

The Lady Chargers basketball team stepped into the Floyd campus gym on Nov. 4 for the inaugural home game of the season versus the Wallace State Lady Lions.

To begin the game, Georgia Highlands’ Shanique Holston faced Wallace State’s Jasmine Coleman for the tip off.

GHC quickly took the lead in the game, and the Lady Lions fought hard to keep up.

The game was fast-paced, and even during the downtimes, the pep band and audience kept the energy alive.

By halftime, the Lady Chargers led the Lady Lions 40-20.

At the beginning of the second half, GHC scored eight unanswered points before Wallace State began to catch up.

Though Wallace State outscored the Lady Chargers 41-35 in the second half, they could not make up the first-half deficit.

The Lady Chargers beat the Lady Lions 75-61. Wallace State’s Ashley Nance led the team with 16 points, and Amber Curtis led GHC with 14 points.

Both teams left the court with their heads held high, but the Lady Chargers left the court with their second win in a row. Their excitement could be seen in each of the players’ faces.

Shakierya McClendon, a point guard for GHC, stated, “I liked the intensity; our teamwork is what really won it for us.”

The players weren’t the only ones enjoying the win. Brandan Harrell, the Lady Chargers head coach, was “extremely happy” with the way the women played the first half. The second half was a little rougher than he preferred though.

Harrell said that the team is going to be “learning how to win instead of learning how not to lose” because that’s how they played the last ten minutes of the game. Harrell admitted that this was probably due to the pressure and distraction of it being the first home game.