Shay Jackson and Avianna Phillips led the Eagles with 19 points each as Trinity Baptist College opened the 2017-2018 women’s basketball season at home with the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Bobcats Friday evening. The two teams fought a seesaw battle throughout the first half, but an early third-quarter run gave the Bobcats the lead, and they held on to win 72-60.

Jackson connected 5 of 7 three-point attempts and 4 of 5 free throws to compile her 19 points. Four of those long-range threes came in the first half with two in each quarter.

Shay Jackson hit five three-point shots.

Phillips, meanwhile, spread her scoring evenly throughout all four quarters, hitting two threes and seven free throws in the process.

The two teams traded leads all throughout the first and second quarters with neither team leading by more than three at any point very until late in the second quarter when GNTC’s Katy Phillips buried a three-pointer just seconds before the buzzer. After a 12-10 first-quarter lead for Trinity, GNTC outscored the Eagles 32-24 in an action-packed second to take a 42-36 lead into halftime.

GNTC started its run right out of the intermission and built a big lead before Trinity came back late in the quarter to pull to within nine at the whistle. GNTC, though, played solid defense in the fourth and got points from four different shooters to put up the game’s final score.

Madison Lewis outscored everyone else with 27 points; more than half that total (14) came in the second quarter. Jayla Stone was second on the Bobcats with 17, and Tori Harvey scored 13. Phillips had seven, and two other Bobcats contributed points in the win in what was also GNTC’s season opener. The Bobcats shot 40% on the night.

Meanwhile, Meagan Goodman scored nine for Trinity while Diamond Alford had eight and Shaina Hill contributed five. Trinity shot 35% in the first half, but the GNTC defense held the Eagles to 26% shooting in the second. Trinity was 13 for 30 at the line, which turned out the biggest difference in the final score.

The Eagles will next play at the Pensacola Classic on three consecutive days next week from November 9-11. On Thursday, Trinity plays Randall College and then faces Faulker University on Friday and Judson College on Saturday. The next home game is on Friday, November 16, versus Warner University.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC