McGee dropped in 11 points and pulled down five boards while Williams chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds, but it was not enough as Gadsden State forward Jasmyne Reeves' 16 points led the way to a 87-43 win.
“They were a faster team and I’ll give them credit,” said GNTC head coach Jim Williams, whose team fell to 2-12 overall and 2-3 in region play. “We have done a lot of changes in how we work the roster since the Christmas break. We are just a game below .500 in Region XVII. Hopefully, these tough non-region games will keep us sharp for our main competition and put us in a good spot when tournament time comes around.”
GNTC's starting three guards were held to a combined 22 points on Tuesday. Kenisha Watkins led the way from the backcourt with nine while former Model High standout Alex Patton added five in the win for Gadsden State (8-5).
“We’ve had a rough road with these huge schools,” said Williams. “But it’s going to make us a tough out come tournament time.”
The Lady Bobcats were selected as the pre-season No. 1 team by NJCAA Region XVII coaches last fall.
Georgia Northwestern captured its conference tournament crown last season in Chattanooga. Now, with GNTC’s new affiliation with the NJCAA, the Lady Bobcats will be battling it out at Emory-Oxford in Oxford on Feb. 24-25 in the Region XVII tournament.
They’ll play their last region game on the road in Griffin against Southern Crescent on Feb. 4. The Lady Bobcats dropped the Lady Tigers at home on Jan. 10, 52-45.
The GNTC Athletic Department will celebrate a milestone on Jan. 28 at the Rossville Athletic Center.
With this season marking the fifth of collegiate varsity athletic competition for the school, GNTC has invited back the student-athletes who were on the very first men’s basketball roster.
Those players will be recognized at halftime of the Bobcats' region game against visiting Macon State. During the half of the Bobcats Region XVII match-up with Macon State, the former players will be recognized for the undefeated season they recorded in their pilot season.
"During that year, there were more than 1,700 colleges on all levels of play competing in men’s basketball,” said GNTC Office of Sports Information representative Don Foley. “We were one of only three teams who managed to string together a perfect season.”
Members of that team were Manny Davis (Ridgeland), Casey Day (Trion), Matt Hill (Trion), Brandon Harris (LaFayette), Anthony Lumpkin (Ringgold), Tim McKeever (Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe), Dustin Rosser (Trion), Nate Smith (LaFayette), and Bud Todd (Trion).