No. 4 Clayton State women step up on the road with 81-56 victory at Georgia College
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – February 7, 2012 – The road continued to be kind for the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team on Tuesday as they rolled to an impressive 81-56 victory at in-state rival Georgia College in Peach Belt Conference action.
The victory was the third straight for Clayton State, which is ranked No. 4 in Division II. The Lakers improve to 21-2 overall and 11-1 in the Peach Belt, while Georgia College falls to 4-17 overall and 2-10 in the Peach Belt.
"This is crunch time, and every game is key," said Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox. "The press worked very well for us, but Georgia College was well-prepared and played hard."
Clayton State started strong, racing out to an early 14-0 lead. Shacamra Jackson and Alexiss Griffin each drained 3-point baskets, and Tanisha Woodard scored in transition off a Georgia College turnover. Georgia College trimmed the Laker lead to as little as six points before another 3-point basket by Griffin pushed the Clayton State lead to 30-18 at the 3:25 mark.
Griffin sank her third 3-point basket of the half with 54 seconds remaining, giving Clayton State a 35-21 lead at halftime.
"Our starters came to play today," Cox said. "They had to play some minutes, especially in the first half. But I thought the reserves stepped up and responded better in the second half."
Kayla Mobley scored twice inside early in the second half to lift the Laker lead to 20 points. She added another lay-up at the 16:25 mark to make the Clayton State lead 46-27. Georgia College cut the lead three times to 12 points, including on a lay-up by Shanteona Keys with 12:03 remaining to make the Laker lead 52-40.
But that was as close as the Lady Bobcats would get.
Drameka Griggs sank two 3-point baskets to give the Lakers a 63-45 lead at the 9:07 mark. Consecutive lay-ups by Mobley and Jessica Covington, plus a 3-point play by Griggs increased the Clayton State lead to 76-51 with 2:42 remaining.
Covington's jumper in the lane gave the Lakers their largest lead of the game 81-54 with 1:27 remaining.
Mobley paced Clayton State with a career-high 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field, while Griffin scored a career-high 16 points on four 3-point baskets. Griggs and Brittany Hall each added 11 points. Clayton State shot 48 percent from the field, including 56 percent from 3-point range.
"Alexiss had a tremendous game and I am happy and proud for her," Cox said. "She has worked so hard in practice, and today she took advantage of the opportunity."
Georgia College was paced by Keys with a game-high 22 points, followed by Krysta Lewis with 14 points.
Clayton State travels to North Georgia on Saturday for a Peach Belt encounter at 1:30 p.m.