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West Georgia Wolves’ winning streak comes to an end


  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Jan. 04, 2017 - 12:44 AM

They say all good things come to an end.

Just ask the West Georgia men’s basketball team.

Monday night, Shorter snapped the Wolves’ five-game winning streak in Carrollton with a high-scoring 104-100 victory.

The Wolves entered the contest on a roll after beating Carver in a non-conference game and then opened Gulf South Conference play with victories over West Alabama, Alabama-Huntsville and North Alabama.

West Georgia stepped out of conference play on New Year’s Eve with a victory over Lee College.

In Monday’s loss, Shorter built a 47-40 lead at the end of the first half before the Wolves’ offense caught fire in the second half, outscoring the Hawks 60-57 in the final 20 minutes.

However, it wasn’t enough, sending the Wolves down to defeat for the first time in almost a month when they lost to Columbus State on Dec. 3.

Despite the loss, Stephaun Branch had the hot hand for the Wolves, finishing with 45 points. Branch connected on 5-of-7 shots from 3-point territory.

Shannon Fowler had 23 points for the Wolves and Keron Briggs 16.

Branch wasn’t the only player to turn in an impressive offensive performance. Shorter’s Phil Taylor led all scorers with 48 points.

Taylor connected on 5-of-11 shots from 3-point territory and hit 15-of-16 attempts from the free-throw line.

The loss dropped the Wolves to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in Gulf South Conference action. Shorter improved to 8-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

West Georgia women hold on for victory over Lady Hawks: The West Georgia women’s basketball team started the new year off on a positive note, beating Shorter 52-48.

With the win, West Georgia extended its winning streak to two straight and improved its overall record to 5-4 and 4-1 in the Gulf South Conference.

After the two teams battled to a 25-all tie at the half, West Georgia extended the lead to 45-36 heading into the fourth quarter.

From there, West Georgia held off Shorter’s comeback attempt over the final 10 minutes.

West Georgia was led by Jessica Brown’s 16 points. Brown converted on 2-of-3 3-point attempts. Aysha Harris also finished in double figures with 12 points.

Harris hit 8-of-12 attempts from the free-throw line.

Raven Fair led Shorter with 18 points. Taylor Adams finished with 9 points for the Lady Hawks.

The West Georgia men and women play their next two games in Mississippi when they travel to Delta State on Saturday and Mississippi College on Monday. Both contests count in the Gulf South Conference standings.