West Georgia and Valdosta State entered Thursday night's Gulf South Conference matchup in desperate need of a win, and the result was a barn burner in The Coliseum in Carrollton. In the end, The Wolves edged out the Lady Blazers 55-51.
The two teams were never able to seperate themselves from one another on the scoreboard throughout the night and exchanged leads six lead times with four ties in the first half alone, with neither team leading by more than four points.
During the final three minutes of the first half, UWG took a four point lead two different times. The Lady Blazers refused to let the wolves seperate any further, however, as they connected for eight points during the final 2:43 of the first frame. Six of those eight points were offered up by Maggie Davis on two layups and two free throws. The back and forth during the first half led to a 21-21 deadlock at halftime.
In the first two minutes of the second period, the Wolves outscored the Lady Blazers 7-2 to take their largest lead of the night at 28-23 before April Thomas came alive for the red and black. The Lady Blazers ripped off a 13-0 run in the next four minutes to overtake West Georgia and take an eight point lead, VSU's largest of the night. Thomas accounted for all 13 of the Lady Blazers' points during the run.
At the 12:26 mark, Ashley Prather helped the Wolves slighten their deficit with a layup to close the gap to five at 36-31, but a layup and free throw by Reshaundra Owens and Kourtnee Williams, respectively, opened the Lady Blazers' lead back up to eight.
During the next two minutes, the Wolves clawed their way back into the game under the performance of Seandre Lee, who finished with 20 points and accounted for five of the Wolves next eight points, to tie the game back up at 39-39 with 9:03 remaining.
The Wolves and Lady Blazers proceeded to exchange four lead changes and four ties in the final quarter of the game. The Lady Blazers trailed within the final two minutes before Williams executed a layup to knot the score up at 48-48 with 1:24 remaining. West Georgia was able to escape with the victory after outscoring the Lady Blazers 7-3 in the final moments of the battle. The Wolves' final seven points all came from the free throw line.
The result tacked on the third straight league loss for the Lady Blazers to drop their overall record to 8-5 and their GSC record to 3-4. The win for the Wolves was their second of the season over a conference opponent. West Georgia improved their record to 4-10 overall and 2-6 in GSC play.
The grueling road trip continues on Saturday in Rome, Ga. with the Lady Blazers taking on the Shorter Hawks. The GSC matchup is slated for 2 p.m..