By Matt Stewart
DASHER -- For two basketball coaches that got a win Tuesday, Georgia Christian's Robert Jeffords and Philip Guthrie didn't sound like it.
Of course, having to play overtime, like both the boys and girls did Tuesday at Elrod Gym, will do that to a head coach.
"I'm proud of them for battling, but we played terrible," Jeffords said after the Generals 55-52 overtime win against Crisp Academy. "We play sloppy, then we play great. Tonight our offense was just really bad."
Guthrie sounded similar after the Lady Generals pulled out a 53-51 overtime win against Crisp's girls.
"We just didn't play very well," Guthrie said. "We really couldn't get anything going. To be honest with you, we got by with a win."
The Generals (8-5, 3-1 region) led 46-39 with 3:11 to play, but the Wildcats answered with seven straight points. Georgia Christian's Derek Broome and Crisp's Matt Jolly traded free throws to even the game at 48-all and when the Generals' Walker Sloan had his three pointer dance out of the rim as time expired, the game went to overtime.
"We played to their level," Jeffords said of Crisp, now 1-3 in region play. "We're a lot better team than we showed tonight."
Sloan, who led Georgia Christian with 16 points, drained his third three of the night to give the Generals a 53-50 advantage in overtime and then iced the game with two free throws with eight seconds to play.
"It's a good win for us," Jeffords said. "It puts us in good position in the region."
The Generals took a 35-26 lead in the second half on the strength of 12 third-quarter points from sophomore Dustin Jeffords, who finished with 14 points.
Georgia Christians' Nathan Renfro added 15 in the win.
Crisp was led by A.C. Whelchel's 16 points.
The Generals, in second place in the region, face first place and region unbeaten Randolph Southern Friday at home.
The Lady Generals (8-6, 5-1 region) and Crisp's girls both got off to a slow start, combining to go 0-for-11 from the field to start the game and going scoreless for the first 4:15 of the game.
Georgia Christian's slow start was partly due to discipline problems, which forced a few of the Lady Generals regular starters to begin the game on the bench, Guthrie said.
The Lady Generals trailed 24-18 at the half and by as many as eight points in the third quarter before storming back to take their first lead with 2:26 to play.
"It was a very short halftime talk," Guthrie said.
"It was basically, they knew what to do, it was time to do it. They showed some heart by coming out in the second half and playing tough."
Ahead 46-44 with 57 seconds to play, the Lady Generals had the ball stolen by Crisp's Jenna Ellis, who glided in for a lay-up, tying the game and sending it to overtime.
Georgia Christian's defense held the Lady Wildcats (5-9) scoreless until Ellis hit a three with 11 seconds left in the overtime period, cutting the Lady Generals lead to 52-49.
But Georgia Christian was almost automatic at the free throw line, hitting 6-of-6 in overtime and 10-of-12 in the final seven minutes of play.
"That's the difference in the ballgame," Guthrie said. "We don't hit them, we lose."
The Lady Generals were led by Morgan Plyler's 15 points, while Nicole Renfro added 14 and Ashley Carter had 12.
Crisp was led by Carley Hamilton's 14 points.
The Lady Generals tip off with Randolph Southern at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home.
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