Indians fall to North Hall in region tournament

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians lost to the North Hall Trojans 61-51 on Thursday night. North Hall

Junior Jones Harris driving into the lane.

won the coin toss that decided the game’s location the week before, so they hosted the first round matchup of the Region 7-3A tournament.

Junior Jones Harris scored 28 points to lead the Indians in scoring. Senior Gus Faulkner scored 10 points, gathered 6 rebounds, and recorded 5 assists.

The Indians’ season ends at 10-13.

Pulley’s 35 leads Lumpkin Co. to narrow victory

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians defeated the Union Co. Panthers 56-54 on Saturday night in Dahlonega.

Senior Gus Faulkner goes up for a lay-up.

The Indians withstood a late run from the Panthers that cut their late 8-point lead to only 2.

Senior Chandler Pulley scored a career-high 35 points, including a school record 8 three-pointers, to carry his team to victory. Senior Gus Faulkner also recorded 7 assists, inching him closer to the school’s record.

Lumpkin Co.’s next game is Tuesday night, when they will play at North Hall high school at 7:30 p.m.

Lumpkin Co. turns up pressure in victory

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians defeated the Gilmer Bobcats 60-48 on Friday night in Dahlonega. The Indians created plenty of fast break opportunities for themselves as they recorded 13 steals on the night.

Junior Jones Harris scoring 1 of his team-high 27 points.

Junior Jones Harris led Lumpkin Co. with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Chandler Pulley also added 14 points and 4 steals.

The Indians moved to 8-9 on the season and 3-5 in Region 7-3A.

Lumpkin Co. plays again tomorrow as they host Union Co. at 4 p.m.

Lumpkin Co. advances to second round of Kelly King Holiday Classic

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians will advance to the second round of the Kelly King Holiday Classic, where they will face Lambert high school. The Indians were scheduled to play Cross Keys high school, but they forfeited the game.

Senior Chandler Pulley, who scored 17 points, shoots a 3-pointer.

Instead, the Indians faced off against the Mountain View Bears, who lost to Lambert 49-48 earlier in the day.

Lumpkin Co. lost to the Bears 67-58. The Indians were led in scoring by senior Gus Faulkner, who scored 22 points. Junior Jones Harris also scored 17 points, and senior Chandler Pulley chipped in 15 points.

Lumpkin Co. will host the Lambert Longhorns at 7 p.m. tomorrow with a championship berth on the line.

Lumpkin Co. defeats North Hall 61-53

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians defeated the North Hall Trojans 61-53 at home on Friday night. Junior Jones Harris led the Indians in scoring with 20 points. Senior Chandler Pulley also chipped in 15 points for Lumpkin Co. and senior Gus Faulkner scored 12 points.

Junior Jones Harris led the Indians with 20 points.

The Indians led 34-31 after a competitive first half. Harris had a hot-shooting first half for the Indians, scoring 15 points and hitting three 3-pointers.

Down 53-52 late in the 4th quarter, the Indians scored the final nine points of the game and held on to win 61-53.

Lumpkin Co. will host the Kelly King Holiday Classic next week. Tournament play for them begins Monday at 7 p.m. as they host Cross Keys high school.

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UNG women’s basketball named No. 2 seed

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The No. 16 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team will head to Greenwood, South Carolina, to defend their Southeast Regional Crown as the No. 2 seed, the NCAA announced Sunday night in the 2020 selection show.

The Nighthawks will take on seventh-seeded Clayton State in the opening round Friday, March 13. The Nighthawks are 2-1 against Clayton State this season, having beaten the Lakers in the Peach Belt Conference semifinals Saturday night, March 7, 87-65.

Lander will be the No. 1 seed and have hosting duties. The Bearcats won the regular season and tournament championships in the Peach Belt Conference to earn the top spot. LU will take on eighth-seeded Limestone in the opening round.

The other two matchups include third-seeded Anderson taking on sixth-seeded Carson-Newman and fourth-seeded Tusculum battling fifth-seeded Belmont Abbey.

More information about Friday’s game will be announced Monday, March 9.

UNG’s Tshimanga and Jenkins honored by Peach Belt

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University of North Georgia men’s basketball players Ephraim Tshimanga and KJ Jenkins won major awards at the Peach Belt Conference Awards Banquet, held at Lander on Friday, March 6, prior to the semifinals Saturday, March 7.

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Ephraim Tshimanga

In addition to being named third team All-Conference, Tshimanga was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Jenkins was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year for UNG.

Tshimanga led the PBC in steals this season as UNG finished ranked among the PBC’s top five in scoring defense and steals. A senior guard from Acworth, Georgia, his 84 swipes this year is the 13th highest single-season total in PBC history. He also averaged 5.6 rebounds, 11.6 points and 5.5 assists per game. Tshimanga passed the 1,000-point plateau for his career and his 261 career steals is fourth all-time in PBC history. He becomes the first Nighthawk to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

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KJ Jenkins

Jenkins played the final 20 games of this season to begin his collegiate career and made a huge impact with 14.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The redshirt guard from Canton, Georgia, scored 14.5 against league opponents, 12th in the PBC. He scored a career-best 23 in a win over Lander on February 15 and matched it three games later at Georgia College. He scored 20 or more three times during the season with a double-double at Columbus State. He led the PBC in free throw percentage and is 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio. Jenkins is the first UNG men’s basketball player to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year.

UNG’s Sutton named PBC Player of the Year

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Julianne Sutton was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year as the University of North Georgia women’s basketball team was honored as the league runners-up Friday night, March 6, during the Awards Banquet at Lander.

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Julianne Sutton

In addition, Kara Groover won the Elite 15 Award presented by EAB, while Sutton and Abbie Franklin were each named All-Conference.

A first team All-Conference honoree, Sutton led the Peach Belt Conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game this season, a number that rose to 19.4 against league opponents.

Kara Groover

Kara Groover

The junior forward from Flowery Branch, Georgia, has scored in double figures in every game so far this year and is third in the league in field goal percentage. A PBC Player of the Week on February 10, Sutton is also sixth in the league in blocks, had four double-doubles and passed 1,000 career points.

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Abbie Franklin

She becomes the fourth Nighthawk to be named the PBC Player of the Year, the first since Stephanie Huffman in 2015.

A second team All-Conference winner, Franklin led the Peach Belt Conference in three point shooting at over 41 percent. A junior from Homer, Georgia, she is second on UNG’s squad in scoring at 11.6 points per outing and is second in the league in minutes per game at over 33.5.

Groover is the second Elite 15 Award winner from North Georgia this academic year, joining women’s soccer’s Taylor Malasek.

The junior from Newnan, Georgia, has a 3.91 GPA while majoring in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). Modeled after the NCAA Elite 90, the Elite 15 Award is given at each of the 15 PBC championships to the student-athlete competing in the championship with the highest over cumulative GPA. The honor is the first for the women’s basketball program.

North Georgia will now turn their attention to Clayton State in the semifinals of the conference tournament with tip time set for 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 UNG women’s basketball coasts to quarterfinal win

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Five juniors led the way for the University of North Georgia women’s basketball team Wednesday, March 4, as the No. 16 Nighthawks defeated Augusta, 82-47, in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference tournament at Convocation Center in Dahlonega.

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UNG junior Abbie Franklin

Abbie Franklin led the way with 19 points for North Georgia (25-4), which dominated from the opening tip to take a 14-2 lead through the opening four minutes of the game and never looked back.

Franklin continued her great shooting in the month of March, going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc in the game.

Imani Arnold and Julianne Sutton each scored 13 points for the Nighthawks, who never let the lead slip below double digits after going up 12-2.

The Nighthawks shot 60 percent from the floor, their best of the season.

Abby Hubert scored 11 points and Kyra Davis contributed 10 off the best for North Georgia, which led by as many as 39 late to advance in the tournament.

North Georgia will take on Clayton State (20-9) in the semifinals beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.

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Brian Cunane is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

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Brian Cunane is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Indians!

Cunane, a junior, had a standout performance last week for Lumpkin Co. (8-16, 4-8 Region 7-3A).

On Friday, Jan. 28, Cunane scored nine points as the Indians defeated North Hall (17-8, 8-4) 57-44 in Dahlonega.

For his efforts, Cunane is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

Lexi Pierce is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Indians!

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Lexi Pierce is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians!

Pierce, a freshman guard, led the team in scoring in a win last week for Lumpkin Co. (15-9, 6-6 Region 7-3A).

Against North Hall (17-8, 8-4) on Friday, Jan. 28, in Dahlonega, Pierce scored a team-high 16 points in a 51-36 win that locked up the No. 4 seed for the region tournament.

The Lady Indians will face fifth-seeded Fannin Co. at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at North Hall in the first round of the region tournament.

For her efforts, Pierce is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Indians!

Peyton Polk is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

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Peyton Polk

Peyton Polk is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Indians!

Polk, a 6-foot-6 senior guard/forward, was instrumental in both Region 7-AAA games last week for Lumpkin Co. (8-15, 4-7).

Against Greater Atlanta Christian (16-7, 7-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Polk scored a team-high 14 points, while pulling down seven rebounds, in a 74-43 loss in Dahlonega.

On Friday, Jan. 24, Polk had an all-around strong game with nine points, seven rebounds, and five assists in a 55-47 loss to No. 3 Dawson Co. (21-2, 10-0).

For his efforts, Polk is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

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