Keys breaks school scoring record in PBC 63-61 finals loss

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PEMBROKE, N.C. (GC ATHLETICS) – The Georgia College women’s basketball team (16-13) took runner-up status in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament for the second-straight season Sunday afternoon, falling 63-51 in a defensive battle to Columbus State University (30-1) in the English E. Jones Center at UNC Pembroke.

Senior guard Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Georgia) wrapped up her career with the biggest milestone yet, passing GC Hall of Famer Sherita Ballard (1987-91) for Georgia College’s career scoring record. Keys has been a four-time All-PBC pick, earning first team status this season. Her 15th point of the game gave her the record, coming on a free throw with 4:35 remaining. Keys finished with 17 points today and 1,822 in her amazing career.

The Bobcats had no other double-digit scorers in the low-scoring affair, as guard Lindsey Reed (Stockbridge, Georgia) added nine points, and forwards Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Illinois) and Alyah McGriff (Suwanee, Georgia) posted six points each. McGriff paced Georgia College in rebounding with seven off the bench. Keys was a boxscore-filler in her final game with four boards, three assists and three steals as well.

Neither team shot well, with Columbus State hitting 38 percent (18-48) to Georgia College’s 31 percent (15-49). The difference came at the free-throw line, where CSU had four more makes (22-18) and shot better as well with 71 percent to the Bobcats’ 58 percent.

PBC Co-Player of the Year and PBC Tournament MVP Michelle Mitchell had 28 points and six rebounds, adding four assists and four steals. CSU’s Carrie Washington was a force, as the PBC Defensive Player of the Year had five blocks and four steals to go with 14 rebounds.

Keys and sophomore guard LaRice Walker (Franklin, Georgia) were named to the PBC All-Tournament team, the second-straight season for Keys.

The Bobcats now await an at-large selection to the NCAA Southeast Regional, but are a long shot as they did not appear in the top-10 in last week’s poll.