Atkinson gets win No. 200 as TCC beats Chipola

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 9, 2008) – Tallahassee Community College rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 4:42 of regulation to force overtime then outscored Chipola College, 8-6, in the extra period to claim a 59-57 win over the Lady Indians on Saturday evening at the Eagledome.

The win was career victory No. 200 for TCC’s Teresa Atkinson.

Trailing 51-48 in the closing seconds of regulation, Manal Cali buried a game-tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime. The shot was only Cali’s third three-point attempt of the season. Cali’s heroics capped the Lady Eagles’ 10-0 run in the final 4:42 of regulation. TCC allowed only one field goal over the final 7:19 of the second half.

In overtime, Shamar Harris broke a 53-all tie, hitting a pair of free throws at the 2:45 mark in overtime. TCC never trailed again. Harris finished the Lady Eagles’ scoring with a basket at the 1:15 mark to give TCC a 59-55 lead. She scored six of her game- and career-high 29 points in the overtime period.

The win enabled the Lady Eagles to take a giant leap towards returning to the FCCAA Tournament. TCC (15-7) is now 8-3 in Panhandle Conference play and owns a three-game lead over Chipola (19-7, 5-6) and Okaloosa-Walton College with only four games remaining in the regular season.

For the second straight game, TCC rallied from a halftime deficit. Chipola shot 50 percent (11-of-22) from the field in the first half and took a 32-26 lead to the locker room. The Lady Indians never surrendered the lead in the second half until Cali’s three-point basket.

Gekeela Clemmons and Latoya Williams scored 16 points each for Chipola.

TCC travels to Gulf Coast Community College on Wednesday evening for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Lady Commodores.

CHIPOLA (57) – Jamia Akins, 2; Lesheria Stevens, 7; Louvinia Hayes, 2; Sarah Ilic, 2; Gekeela Clemmons, 16; Latoya Williams, 16; Ashley McCray, 6; Marnesha Hall, 2; Kikwiki Mamuku, 4.

TALLAHASSEE (59) – Daniela Nopuente, 2; Brittany Christie, 3; Tiffany McClure, 6; Shamar Harris, 29; LaQuinta Gardner, 9; Manal Cali, 3; Angelee Latouche, 1; Quanessa Batiste, 2; Quaticqua Johnson, 4.

Halftime: Chipola 32, Tallahassee 26

Records: Tallahassee (15-7, 8-3), Chipola (19-7, 5-6)

Attendance: 575


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