Clayton State guard Sirdarius Henry had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the team’s loss to Young Harris on Wednesday. (Special Photo)
MORROW — A pair of late free throws did in the Clayton State women’s team, while a late spurt was too much for the men’s team as both fell to Young Harris in Peach Belt Conference games at the Athletics Center.
Two free throws by Young Harris forward Ladondra Johnson with five seconds remaining lifted the Lady Mountain Lions to a 45-44 win.
The Lakers had one final chance in the closing seconds but were unable to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded.
The loss, the team’s second in a row, dropped the Lakers to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference’s West Division, which dropped them to third place.
After trailing the entire second half, the Lakers battled back over the final three minutes of the game. The squad scored five unanswered points to take a one-point lead with 12 seconds left in the game. Two free throws by Laker forward Andrea Benford gave Clayton State a 44-43 advantage before Johnson’s game winners on the other end.
Forward Yishica Sims led Clayton State with 20 points, including six 3-pointers on the night.
Following its loss to Flagler over the weekend, Clayton State women’s team dropped from No. 7 to No. 19 in the recent polls.
In the men’s contest, a 7-0 spurt by Young Harris with under eight minutes to play Wednesday proved to be the difference as the Mountain Lions defeated Clayton State 76-68 in Peach Belt men’s basketball action at the Athletics Center.
Two free throws by Laker guard Craig Wong cut the Young Harris lead to 57-54 with 7:41 to play, but the Mountain Lions answered with three straight baskets to take their first double-digit lead of the contest.
It was the seventh straight loss for the Lakers as they dropped to 4-8 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
Laker forward Charles Shedrick finished with 19 points and five boards, followed by Craig Wong and forward Omari Murray scoring 14 apiece. Guard Sirdarius Henry finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.