Though the East Georgia State College Lady Bobcats women’s basketball team fell to Georgia Highlands on Friday, March 3, the team has had a fantastic season overall, both on and off the court. They were responsible for the history-making game on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when EGSC hosted a conference playoff game for the first time. The Lady Bobcats defeated Atlanta Metro to move on in the competition, but were unable to conquer the team from Georgia Highlands.
“We were on a mission this season, but fell a little short,” said Head Coach C.J. Pace. “I have not one complaint about how hard this group worked and how much we accomplished over the course of the entire season. I always called this group the pioneers, and we had a lot of firsts! I am thrilled to have made East Georgia State College and the community proud, and we will continue to strive and work We shall be back for our unfinished business—the mission is not complete!”
As the team demonstrates, being an example off the court is just as important as winning on the court. This season has seen numerous players named GCAA Player of the Week, including Shunseere Kent and Lawranz “Star” Toomey. Kent went on to be selected as a GCAA Player of the Year.
“I am extremely proud of Shunseere,” said Coach Pace. “She has worked so hard and received the recognition that she deserved. Shun was our engine—we moved as she did. Her hard work and achievements have set the bar for what the EGSC Bobcats are capable of. She is a very talented young lady with a lot of gifts, and I am excited to see what she does at the next level.”
“Shunseere is one of the more explosive women basketball players in the conference who can take over a game at any point in time,” said EGSC Athletic Director Chuck Wimberly. “She is a great leader and role model for our team and our community, and our entire Bobcat family is so proud of her accomplishment.”
On top of their recognitions on the court, two Lady Bobcats were also recognized for their work off the court, as Kierra Hall and Shadae Tate were named to the GCAA Conference All-Academic Team.
“I have enjoyed watching Kierra and Shadae grow and enjoyed being challenged by them every day,” said Coach Pace. “I am extremely proud of their academic success and what they have done to change the culture of the women’s basketball program. They both have bright futures and I am excited to follow them as they continue to grow.”
The Lady Bobcats had a great showing this year, and it was due to their coach, C.J. Pace. Pace was honored by being named GCAA Co-Coach of the Year (sharing the honor with South Georgia Technical College’s Coach James Frey.)
“Coach Pace is one of the more dynamic young women’s basketball coaches in the conference, and very deserving of this major accomplishment for her and her team,” said Wimberly. “This accomplishment for her reflects on our team winning and our entire Bobcat family at East Georgia State College. I’m thrilled to have such a great person and coach leading our Lady Bobcats!”
The Lady Bobcats may have ended their season, but you can rest assured that Coach Pace and the Lady Bobcats will be back for another explosive season next year!