Flynn for the win

Kennedy Flynn of Georgetown College gets hoisted by an unidentified teammate as Tigers, left to right, Shelby Beam, Dasia Kilbourne, Martina Lytle and Kaci Currens celebrate Flynn’s game-winning shot in overtime Saturday. GC defeated Life University, 53-50.

James Scogin

It has a bumpy, building season for Georgetown College women’s basketball’s rookie head coach, James Jackson.

So Jackson was determined to celebrate Saturday’s 53-50 overtime win over Life University at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym, even if the eye test and the box score made it a painful process.

“Find a way. Just keep fighting and fighting and fighting. That’s it,” Jackson said. “Teams that find ways to win, they’ll get over the hump, and that’s what we did. We fought like crazy.”

Kennedy Flynn hit the game-winning shot, a left-handed floater from the left baseline with 1.2 seconds remaining.

GC (8-17 overall, 2-8 Mid-South Conference) got the reprieve after Diamond Atkins’ free throw to complete a possible 3-point play hit the rim and bounced away.

Lydia Graves corraled the rebound as she tiptoed the out-of-bounds line with just under four seconds left. Shelby Beam found Flynn with the entry pass.

“We put it on that side, so she could curl off her left and attack and go,” Jackson said. “She made a great read and had great touch on the ball and did what she was supposed to do.”

Flynn finished with a game-high 24 points despite missing eight of 12 free throws. GC was 13-for-29 from the line (44.8 percent) and had an even tougher 17-for-65 (26.2 percent) day from the field.

Life struggled just as mightily, though, and GC took advantage of 21 turnovers.

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