MILLIGAN COLLEGE — Every time Virginia Intermont threatened, Johneshia Good had an answer.
Good had a career-high 32 points and nine rebounds Wednesday as the Milligan College women’s basketball team turned back VI 63-54 in an Appalachian Athletic Conference game at Lacy Fieldhouse.
“She just had a phenomenal overall game,” Milligan coach Rich Aubrey said.
The Cobras cut a double-digit Milligan lead to 47-46 with 5:30 to play only to see Good swish a 3-pointer. Thirty seconds later, with the Lady Buffaloes up 52-50, she drained another bomb. That one sealed the game as VI didn’t get closer than five points the rest of the way.
Good scored the final 11 points for Milligan, ranked 23rd in the NAIA Division II poll.
“Those two threes were huge,” said Aubrey, whose team improved to 16-7 overall, 9-1 in the AAC, and remained in first place. “People will notice the threes, but man, she rebounded like crazy tonight. It’s the little things like the boxing out and getting the rebounds.”
In the men’s game, Milligan pulled out to an early lead and rolled past VI, 76-58 to assume sole possession of second place in the AAC.
It was an efficient outing for Good, a senior guard from Johnson City. She went 15 for 16 from the foul line and made 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
“It’s a team game and they got me the ball when I was open and I just took the shots,” Good said. “I just tried to put them in when I was open.”
The Lady Buffs were 24 of 29 at the line and out-rebounded VI 50-35.
“I told them at halftime they had to keep taking the ball to the rim,” Aubrey said. “And they had to continue to get offensive rebounds. Those two things would get us to the foul line. That’s important for us, to get to the line.”
Milligan was able to win despite shooting 28 percent from the field overall – making 9 of 36 2-point shots – and going 5:38 without a point midway through the second half.
VI (9-13, 4-6) was led by Rainey Story, who scored 18 points, including her team’s last 15.
Dorian Freeman added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Buffs.
Tyler DeVault and Cartree Pettis led Milligan’s men with 14 points apiece. Torian Sitton added 13 and Scott Blake had 12. Pettis had six assists as well.
The men’s victory avenged a 67-65 loss at VI earlier in the season.
“It feels great,” DeVault said. “We had a lot of revenge coming from the loss we had back at their place. We were real motivated from that. We made a point in the conference that we’re here for real.”
Milligan coach Bill Robinson said the earlier defeat to the Cobras served as a turning point for his team, now 15-7 overall, 7-2 in the league.
“Not just the loss, but it was such an emotional loss,” Robinson said. “We had the lead most of the game, and to lose right at the end was a tough lesson to learn. But I think it has made us hungrier now.”
Milligan held VI star Joshua Hart to four points, more than 16 below his average. The second-leading scorer in the AAC was 2 for 6 from the field after picking up two quick fouls in the first half.
“I think him getting foul trouble early affected his aggressiveness, especially with one of them being an offensive foul,” Robinson said. “I think it took him mentally out of the game. The only thing special we did was put Chris Ellis on him. He hasn’t started much for us and we started him tonight just to match up with Hart, and he did a great job.”
Justin Morris, the AAC’s No. 5 scorer, led VI with 20 points, but 17 of those came in the first half. His only points in the second half came when he banked in a 35-footer as the shot clock sounded.
Anthony Goode added 11 points for the Cobras (12-9, 6-3) while Tyrone Smith had 10. Dalec Cromwell, a 7-foot Russian, had 10 rebounds for VI.
Milligan shot 51 percent from the field.