YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. | Tabitha Odabe seems to get better every time she dons her Flagler College uniform. But Saturday’s performance will be awfully hard for her to beat.
The 6-foot-5 junior college transfer recorded a triple-double, set a school record, tied another and tied a Peach Belt Conference record as the Saints crushed Young Harris 71-49.
Odabe scored 20 points, pulled down 21 rebounds and blocked 12 shots in the victory. The 12 blocks are a new Saints record and ties the Peach Belt mark, while her 21 rebounds ties the school record.
The triple double is the first by a Flagler player since the Saints moved up to NCAA Division II and there is no record of a player achieving the feat in the history of the program. Odabe, making just her third start for the Saints, blocked seven shots in the first half alone and had a double-double before halftime with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Tiffany Hodge, who was the last Flagler player to collect 21 rebounds in a game (last season vs. UNC Pembroke), added 13 points and eight rebounds Saturday. Bri Roberts chipped in with 10 points. Eryn Cochran led Young Harris (5-11, 2-7) with 11 points.
With the win, Flagler (9-3, 7-1) moved into a first-place tie in the conference with North Georgia. The Saints will get a chance to take sole possession of the top spot when they visit North Georgia on Monday. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m.
Young Harris 79
Young Harris College used a 7-2 run in the final minute of the game to race past Flagler College for a Peach Belt Conference win at YHC Basketball Arena. Young Harris (4-11, 3-6) snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Saints (4-8, 1-7) lost their fifth consecutive game. The two teams split their regular-season series. Flagler beat Young Harris 76-74 on Dec. 19.
Jeffercy Jean made the second of two free throws to give the Saints a 73-72 lead with 1:37 left, and, following a Young Harris putback, Jean sank two more free throws with 1:03 remaining to put Flagler back ahead, 75-74. But Ben Waterhouse sank a 3-pointer to give the Mountain Lions a 77-75 lead with 32 seconds left, and Antonio Wade hit two free throws with 13 seconds to go to wrap up the win. Flagler did not make a field goal in the final 6:45. Jean scored a season-high 20 points for the Saints. Cortlin Davis added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Flagler completes its two-game road trip on Monday with a 3:30 p.m. contest at North Georgia.
St. Joseph 54
Kayla Mansell scored 23 points and added eight rebounds and five steals to lead St. Joseph to a home victory over St. Johns Country Day on Saturday. Jessamy Gaetanos added 16 points and five rebounds for the Flashes who took over first-place in the North Florida Conference. St. Joseph forced 30 turnovers in the game. The Flashes host Trinity Christian at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a District 2-4A contest.
ST. JOSEPH 55
MENENDEZ (OT) 50
Luke Magri hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of overtime and Scottie Dishmon iced the game at the free throw line to give St. Joseph a big win at home over city rival Menendez. A big defensive stop by the Flashes at the end of regulation forced overtime. The Flashes outscored the Falcons 9-4 in the extra period. Magri, Michael Dishmon and Dylan Rydell scored 12 points apiece for St. Joseph.