Women's Basketball 2013-14 Season News


Briana McDonald signs to play basketball at Trevecca

May 12, 2014

Briana McDonald


Motlow College sophomore Briana McDonald recently signed a national letter of intent to continue her basketball career as a student-athletic at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. McDonald, from Tullahoma, led the Lady Bucks in scoring and rebounding during the 2013-14 season. Joining Briana for the signing ceremony is her mother and father, Tracy and Craig McDonald. Motlow College photo.

Motlow Lady Bucks let TCCAA Tournament win slip away

Mar. 5, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks let a double-digit lead over Columbia State slip away in the second half and the Lady Chargers ended the Lady Bucks' season with an 82-80 victory Tuesday in the opening round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Harriman, Tenn.

The Lady Bucks (3-22) led by 12 points with seven minutes remaining in the game and by five points with 16.5 seconds to play. Motlow led 80-78 with 3.5 seconds remaining when a technical foul was called on Motlow's bench, sending the Lady Chargers to the free throw line where they made both attempts.

After Motlow fouled on the inbounds pass with 2.5 seconds left, the Lady Chargers again sank both free throw attempts to seal the victory and end the Motlow season. It was the second time in 10 days that the Lady Chargers overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to beat the Lady Bucks.

Briana McDonald finished her lone season as a Lady Buck by tying her career high with 33 points. She also added 13 rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. McDonald scored seven straight points in the final three minutes to keep the Lady Bucks in position to get the win.

Motlow jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes against the smaller Lady Chargers, who only suited up six players. Columbia State fought back after being down early and the teams swapped the lead throughout the first half, which ended with the Lady Chargers on top 37-34.

McDonald took over in the second half, with help from Chelsea Holman and Sabrina Jackson, as the Lady Bucks steadily built their lead to 59-47 with just over seven minutes remaining. Columbia State fought back behind Lamarra Gordon, who scored 28 points, and Anika Nottingham who added 25.

The Lady Bucks held a slight 50-49 edge in rebounding, but committed 23 turnovers while forcing the Lady Chargers into only 13. Motlow shot 36% from the field and hit only 12-19 free throws, while Columbia State connected on 27-36 attempts from the foul line.

Holman finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals for Motlow, while Jackson had 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Chloe Neil hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

Columbia State (7-18) advances to the quarterfinals of the tournament, which is being held at Roane State Community College, and will play the top seeded and undefeated Walters State Lady Senators on Thursday.


Lady Bucks head into TCCAA Tournament thinking upset

Feb. 28, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks completed their basketball regular season with a 106-80 loss to Dyersburg State in Dyersburg Tuesday night. Motlow continues preparation for the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association/National Junior College Athletic Association Region VII Tournament, which begins Tuesday.

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The Lady Bucks (3-21, 2-16) will be the No. 9 seed entering the tournament and will open play against the No. 8 seed Columbia State on Tuesday, Mar. 4 at 6 p.m. eastern at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn.

Motlow will have to win four games in five days to win the tournament and represent the TCCAA in the NJCAA Division I National Championship tournament, which begins Mar. 17 in Salina, Kan. Walters State enters the TCCAA Tournament as the clear favorite. The Lady Senators are 29-0 on the season and ranked second in the nation.

Against Dyersburg the Lady Bucks remained close for a half, trailing 54-43 after being down by only one point with three minutes left in the half. Dyersburg began to pull away as the second half began, and the Lady Eagles scored over 100 points for the first time in 20 years.

Chelsea Holman led the Lady Bucks with 17 points and six rebounds. Briana McDonald scored 15 points and had six rebounds, and Alexis Smith had 12 points with seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Sabrina Jackson added 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots, Kayla Pope had nine points with five assists, and Erin Thomas scored eight with three assists.


Lady Bucks let big lead slip away in loss to Lady Chargers

Feb. 24, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks let a 15-point second half lead slip away Saturday afternoon as the Columbia State Lady Chargers came into Copperweld Arena and escaped with a 60-59 victory.

The Lady Bucks (3-20, 2-15) will have one more opportunity to get a win in the regular season when they travel to Dyersburg State on Tuesday. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 12 but was postponed due to inclement weather.

After trailing 12-6 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, the Lady Bucks went on a 28-9 run and ended the first half with a 34-21 lead. Motlow's lead grew to 48-33 with 13:50 remaining in the game before the visitors began their comeback behind Lamarra Gordon, who finished with 20 points, including 18 in the second half.

Poor shooting cost the Lady Bucks, and considering their height advantage over the Lady Chargers, Motlow perhaps relied too much on 3-point shooting. The Lady Bucks shot 34% from the field and attempted 29 three-pointers, hitting only five. Motlow won the rebounding battle 44-27.

Briana McDonald led the Lady Bucks with 21 points and added eight rebounds and three steals. Alexis Smith barely missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. She also added three blocked shots.

Lacy Gaines scored six points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Erin Thomas scored eight points with two assists and Sabrina Jackson scored six points with four rebounds and three blocked shots.


Motlow Lady Bucks earn comeback win over Jackson State

Feb. 20, 2014

Motlow freshman Kayla Pope hit a 3-point shot with less than a minute remaining to complete a second-half comeback as the Lady Bucks beat visiting Jackson State 65-64 Wednesday night at Copperweld Arena.

Pope's big shot came after the Lady Bucks (3-19, 2-14) had overcome a 13-point first half deficit. After trailing 30-26 at halftime, Chelsea Holman hit a 3-pointer with 16 minutes left to play to give Motlow its first lead 36-34.

Five minutes later Holman, who scored all 11 of her points in the second half, hit another 3-pointer to give Motlow a 47-41 lead. However, the Lady Generals (10-14, 5-12) fought back and took a 64-62 lead with one minute remaining, setting up Pope's big shot.

Jackson State led 21-8 with seven minutes remaining in the first half. Briana McDonald, who led Motlow with 21 points, scored 11 in the first half and was the key as the home team crept closer to the visitors and closed the gap to four at halftime.

McDonald added four rebounds, four blocked shots and a pair of steals to her stat line as the Lady Bucks broke an eight-game losing streak. Holman had eight rebounds and two assists, and Alexis Smith scored six points with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Sabrina Jackson scored nine points with six rebounds and two blocked shots for Motlow, while Lacy Gaines had four points and two steals.

The Lady Bucks have two games remaining in the regular season. They will host Columbia State at 2 p.m. Saturday, when McDonald and Gaines will be recognized as sophomores, then travel to Dyersburg on Tuesday to play Dyersburg State in a game that was originally scheduled for Feb. 12 but was postponed due to inclement weather.


Lady Bucks fall at Southwest Tennessee despite McDonald's stellar performance

Feb. 17, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks dropped a 98-77 decision to Southwest Tennessee in Memphis Saturday, despite a 33-point, 11-rebound performance from Motlow's Briana McDonald.

The Lady Bucks (2-19, 1-14) will host Jackson State on Wednesday at Copperweld Arena, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. The final regular season home game is Saturday, Feb. 22 with Columbia State visiting for a 2 p.m. tipoff. McDonald, along with Winchester's Lacy Gaines, will be honored as part of Sophomore Recognition Day.

McDonald had the best game of her career as a Lady Buck, connecting on 14-24 shots from the field including two 3-pointers and 3-4 free throws. She added seven steals and an assist while only turning the ball over one time.

The Lady Bucks as a team shot 44% from the field while the Lady Saluqis connected on 55% of their shots. Motlow hit eight 3-pointers but the home team hit 10. Turnovers were costly for Motlow as the Lady Bucks committed 25 while forcing 20, and Motlow won the rebounding battle 38-31. Southwest led 47-36 at halftime.

Chelsea Holman also had one her best performances of the year as the freshman scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and pulled down nine rebounds. Kayla Pope scored 12 with three assists and three steals, and Andi LaPietra added to her league-leading blocked shot total with three, giving her 43 on the season. Gaines had four rebounds, four assists and four steals to go along with two points.


Lady Bucks to host nationally-ranked Walters State

Feb. 4, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks will look to surprise a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rivals this weekend when they host two games at Copperweld Arena. Saturday's contest will be part of the school's Homecoming celebration.

The Lady Bucks (2-16, 1-11) have dropped four consecutive contests since beating Dyersburg State 82-78 in overtime on Jan. 17 at home. Motlow will seek to duplicate that success when Roane State (15-8, 9-4) visits Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

On Saturday the challenge will be significantly larger for the Lady Bucks when undefeated Walters State (24-0, 13-0) comes to Lynchburg. The Lady Senators are currently ranked second in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll. Tipoff Saturday is 2 p.m.

Motlow is coming off a pair of conference road losses last weekend, falling to Cleveland State 74-69 on Friday and Chattanooga State 78-62 on Saturday.

The Lady Bucks trailed Cleveland 31-28 at halftime last Friday, but poor shooting kept Motlow from being able to overcome that deficit. The Lady Bucks connected on only 38% of their shots from the field, including 3-13 three-point attempts.

Briana McDonald led Motlow with 18 points and nine rebounds. Andi LaPietra added eight points and five rebounds, Sabrina Jackson had eight points and five rebounds, and Chelsea Holman scored eight points. Erin Thomas added six points, six rebounds and three steals and Chloe Neil scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds.

Saturday the Lady Bucks started fast against Chattanooga State, leading 12-9 in the early minutes thanks to three 3-pointers by Neil, who finished with 15 points and made five 3-point shots for the game. Motlow trailed 37-30 at the half, but was not able to overcome the Lady Tigers after intermission.

McDonald scored 10 points with three steals, two assists and hauled in eight rebounds, while Thomas hit three 3-point shots to finish with 14 points and added three assists and two rebounds. LaPietra scored six with three blocked shots and Jackson added six points and three boards.


Lady Bucks fall short against Volunteer State

Jan. 27, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks were unable to overcome a lack of rebounding and an excess of turnovers as they dropped a 73-46 decision to Volunteer State Saturday at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (2-14, 1-9) will travel east this coming weekend, facing Cleveland State on Friday night and Chattanooga State Saturday afternoon. Motlow's next home game will be Friday, Feb. 7, when Roane State visits. The following day, Walters State, undefeated and ranked second in the nation, comes to town as Motlow celebrates its homecoming.

The visiting Lady Pioneers (10-6, 7-3) jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead after five minutes of play Saturday afternoon, but the Lady Bucks fought back and tied the score at 11-11 seven minutes into the game. One minute later the visitors held an 18-13 advantage and never trailed again, taking a 36-28 lead into halftime.

Unofficially, the Lady Bucks committed 23 turnovers and were outrebounded by a wide margin. Motlow hit only four 3-point shots, less than half of its usual output.

Briana McDonald led Motlow with 16 points and five rebounds. Alexis Smith had six points and five rebounds, and Andi LaPietra had four blocked shots to go along with two points.

Jenise Davis was nearly unstoppable for Volunteer State, scoring 19 first half points on her way to a 27 point output. Shenequa Foster added 11 points, with 10 coming in the second half, to go along with nine rebounds.


Motlow Lady Bucks capture first TCCAA victory

Jan. 21, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks got their first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) win of the season Friday night, beating Dyersburg State 82-78 in overtime at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (2-13, 1-8) hosted Southwest Tennessee on Saturday, dropping a 78-62 decision. Motlow will welcome TCCAA rival Volunteer State to Copperweld Arena on Saturday, Jan. 25, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m.

Motlow started the game Friday night against Dyersburg shooting lights out from the three-point line, connecting on seven in the first half, including four by Chelsea Holman. Andi LaPietra blocked three first-half shots and the Lady Bucks took a 40-34 lead into intermission.

The visiting Lady Eagles began the second half on a 10-4 run to tie the score at 44-44 with 17:22 left to play, and the lead swapped back and forth throughout the second half in addition to being tied multiple times.

Both teams missed opportunities to build a lead late in regulation by missing free throws, and the overtime period began with the score knotted at 68 each. The Lady Eagles hit a free throw to take a one point lead, but Motlow's Alexis Smith connected on a basket 30 seconds into the overtime and Motlow never trailed again.

The Lady Eagles hit a three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the extra period to cut Motlow's lead to 80-78, but Erin Thomas was fouled and nailed both free throws with two seconds left to seal the victory.

Smith led the Lady Bucks with 22 points and 10 rebounds along with two blocked shots. Holman finished with 15 points and added eight rebounds, while Thomas scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and had four assists and two steals.

Briana McDonald and Lacy Gaines scored nine points each; with McDonald adding eight rebounds and Gaines three boards and three steals. The Lady Bucks connected on 25-33 free throws, while Dyersburg hit just 20-33.

Saturday against Southwest Tennessee the Lady Bucks led 16-15 with 11:20 left to play in the first half before the visiting Lady Saluqis ended the half with a 25-14 run to take a 40-30 lead at intermission. A 15-10 run by Southwest to open the second half increased their lead to 55-40 and they never trailed again.

Holman led the Lady Bucks with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Smith scored 12 points and added seven rebounds. Thomas led the Lady Bucks with three assists and had a pair of steals. LaPietra had a team-high nine rebounds and three blocks and added a pair of steals.


Lady Bucks seek consistency at home this weekend

Jan. 13, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks will have an opportunity to get their first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) win this weekend when they host a pair of conference opponents at Copperweld Arena.

Motlow will host Dyersburg State on Friday, Jan. 17, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m., and Southwest Tennessee on Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip.

The Lady Bucks (1-12, 0-7) are coming off a disappointing 78-42 loss to Lawson State last Saturday in Birmingham. Head Coach Aaron Holland had hoped his team had turned a corner after beating the Martin Methodist JV 90-47 on Jan. 7.

"I was very disappointed in our effort Saturday night," said Holland. "For some reason we don't rebound. We refuse to block out and we refuse to be tougher than our opponent. These are issues I thought we had corrected over the break, but we took two steps back.

"We have to learn to give maximum effort all the time," he continued. "We give it in spurts, but there are times that we just don't want it bad enough and we get lazy. We are going to practice blocking out and defending this week as we prepare for the remainder of our conference season."

Erin Thomas and Kaley Rogers each had nine points and two assists to lead the Lady Bucks against Lawson State. Andi LaPietra led Motlow in rebounding with eight and scored four points. Alexis Smith and Bree Horner each had three steals, with Smith adding seven points and seven rebounds and Horner scoring four with four boards.

There is no admission to Motlow College athletic events. Basketball fans throughout Motlow's 11-county service area are encouraged to support the Bucks and Lady Bucks this weekend.


Motlow Lady Bucks roll to season's first win

Jan. 8, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks started the new year in grand fashion Tuesday night, putting the bitter taste of the first half of their season behind them when they hosted and beat the Martin Methodist College JV team 90-47 at Copperweld Arena.

Alexis Smith
Motlow College freshman Alexis Smith (15) scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds during the Lady Bucks' 90-47 win over the Martin Methodist College JV team at Copperweld Arena on Tuesday. Smith, a six-foot center who played her high school ball at Huntland, is shown from a contest against Cleveland State that took place earlier this season. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The Lady Bucks (1-11, 0-7) never trailed in the contest, and the final margin of 43 points was the largest lead of the night for the home team. The 43-point win was the eighth-largest margin of victory in the 40-year history of Lady Bucks' basketball.

"We have had some really great practices since coming back from winter break and it showed tonight," said Aaron Holland, now in his second season as head coach of the Lady Bucks. "We did a great job of sharing the ball and looking for the open teammate. We still have a lot of work to do, especially from a rebounding standpoint, but it was good to get the proverbial monkey off our back."

The Lady Bucks will travel to Birmingham to face non-conference Lawson State on Saturday, Jan. 11, and then both Motlow teams will return to Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play when they host Dyersburg State on Friday, Jan. 17. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Freshmen Alexis Smith and Briana McDonald each had double-doubles to lead the Motlow attack, while all 10 Lady Bucks that played in the game got in the scoring column. Motlow connected on 10 three-point shots, tied for the fourth most in a single game in school history.

McDonald, who finished with 15 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and two assists, got the offense started with the first of her three 3-point baskets in the first minute. Motlow built a 33-13 lead with 3:40 remaining in the first half, but the visitors hit 13-18 free throws in the first 20 minutes and trailed 37-25 at halftime.

Smith, who had her best game as a Lady Buck with 22 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, an assist and a blocked shot, scored 15 of her points in the second half as the Lady Bucks extended a 41-30 lead to a 72-42 advantage with eight minutes remaining.

Lacy Gaines scored 15 points and added four rebounds and two steals. Chelsea Holman had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Bree Horner and Kayla Pope each had eight points, with Horner adding three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Erin Thomas led the Lady Bucks in assists with four while adding three points and three rebounds. Kaley Rogers had five points, two rebounds and two assists, Andi LaPietra pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots, and Chloe Neil hit her only bucket, a three pointer, at the final buzzer.

The Red Hawks ended the night connecting on 19-30 free throws, while Motlow hit 10-13 from the charity stripe. Milana Jones led Martin Methodist with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Motlow Lady Bucks' Road Struggles Continue

Dec. 11, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks will head into the winter break still searching for their first win of the season following a 97-35 defeat at the hands of Wallace State on Tuesday in Hanceville, Ala.

The Lady Bucks (0-11, 0-7) will get that opportunity to break into the win column when they host the Martin Methodist College JV on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Copperweld Arena, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. The Red Hawks beat the Lady Bucks 70-60 in the season opener on Nov. 2.

Wallace State beat the Lady Bucks 81-71 back on Nov. 12 at Copperweld Arena, but the Lady Lions were much more dominant during Tuesday's rematch in Hanceville.

Motlow was extremely cold shooting the ball, connecting on only 20% of their shots from the floor. Motlow hit only 2-20 attempts from behind the three point line and 11-20 free throws. The Lady Lions, on the other hand, hit 51% of their shots and out-rebounded the Lady Bucks 42-30. Wallace State led Motlow 47-10 at halftime.

Alexis Smith came off the bench and led Motlow with seven points while adding a pair of rebounds. Lacy Gaines had five points and three boards and Briana McDonald, Erin Thomas and Breeanna Horner each scored four points. Thomas had two steals to lead Motlow.

Sabrina Jackson was the top rebounder for Motlow, hauling down eight boards to go along with two points and a blocked shot. McDonald pulled down six rebounds and Andi LaPietra added five rebounds and a blocked shot. Wallace State had five players that scored in double figures, with Jasmine Coleman leading the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds.


Lady Bucks seek to break through Tuesday night

Dec. 9, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks continue to search for their first victory of the season following a pair of losses to TCCAA opponents over the weekend in East Tennessee.

Friday night the Lady Bucks traveled to Harriman, where they dropped an 83-58 decision to Roane State. On Saturday the destination was Morristown, home of the nation's fourth-ranked Walters State Lady Senators, where the Lady Bucks were on the short end of a 94-48 decision.

The Lady Bucks (0-10, 0-7) have one more opportunity to break through with a win before the month-long winter holiday as they travel to Hanceville, Ala., to face Wallace State on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wallace State beat Motlow 81-71 on Nov. 12 at Copperweld Arena.

Motlow trailed Roane State 43-33 at halftime as both teams struggled shooting the basketball. The Lady Bucks shot 36% from the field and hit only 2-12 three-point opportunities and 16-30 free throw chances. Roane State out-rebounded Motlow 54-36 and forced the Lady Bucks into 22 turnovers.

Sabrina Jackson led Motlow in scoring with 10 points and pulled down five rebounds with two blocked shots. Kaley Rogers scored nine with four rebounds and two assists, Chelsea Holman added seven points, Lacy Gaines six and Briana McDonald, Jadah Fite and Erin Thomas each scored five. Bree Horner led Motlow with six rebounds.

The Lady Bucks were outscored 47-24 in both halves against undefeated Walters State on Saturday. Fite led Motlow with 14 points and added five rebounds. Chloe Neil and Holman each hit two three-pointers and scored eight points, with Jackson adding six points and three rebounds.

Motlow's next home game will be Friday, Jan. 17 when Dyersburg State visits Copperweld Arena for a 6 p.m. tipoff.


Lady Bucks Head East in Search of TCCAA Success

Dec. 3, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks will go on the road to East Tennessee this weekend with an opportunity to pick up their first TCCAA victory of the young season. Motlow plays at Roane State Friday night and Walters State on Saturday.

The Lady Bucks (0-8, 0-5) have shown steady improvement during the first month of the season against difficult competition. The opponents get no easier this weekend, but the chance to begin turning around their season is in front of the Motlow women.

Tipoff in Harriman Friday night against Roane State (5-5, 2-3) is scheduled for 5 p.m. central time. The Lady Raiders are in the middle of the TCCAA standings and coming off a split during a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Georgia.

Saturday the Lady Bucks will continue heading east to Morristown to face nationally-ranked Walters State at 1 p.m. central time. The Lady Senators (11-0, 5-0) are the defending TCCAA champions and currently ranked 11th in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Motlow has been paced in the early part of the season by former Shelbyville Eaglette Briana McDonald, who averages 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 45.8% from behind the three-point line and 85.7% from the free throw line.

Lynchburg's Erin Thomas averages 7.8 points per game and has also connected on 45.8% of her three-point shots and 75% of her free throw opportunities. Winchester sophomore Lacy Gaines has scored 6.5 points per game and leads the team with 2.5 steals per game.

The Lady Bucks are second in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 8.5 blocks per game. Sabrina Jackson leads the state with 22, Andi LaPietra has 17 and McDonald has blocked 10 shots.


Lady Bucks host non-conference Martin Methodist

Nov. 25, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks will hope to capture their first victory of the season when they host the Martin Methodist JV squad from Pulaski on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Copperweld Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Bucks continued to battle good teams close but remained winless with a pair of losses over the weekend, falling to Cleveland State 72-62 on Friday and Chattanooga State 68-56 on Saturday.

The Lady Bucks led the Lady Cougars 36-32 at halftime Friday night, but the visitors opened the second half with a 10-0 run and never trailed again. Sabrina Jackson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Motlow, with Erin Thomas adding 14 points and Briana McDonald scoring 10 with five rebounds.

Saturday, Motlow's last lead was 20-19 with almost nine minutes remaining in the half, which they entered trailing 41-27. Despite McDonald scoring 15 of her 18 points in the second half, and adding seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and three steals; the Lady Bucks just couldn't generate much offense.


Lady Bucks will host conference rivals this weekend

Nov. 18, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks are still searching for their first win of the season, and there appears to be no better time to get it than this coming weekend when a pair of TCCAA rivals visit Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (0-6, 0-3) are coming off a 97-49 thrashing at the hands of Volunteer State (4-1, 3-0) on Saturday in Gallatin. Motlow will host Cleveland State at 6 p.m. Friday, and then welcome Chattanooga State on Saturday, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m.

Motlow committed 30 turnovers against the Lady Pioneers and trailed 60-29 at halftime. The Lady Bucks shot only 30% from the field and 58% from the free throw line. The positive from Gallatin is that Motlow connected on 6-17 three point shots.

Briana McDonald led Motlow in scoring with 21 points, including 3-4 from behind the three-point line, and pulled down eight rebounds with two assists. Andi LaPietra scored three points with three rebounds and three blocked shots, Kaley Rogers connected on 2-5 three-point shots, Bree Horner scored four points with four assists and four rebounds and Lacy Gaines had three steals and four points for Motlow.

Volunteer State's Jenise Davis had a phenomenal game for the Lady Pioneers, scoring 45 points with nine rebounds, eight steals and four assists. She connected on 18-26 shots from the floor.

The Cleveland State Lady Cougars (6-1, 3-1) are fresh off a weekend sweep of Columbia State and Jackson State. The Lady Cougars feature three players who average double figures in scoring, and their only loss of the season came at Dyersburg State.

Chattanooga State (4-1, 3-1) also swept Columbia and Jackson over the weekend, and their only loss also came at the hands of Dyersburg State.

There is no admission charge to Motlow College athletic events. All four games this weekend will be broadcast live on sports radio The Ticket. Listen on AM 740, 105.1 FM, TheTicketRadio.com, the TuneIn Radio smartphone app and LightTUBe channel 11 in Tullahoma.


Lady Bucks show potential in loss to Wallace State

Nov. 13, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks showed their vast upside Tuesday night, hanging close against nationally-ranked Wallace State before dropping an 81-71 decision to the visiting Lady Lions at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (0-5, 0-2) will now step back into TCCAA conference play when they travel to Gallatin on Saturday to face Volunteer State, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. Motlow returns home next weekend, hosting Cleveland State on Friday and Chattanooga State on Saturday. Wallace State's (3-1) only loss this season came against Volunteer State.

Although a considerable underdog entering the contest against the 16th-ranked Wallace State team, the Lady Bucks started strong and were in control for much of the first half. Motlow took its first lead at 7-6 with 17:15 remaining in the first half and extended that lead to 22-12 with 10:10 left in the half.

Motlow's backcourt of Kaley Rogers, Chloe Neil and Erin Thomas sparked the early lead, with each hitting a pair of three-point shots in the first half. Wallace State's excellent inside player Jasmine Coleman kept her team close, but the Lady Bucks went into the intermission leading 41-34.

The Lady Lions opened the second half on a 13-2 run to retake the lead with 15 minutes to play. Briana McDonald led Motlow in scoring with 19 points and kept the Lady Bucks close, but Motlow could never cut the deficit below five in the second half as Wallace State got 13 second half points from Morgan Smith, who finished with 17.

The Lady Bucks connected on 11-14 free throws, with Wallace State hitting 12-22. Turnovers were once again a culprit for the Lady Bucks, who committed 29 on the night while forcing Wallace State into 16. Motlow hit 10 three-point shots and the Lady Lions connected on only four.

McDonald added a team-high five rebounds, two assists and two steals to her 19 points. Rogers had 14 points, two rebounds and two assists; Thomas scored 13 points and had two assists; and Neil finished with eight points and two assists. Sabrina Jackson added three blocked shots to the Motlow effort.

Morgan Pearson joined Coleman in leading the Lady Lions with 19 points, with Smith adding 17.


Lady Bucks host nationally-ranked Wallace State

Nov. 11, 2013

Still searching for their first win of the season, the Motlow Lady Bucks will host Wallace State from Hanceville, Ala. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Copperweld Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Motlow opened conference play this past weekend, falling 90-67 at Jackson State on Friday and 71-65 at Columbia State on Saturday.

Tuesday's contest will be broadcast live on The Ticket sports radio on AM 740, 105.1 FM, TheTicketRadio.com and the TuneIn Radio smartphone app.


Lady Bucks hit the road to begin conference play

Nov. 6, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks will open Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play this weekend when they travel to Jackson State Friday night and Columbia State Saturday afternoon.

Motlow (0-2, 0-0) is still searching for its first win following an 86-69 loss to Lawson State Tuesday night at Copperweld Arena. The Lady Bucks opened the season with a 70-60 defeat at the hands of the Martin Methodist JV team last Saturday.

Turnovers plagued the Lady Bucks against the visiting Lady Cougars (2-0) Tuesday, as Motlow committed 25 in the first half and 37 for the game. Lawson State, from Birmingham, committed 19 turnovers and led for most of the contest after Motlow jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first 90 seconds.

Lawson State hit 10 of its 13 three-pointers in the first half, surging to a 22-11 lead with 10:45 remaining in the opening half and heading to the intermission with a 48-32 advantage. Motlow cut the lead to 59-50 with 11 minutes remaining in the game, but the Lady Bucks could not sustain the momentum as the Lady Cougars pulled away in the final minutes.

Lacy Gaines was Motlow's only double-digit scorer with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Every Motlow player scored in the game, and the Lady Bucks collected 11 blocked shots. Sabrina Jackson had eight rebounds, Andi LaPietra pulled down six and Briana McDonald added four.

Motlow connected on 20-31 free throws, while the visitors hit 16-26 from the charity stripe. Tiarta Smith led Lawson State with 21 points as she hit six three-pointers in the first half and seven in the game.

The Lady Bucks will tip off against Jackson State at 6 p.m. Friday night. The Lady Generals are 1-0 after beating St. Louis Community College 83-76 in their opening game. Motlow at Columbia State begins at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Columbia. The Lady Chargers are 1-2 on the year, with their previous game an 82-53 loss at the hands of the Martin Methodist JV Monday night.


Lady Bucks open basketball season with close loss

Nov. 4, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks opened the 2013-14 basketball season with a foul-plagued 70-60 loss to the visiting Martin Methodist College JV squad on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks will return to their home floor when they welcome Lawson State, from Birmingham, Ala., to Nisbett Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Lady Bucks trailed for much of the contest against the Red Hawks, thanks in large part to a massive number of fouls called against Motlow. The Lady Bucks were whistled for 35 fouls during the game, while the visitors committed 20. Martin Methodist shot 45 free throws, making 32, and Motlow shot 22 from the charity stripe, making 11.

Unofficially, Briana McDonald led the Lady Bucks with 17 points and eight rebounds along with two blocked shots. She scored the first seven points for the Lady Bucks and hit two of Motlow's seven three-point shots.

All 12 Lady Bucks that played in the game scored at least one point. Chloe Neil hit two three-pointers for six points and added four rebounds, while Kayla Pope had five points and three assists.

Chelsea Holman also scored five, while Sabrina Jackson had four points and five rebounds, Alexis Smith had six points and four rebounds, and Jadah Fite scored four with three rebounds. Erin Thomas added four points, two assists and a rebound. Smith, Neil and Lacy Gaines fouled out for Motlow.

Markentria Humphrey led the visitors with 19 points and hit five three-point shots. Motlow trailed 37-29 at the half. The Lady Bucks pulled to within five, 59-54, with 5:20 left to play but the Red Hawks nailed down the victory at the free throw line, hitting 18-24 in the second half.


Lady Bucks host Martin Methodist JV Saturday

October 28, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks will open the 2013-14 basketball regular season when they host the Martin Methodist JV this Saturday at Copperweld Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Head Coach Aaron Holland begins his second season at the helm of the Motlow women's program with a revamped roster that features a number of players from the Motlow College service area. Only two sophomores return from last season, but Holland is confident that this year's team will be much improved.

"I really like this team," said Holland. "I like all the additions that we've brought in, and if we control the things that we can control, I think we have a chance to be a good basketball team. It's going to be interesting, and hopefully fun for fans, to watch this young team develop."

Winchester product Lacy Gaines started six games last season, averaging 2.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Gaines was one of only two Lady Bucks to play in all 25 of the team's games during the 2012-13 season.

Kaley Rogers, who played at Coffee County, joined the team last year during the holiday break. She played in 11 games, starting two, and averaged 6.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest.

Newcomers who played their high school basketball at schools within Motlow's 11-county service area are Breeanna Horner from Shelbyville, Erin Thomas from Lynchburg, Chelsea Holman from Winchester, Briana McDonald from Tullahoma, who also played at Shelbyville, and Alexis Smith from Huntland.

Joining them from the state of Tennessee are Chloe Neil from Tennessee High School in Bristol, Jadah Fite from Cane Ridge High School in Nashville, and Andi LaPietra and LaTaya Carter from Montgomery Central High School in Clarksville.

Student-athletes from outside the state of Tennessee are Kayla Pope from Earle, Ark. and Sabrina Jackson from Chicago.

The Motlow men's team will open its season in Niceville, Fla. Motlow faces Northwest Florida State Friday night and Tallahassee Community College on Saturday.


Lady Bucks will be more familiar, less experienced in Holland's second year

October 3, 2013

2013-14 Motlow Lady Bucks basketball team
2013-14 Motlow Lady Bucks - front row, from left: Breeanna Horner, Shelbyville; Erin Thomas, Lynchburg; Lacy Gaines, Winchester; Head Coach Aaron Holland, Kaley Rogers, Manchester; Jadah Fite, Nashville and Chloe Neil, Bristol. Second row: LaTaya Carter, Clarksville; Chelsea Holman, Winchester; Amber Daniels, Murfreesboro; Andi LaPietra, Clarksville; Sabrina Jackson, Chicago; Briana McDonald, Tullahoma; Alexis Smith, Huntland; Aliyah Dorsett, Bronx, NY; Kayla Pope, Earle, Ark. Motlow College Photo.


With only two returning players from last season, the Motlow Lady Bucks will be a young basketball team when they open the 2013-14 season. Although they may be inexperienced as a team, the Lady Bucks will feature a number of players who are very familiar to area basketball fans.

Almost half of the roster is from high schools within 20 miles of Motlow's Moore County campus.

Familiarity by area fans with Lady Bucks' players should help create a home court advantage in Copperweld Arena that has been noticeably lacking in recent seasons. However, Head Coach Aaron Holland cautions fans to be patient in the early going as his young team develops an identity.

"We have a young team without a lot of collegiate experience," said Holland. "During the beginning of the season our freshmen will be thrown into the fire, but once the second half of the season gets here, I expect their understanding of how to play college basketball will be much more developed.

"There will be times this season when we will have five freshmen on the floor, so getting them early season experience will be important."

Like all athletic teams, the Lady Bucks' success will ultimately be measured by the number of wins they have when the season ends. On the front end though, Holland likes what he sees from his young team.

"I really like this team," he continued. "I like all the additions that we've brought in, and if we control the things that we can control, I think we have a chance to be a good basketball team. It's going to be interesting, and hopefully fun for fans, to watch this young team develop."

The development against outside competition begins with a preseason scrimmage. The Lady Bucks will travel to Nashville to face Fisk University on Saturday, Oct. 19. The regular season opens on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Copperweld Arena against the Martin Methodist JV at 2 p.m.

Two sophomores return from Coach Holland's first Motlow team and will be counted on to be leaders this season.

Winchester product Lacy Gaines started six games last season, averaging 2.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Gaines was one of only two Lady Bucks to play in all 25 of the team's games during the 2012-13 season.

Kaley Rogers, who played at Coffee County, joined the team last year during the holiday break. She played in 11 games, starting two, and averaged 6.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest.

The rest of the roster is new to Motlow, but as previously noted, not all of it will be new to Motlow College basketball fans.

Those who played their high school basketball within a 20-minute car ride of the Moore County campus include Breeanna Horner from Shelbyville, Erin Thomas from Lynchburg, Chelsea Holman from Winchester and Briana McDonald from Tullahoma, who also played at Shelbyville. Alexis Smith, from Huntland, is also part of the group of players from the Moore County campus service area.

Joining them from the state of Tennessee are Chloe Neil from Tennessee High School in Bristol, Amber Daniels from Murfreesboro, Jadah Fite from Nashville, and Andi LaPietra and LaTaya Carter from Montgomery Central High School in Clarksville.

Student-athletes from outside the state of Tennessee are Kayla Pope from Earle, Ark., Aliyah Dorsett from Bronx, NY and Sabrina Jackson from Chicago.

Many of Motlow's basketball games this season can be heard live on WHMT sports radio The Ticket. Listen on AM 740, 105.1 FM, TheTicketRadio.com, the TuneIn Radio smartphone app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23. Veteran broadcaster Lucky Knott will provide play-by-play.

Lady Bucks to open 2013-14 hoops season at home

September 12, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks have released their basketball schedule for the coming season, and Head Coach Aaron Holland is encouraging all Motlow College basketball fans to show their support when the season opens.

View the Lady Bucks schedule

"This schedule will be a challenging one," said Holland. "We will play some exhibition games to get an idea of where we are and what we need to focus on to begin the season. It is going to be fun to watch this team grow and develop."

The first exhibition contest will be Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Lady Bucks head to Nashville to take on Fisk University.

"With the opportunity to play some scrimmages, we will know exactly what we need to work on when they are over," continued Holland.

The regular season opens on Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Lady Bucks host the Martin Methodist College JV squad from Pulaski at 2 p.m. at Copperweld Arena. The following Tuesday, the Lady Bucks will host Lawson State, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.

Unlike the last couple of years, there will be times when the men's and women's teams don't play at the same place on the same day. The season opener is one of those times. The Bucks will be in Florida on Nov. 1 and 2, and then will join the Lady Bucks to host Lawson State.

"We start the conference season with a couple of games on the road," added Holland. "If we can win two or three on the road early, then we should be in good shape toward the end of the season, when we play four of our final six conference games at home."

The longest home stand is only three games, in the final week of November, when conference foes Cleveland State, Chattanooga State, and non-conference opponent Lindsey Wilson College JV visit Moore County.

The Nov. 26 games against Lindsey Wilson will lead into a four-game road trip that will not end until Jan. 17, when the Lady Bucks host Dyersburg State at 6 p.m.

Homecoming is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, when defending conference champion Walters State visits. Sophomore recognition day is traditionally the final home game of the season, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 against Columbia State.

Start times for conference games are consistent throughout the schedule, with weeknight games beginning at 6 p.m. and Saturday games beginning at 2 p.m.

There are a couple of 5:30 p.m. weeknight starting times, including Nov. 12 when Wallace State visits Copperweld Arena, and the Nov. 26 home contest against the Lindsey Wilson College JV team.

The Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) tournament will be held at Roane State in Harriman, Tenn. this season. The tournament is scheduled for Tuesday-Saturday, Mar. 4-8, 2014.


Lady Bucks' basketball takes turn towards home

June 6, 2013

As Aaron Holland heads toward his second season as head basketball coach of the Motlow Lady Bucks, he has announced five signees who will enter Motlow as freshmen in August and be part of the 2013-14 squad.

Although more players will likely be signed before August, the most noticeable theme about the first five new members of the Lady Bucks is that three of the five are from Motlow's 11-county service area, and two of the three live within minutes of the Moore County campus.

Erin Thomas - Moore County

Erin Thomas
Thomas is a 5-6 guard who scored over 1,000 points and shot over 40% from 3-point range in her career. She was named to the All-District 9A team her junior and senior seasons.

"Erin will be a consistent perimeter threat for us next season," said Holland. "We really lacked a pure shooter this past season, and I expect Erin to remedy that situation. She has deep range and can score it from just about anywhere on the floor. Once she steps on the court, you better get a hand in her face or you will be in trouble. She comes from a very successful high school program that has gone 127-22 during her career."

Bree Horner - Shelbyville
Bree Horner
Horner is a 5-9 forward who made All-District 8AAA as both a basketball and soccer player.

"I'm excited to announce the signing of Bree Horner," said Holland. "She is the true definition of the term student-athlete. Not only did she excel on the court, but she finished in the top 10 of her class academically. Her work ethic, desire and toughness will make her a very successful student-athlete. Bree has excellent leadership skills, and I expect her to become a leader for this team on day one."

Alexis Smith - Huntland
Smith is a 6-0 post who averaged 17.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, over two steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game as a senior.
Alexis Smith
She scored over 1,500 points during her career and was voted to the All-District 9A regular season and tournament team.

"Alexis brings some much needed size and scoring to our team. She flew under the radar all year long and we were fortunate to build a relationship with her and her family and get her to sign at Motlow," said Holland. "She can go as high as she wants to go with her size, skill, and physicality. Her ability to finish around the basket and play physical is something we lacked last season, and she will help us fill a void in that area."

In addition to the three area players, Holland has signed a pair of teammates from Montgomery Central High School in Clarksville.

Andi Lapietra
Andi LaPietra
LaPietra is a 6-1 center who averaged seven points, five rebounds and two blocked shots per game as a senior at the Clarksville school.

"Andi is an athletic post player who was a two-sport athlete at Montgomery Central," said Holland. "Because of her volleyball background she is able to block and alter a lot of shots. Now that she can focus solely on basketball at Motlow, she has the potential to be an incredible player for us."

LaTaya Carter
Carter is a 5-6 guard who averaged eight points, four rebounds and three steals per game for the Indians as a senior.

Taya Carter
"Taya is an incredible athlete who was one of the spark plugs on defense for her team at Montgomery Central," added Holland. "She is super quick and can be a lockdown defender. Offensively she was an incredible penetrator and rarely settled for a bad shot. I look forward to watching Taya develop her game at Motlow."

Tennessee High School All-District wing signs with Lady Bucks

June 19, 2013

Motlow Lady Bucks head basketball coach Aaron Holland has announced that Tennessee High School guard/forward Chloe Neil has signed to continue her basketball and athletic career at Motlow College. Neil is a 5-10 wing player who shot over 40% from three-point range during her career and made the All-District 1-AAA team as a senior, averaging 10 points, four rebounds and two steals per game.

"I am really excited to announce the signing of Chloe Neil. She is physically gifted with good height, length, and speed. She is an excellent perimeter shooter and even at 5-10 she is capable of posting up and could eventually become a real match-up problem as she develops her post skills. I am anxious to get Chloe on campus because she fits everything we're about, both on the court and off the court."

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Seated from left: Kimberly Neil (mother), Chloe, Paul Neil (father) and Motlow head coach Aaron Holland.

Shelbyville All-District forward signs with Lady Bucks

June 5, 2013

Motlow Lady Bucks head basketball coach Aaron Holland has announced that Shelbyville Central High School forward Bree Horner has signed to continue her basketball career at Motlow College. Horner is a 5-9 forward who made All-District 8-AAA as both a basketball and soccer player.

"I'm excited to announce the signing of Bree Horner. She is the true definition of the term student-athlete. Not only did she excel on the court, but she finished in the top 10 of her class academically. Her work ethic, desire and toughness will make her a very successful student-athlete. Bree has excellent leadership skills, and I expect her to become a leader for this team on day one."

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Seated from left: Terri Horner (mother), Bree and Brock Horner (brother). Standing: Shelbyville Head Coach Kevin Thomas, Motlow Head Coach Aaron Holland and former Shelbyville assistant Kimberly Palmer.

Moore County shooting guard signs with Lady Bucks

May 13, 2013

Motlow Lady Bucks head basketball coach Aaron Holland has announced that Moore County High School guard Erin Thomas has signed to continue her basketball career at Motlow College. Thomas is a 5-6 guard who scored over 1,000 points and shot over 40% from 3-point range in her career. She was named to the All-District 9-A team her junior and senior seasons.

"Erin will be a consistent perimeter threat for us next season," said Holland. "We really lacked a pure shooter this past season, and I expect Erin to remedy that situation. She has deep range and can score it from just about anywhere on the floor. Once she steps on the court, you better get a hand in her face or you will be in trouble. She comes from a very successful high school program that has gone 127-22 during her career."

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Front row from left: Moore County Head Coach Bruce Slatten, Erin Thomas, Motlow Head Coach Aaron Holland. Back row: Moore County assistant coaches Lenae McGee and Daniel Zarzutaki, Clay Thomas (father), Katie Thomas (sister), Sharon Thomas (mother), Eddie Helton and Moore County Athletic Director Mike Walker.

Huntland center signs with Lady Bucks

May 6, 2013

Motlow Lady Bucks head coach Aaron Holland has announced that Huntland High School post Alexis Smith has signed to continue her basketball career at Motlow College. Smith is a 6-0 post who averaged 17.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, over two steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game as a senior at the Franklin County school. She scored over 1,500 points during her career and was voted to the All-District 9A regular season and tournament team.

"Alexis brings some much needed size and scoring to our team. She flew under the radar all year long and we were fortunate to build a relationship with her and her family and get her to sign at Motlow. She can go as high as she wants to go with her size, skill, and physicality. Her ability to finish around the basket and play physical is something we lacked last season, and she will help us fill a void in that area next year."

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Front row from left: Amy Smith (mother), Alexis, Gill Smith (father). Back row: Brandon Childers, Huntland head coach and Lady Bucks Head Coach Aaron Holland.

Montgomery Central post signs with Lady Bucks

April 23, 2013

Motlow Lady Bucks head coach Aaron Holland has announced that Montgomery Central High School post Andi LaPietra has signed to continue her basketball career at Motlow College. LaPietra is a 6-1 center who averaged 7 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots per game as a senior at the Clarksville school.

"Andi is an athletic post player who was a two-sport athlete at Montgomery Central," said Holland. "Because of her volleyball background she is able to block and alter a lot of shots. Now that she can focus solely on basketball at Motlow she has the potential to be an incredible player for us."

Photo provided
Front row from left: Frank Lincoln (grandfather), Charles LaPietra (father), Robin Wimberly (mother), Henry Wimberly (step-father). Back row: Lady Bucks Head Coach Aaron Holland, Montgomery Central Head Coach Connie Jackson.

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