Women's Basketball 2012-13 Season News


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."

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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.

Lady Bucks' comeback attempt falls short

March 6, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks overcame a terrible first-half shooting performance and pulled within a point in the final minutes before dropping a 56-51 decision to Roane State in the opening round of the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII tournament at Copperweld Arena.

Motlow (4-21, 2-16) scored only 10 points in the first half and trailed 27-10. The Lady Bucks hit only 10 percent of their first-half shots, but fortunately for Motlow the Raiderettes only shot 32 percent and only hit 5-12 free throw attempts.

The Lady Bucks played much better after the intermission, shooting 40 percent from the floor and making 5-9 three-point attempts. They slowly inched their way back into the game and battled down to the wire, but the taller, deeper Roane State team was able to hold off the Lady Bucks at the end.

Lekera Taylor led Motlow with 10 points in her final game, adding eight rebounds and an amazing eight steals. Erica Ervin, also a sophomore, added nine points and nine rebounds, while LaShaundra Rice scored nine points. Jassmine Franklin led Roane State with 16 points. The Raiderettes advance in the tournament and will face top-seeded Walters State at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.


Lady Bucks seek fresh start in tournament

February 25, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks basketball team will have an opportunity to start fresh when they open the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA)/Region VII Tournament on March 5 at Motlow's Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (4-20, 2-16) saw their regular season come to a close with a 66-46 loss to Jackson State on Saturday in Jackson. Although exact seeding has not yet been determined for the tournament, Motlow is guaranteed one of the four 'play-in' spots on the first day, with tipoff time either at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

A promising start to the season back in November found the Lady Bucks winning their first three games, including conference wins over Columbia State and Jackson State. However, injuries began to take a toll early and have continued to limit first-year head coach Aaron Holland's squad.

The loss of Chelsey Wiseman, one of the league's top players, has further restricted Motlow's depth and options. Wiseman led the team in almost every offensive category when she elected to leave in early February.

With a roster now down to seven or eight players, the Lady Bucks will take the next week to determine how to make a tournament run and get themselves into position to spring a couple of upsets on higher seeded teams and fight their way to a tournament championship.


Lady Bucks hope to close on high note

February 21, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks will have one more opportunity to get a win before the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament begins when they travel to Jackson to face the Jackson State Lady Generals on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Lady Bucks (4-19, 2-15) dropped a 61-49 decision to Columbia State in Columbia Wednesday night. It was the 19th loss for the Lady Bucks in their previous 20 contests, and they are now locked into an opening-round game in the conference tournament, which begins March 5 at Copperweld Arena. The top six seeds receive a first-round tournament bye and will not play until Wednesday, March 6.

After trailing 31-23 at halftime the Lady Bucks, led by sophomore Lekera Taylor, made a spirited comeback attempt and trailed by only three points midway through the second half. However, the Lady Chargers' superior depth began to wear down the Lady Bucks down the stretch.

Columbia State (5-10, 5-15) will also be one of the four women's teams to play on the opening day of the tournament. Jackson State (3-18, 1-13) and Roane State (8-19, 6-11) will be the third and fourth women's teams playing in the opening round of the tournament.

Taylor led Motlow with 18 points, while Kaley Rogers scored 15 for the Lady Bucks.


Lady Bucks need some home cooking

February 11, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks are in need of some home cooking, and a victory, following a pair of losses this past weekend in East Tennessee.

The Lady Bucks (4-16, 2-12) will get an opportunity to get back on the winning track when they host Southwest Tennessee Wednesday night at Copperweld Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Motlow dropped a 108-45 decision to Walters State, the nation's seventh-ranked team, on Friday night in Morristown. The Lady Bucks then traveled to Harriman, where they fell to Roane State 68-47 on Saturday.

Kaley Rogers came off the bench to lead the Lady Bucks with 11 points Friday night, while Chelsey Wiseman had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Tangela Crenshaw led six Walters State double figure scorers with 20 points.

The Lady Bucks trailed Roane State by only two, 24-22, at halftime Saturday before lack of depth and too many turnovers began to have an effect. Wiseman scored 13 points and had six rebounds, while Calvesha Flowers added 11 points and six boards. Presley Owen scored nine points and led the Lady Bucks with seven rebounds.


Lady Bucks' valiant comeback falls short

February 4, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks pulled within two points of visiting Cleveland State with 19 seconds left to play but couldn't quite complete their comeback as they fell 60-56 to the Lady Cougars at Copperweld Arena Saturday afternoon.

The loss came on the heels of Friday night's 83-60 defeat at the hands of Chattanooga State. The Lady Bucks will try and improve their position in the TCCAA standings when they travel to East Tennessee this weekend, visiting Walters State Friday night and Roane State on Saturday.

The Lady Bucks (4-14, 2-10) trailed the Lady Cougars 29-22 at halftime on Saturday in front of a large, loud homecoming crowd. Still trailing by seven with five minutes to play, a Chelsea Wiseman basket brought Motlow within three, 52-49, with 2:50 showing on the clock.

Presley Owen's three-pointer cut another Cleveland State lead to two with 19 seconds remaining, but the visitors hit their free throws at the end to secure the victory. Wiseman, LaShaundra Rice and Lekera Taylor all fouled out for Motlow in the final minutes.

Unofficially, Wiseman led Motlow with 21 points and seven rebounds. Owen and Erica Ervin added 10 points each for the Lady Bucks, while Jara Gasper led Cleveland State with 15 points.

Walters State is currently ranked seventh in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll. The Lady Senators are unbeaten in TCCAA play and sport a 21-1 overall record.


Motlow homecoming Saturday as part of rivalry weekend

January 28, 2013

Motlow College will celebrate homecoming on Saturday as a pair of TCCAA rivals visit Copperweld Arena for weekend basketball games.

Friday night the Bucks and Lady Bucks will host Chattanooga State, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday's homecoming festivities begin at 1 p.m., with Cleveland State the opponent for a 2 p.m. tipoff. The 2013 homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime of the men's game on Saturday.

The Bucks and Lady Bucks will be hoping to put a pair of weekend losses behind them as both fell at Volunteer State on Saturday. The Pioneers edged the Bucks 88-85, while the Lady Pioneers toppled the Lady Bucks 67-35.

Shaky free throw shooting against Volunteer State (12-5, 7-3) cost the Bucks (14-3, 9-1) a chance at an undefeated conference season in Gallatin. After trailing 52-46 at halftime and for much of the second half, the Bucks took a late lead before seeing it slip away in the final minutes.

Motlow connected on only 22-38 free throw attempts, while the home team hit 23-31 from the charity stripe. The Bucks won the rebounding battle 46-40 and forced the Pioneers into 14 turnovers, but couldn't get the big shot to fall at the end.

D.J. Jones led Motlow in scoring with 15 points, followed by Perrin Buford and Chris Hawkins with 14 and Sean Gardner with 10. Hawkins added eight rebounds and five assists, while Buford had seven boards and three assists. Kerrell Davis scored nine points with eight rebounds and five assists. Alex Marzette led the Pioneers with 22 points.

The Lady Bucks (4-12, 2-8) held the taller Lady Pioneers (15-1, 9-1) in check for the first 20 minutes as Motlow entered the intermission with a 22-21 lead. The home team scored the first 18 points of the second half though, ending Motlow's hopes of a road upset.

Lekera Taylor and Presley Owen each scored eight points for the Lady Bucks, while Chelsey Wiseman led the way with seven rebounds and two steals. LaShaundra Rice had a pair of assists and Lacy Gaines added two steals for Motlow. Heather Vann and Sara Bliss tied for scoring honors with 14 points each for Volunteer State.


Turnovers cost Lady Bucks in West Tennessee

January 22, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks dropped a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contests last weekend in west Tennessee, falling to Southwest Tennessee 71-57 Friday night in Memphis and Dyersburg State 81-39 on Saturday in Dyersburg.

The Lady Bucks (3-11, 2-7) will step outside the conference Wednesday night and travel to Columbia, Kentucky to face the Lindsey Wilson College JV squad. The next conference game is scheduled for Saturday against Volunteer State in Gallatin, with tipoff at 2 p.m.

Motlow and Southwest were tied 28-28 at halftime Friday night before the Lady Bucks' shooting turned cold and their turnovers began to add up. Motlow connected on only 37% of its shots, including 3-21 from behind the three-point line. The Lady Bucks turned the ball over 35 times.

LaShaundra Rice came off the bench to lead Motlow with 13 points, while fellow reserve Lacy Gaines tallied nine. Lekera Taylor had 11 rebounds, five points and four assists, and Presley Owen scored eight points and hauled in eight rebounds.

The Lady Bucks struggled against Dyersburg on Saturday, trailing 35-22 at intermission. Three-point shooting was again a challenge, with Motlow connecting on only two of its 13 attempts. The Lady Bucks hauled down 32 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to overcome 22 turnovers.

Chelsey Wiseman and Taylor each scored 11 points. Wiseman had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Taylor added two assists and a pair of rebounds.


Lady Bucks settle for exhibition contest

January 10, 2013

The Lady Bucks' scheduled contest against the Nashville All-Stars on Saturday, Jan. 12 was cancelled. Instead the Lady Bucks played an exhibition game against selected friends and former Motlow players.

Motlow will resume action with a trip to TCCAA rival Southwest Tennessee on Friday, Jan. 18, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. Motlow visits Dyersburg State the following day and concludes its road trip at Volunteer State in Gallatin Jan. 26.


Lady Bucks can't overcome free-throw parade

January 10, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks hit seven three-point shots in the second half and nine during the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome a parade of free throws by the opposition as Snead State handed Motlow a 67-49 defeat at Copperweld Arena Wednesday night.

The Lady Bucks (3-9, 2-5) will host the Nashville All-Stars on Saturday, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. Motlow will then begin a four-game road trip in Memphis against TCCAA rival Southwest Tennessee on Friday, Jan. 18.

Snead State connected on 15-17 free throws to hold off any chance the Lady Bucks had of overcoming a 30-18 halftime deficit. The closest Motlow got after the intermission was nine points with 17:20 left to play. However, the visitors increased their lead back to 14 with 10 minutes remaining and were never threatened again.

Motlow's Chelsey Wiseman and Presley Owen each connected for three of the three-point baskets, with Wiseman finishing with 17 points and Owen 15. LaShaundra Rice hit a pair of three pointers and scored 10 points for Motlow.

The Lady Bucks only shot seven free throws, connecting on five. Wiseman led Motlow with nine rebounds while Owen pulled down four.


Lady Bucks get a fresh start

January 4, 2013

Following a month-long holiday break, the Motlow Lady Bucks will look to regain their early-season form when they host Snead State at Copperweld Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

First-year head coach Aaron Holland and his squad won their first three games of the season before injuries began to take their toll on an already thin roster.

The Lady Bucks (3-8, 2-5) have dropped their previous eight decisions, beginning with a 56-42 loss to the Lady Parsons back on Nov. 12 on Snead's home court in Boaz, Ala.

Motlow has been carried in the early season by freshman Chelsey Wiseman, who leads the conference in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game. She is second in the conference averaging 9.9 rebounds per contest and is tied for the state lead in three-point shooting at 45%.

Injuries to LeShaundra Rice, Chernita Smith, and Bianca Mason limited the Lady Bucks in December. Rice leads the team in assists, averaging 2.3 per game. Although all three may not be available Wednesday, their anticipated return at some point will give a boost to the Lady Bucks.

The Lady Bucks will resume conference play in two weeks when they make their annual trip to West Tennessee, first to Memphis to take on Southwest Tennessee on Friday, Jan. 18, then to Dyersburg the following day to face Dyersburg State.

The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will be held at Motlow this season, beginning Tuesday, Mar. 5 and ending with both men's and women's champions being crowned on Saturday, Mar. 9 at Copperweld Arena.


Lady Bucks let big lead slip away

December 10, 2012

The Motlow Lady Bucks let a 20 point lead slip away in the final 11 minutes and dropped a 55-53 decision to Roane State at Copperweld Arena on Saturday.

The Lady Bucks (3-8, 2-5) came back strong, despite falling short, following their disappointing 78-33 loss to Walters State Friday night. Motlow will now break for the holidays before resuming play on Wednesday, Jan. 9, when they host non-conference opponent Snead State.

Walters State box score
Roane State box score


Motlow jumped out to an early 13-4 lead over Roane State (2-9, 2-5) with 13:30 to play in the first half, and then extended the lead to 19-7 when Casey Milan nailed a three pointer with eight minutes remaining before intermission.

Lekera Taylor scored 12 first half points and Motlow connected on 7-9 free throws as the Lady Bucks built their lead to 24-7 with seven minutes left in the half and went into the locker room leading 34-18.

The Lady Bucks continued to dominate the action as the second half began, increasing their lead to 47-27 with 11 minutes to play, before the visitors began chipping away. Roane State cut the lead to 11, 52-41, with 5:30 remaining, and took their first lead at 53-52 with 1:17 left to play.

Roane State's Nicole Hassler provided the spark for the visitors, scoring 15 second half points, including hitting 5-5 free throws on her way to a game-high 18 points.

Taylor had perhaps her best game as a Lady Buck, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Chelsea Wiseman had another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, along with three steals and a pair of assists. Kinashia Russell scored nine points and had five rebounds, and Erica Ervin added eight points and six boards.

Friday night the nationally-ranked Lady Senators from Walters State (10-1, 7-0) simply overwhelmed the Lady Bucks, grabbing a 32-16 halftime lead. The visitors opened the game with a 14-0 run and the Lady Bucks didn't score their first basket until over eight minutes had been played.

Motlow was held to 19% shooting from the field, while the visitors connected on 48% of their 71 shots and won the rebounding battle 50-28. Despite those numbers, the Lady Bucks pulled to within 10 points at 24-14 with 5:30 remaining in the first half.

Wiseman had another double-double for the Lady Bucks with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Milan hit a pair of three pointers to finish with six points. Calvesha Flowers scored four points with a pair of rebounds and led the Lady Bucks with three assists.


Lady Bucks host nationally-ranked Walters State

December 3, 2012

The Motlow Lady Bucks will have their hands full Friday night when they attempt to break a six-game losing streak against the nation's seventh-ranked Walters State Lady Senators.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Copperweld Arena. The Lady Bucks (3-6, 2-3) will get another shot at a Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival on Saturday when they host Roane State (1-8, 1-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on WHMT radio 105.1 FM.

Motlow is fresh off a weekend that found them battling Chattanooga State (6-2, 4-2) right down to the wire before falling 64-59 Friday night in Chattanooga. The Lady Bucks then traveled to Cleveland State (6-5, 3-3) on Saturday, dropping a 58-39 decision to the Lady Cougars.

Chattanooga State box score
Cleveland State box score


Motlow led Chattanooga State 30-29 at the half Friday night and had a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer in the final seconds. The Lady Bucks overcame a 14% shooting night from behind the three-point line and shot only 30% from the field.

Yet they were in it at the end, thanks in part to double-doubles by both Chelsey Wiseman, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Kinashia Russell who scored 11 points and pulled down 10 boards. Presley Owen added six points, four rebounds and three assists, while Lekera Taylor had six points and six boards.

Saturday the Lady Bucks fought through another poor shooting performance as they connected on only 11-48 shots from the field and trailed 32-20 at the half. Motlow did improve its free throw shooting, hitting 14-19 from the charity stripe.

Taylor led the Lady Bucks with 11 points and six rebounds. Wiseman, who leads the Lady Bucks on the season in scoring, rebounding, and steals, played sparingly Saturday and scored only four points with five rebounds.


Lady Bucks look to regain winning touch

November 28, 2012

The Motlow Lady Bucks (3-4, 2-1) won their first three games, two of them inside the TCCAA, but since then have dropped four straight. Their chance to end the skid comes Friday night when they travel to Chattanooga State to face the Lady Tigers (5-1, 3-1).

The Lady Bucks dropped their previous contest to Lawson State 65-48 Tuesday night at Copperweld Arena.

Tipoff on Friday is scheduled for 5 p.m. central in Chattanooga.

On Saturday the Lady Bucks will travel to Cleveland State (5-4, 3-2), with a 1 p.m. central tipoff. Saturday's games from Cleveland will be broadcast on the Tullahoma Sports Network, with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m. central.. Listen live at TullahomaRadio.com.


Lady Bucks suffer first conference loss

November 19, 2012

The Motlow Lady Bucks ran into a buzz saw Saturday afternoon in the form of the visiting Volunteer State Lady Pioneers as the visitors led from start to finish on their way to a 63-45 victory.

Volunteer State at Lady Bucks boxscore

For the Lady Bucks (3-2, 2-1) it was their first conference loss and their first home loss of the young season. Head coach Aaron Holland knew going in that undefeated Volunteer State (7-0, 3-0) would be a major challenge.

"I thought we played pretty well in spurts," said Holland. "Defensively we did not play as well as I hoped we would and that is something we will work on correcting this week. Offensively we have to learn to be more patient and run our sets regardless of what the defense is doing.

"You have to give a lot of credit to the Lady Pioneers though," he continued. "They are a very talented team and they are very well coached. They got after us Saturday and they deserved to win."

Motlow will travel to Gadsden, Ala. Wednesday night to take on non-conference opponent Gadsden State, and then return home on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to host Lawson State. Motlow returns to TCCAA action with a trip to Chattanooga State on Friday, Nov. 30.

The Lady Pioneers led from start to finish as point guard Sara Bliss hit a three-pointer on the first possession. The Lady Bucks trailed 12-8 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half, 17-11 with nine minutes left and 25-15 with four minutes to play. The half ended with the visitors leading 31-19.

Despite a solid shooting performance from freshman Chelsey Wiseman, who scored 14 points after the intermission, the Lady Bucks were never able to cut into the double-digit lead. Motlow connected on only 30% of its shots from the field, with Wiseman hitting half of the 14 made shots.

Wiseman recorded her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and added a team-high four steals. Lekera Taylor scored nine points and had four rebounds, with Kenashia Russell adding four points, two rebounds, and two steals off the bench.

Kristine Rishel led a balanced Volunteer State attack with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Natasha West scored 12, Bliss added 11, and former Moore County Raiderette Heather Vann finished with nine points, hitting 9-10 free throws.


Lady Bucks host Volunteer State on Saturday

November 14, 2012

The Motlow Lady Bucks will look to rebound from their first defeat when they host Tennessee Community College Athletic Association rival Volunteer State at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Copperweld Arena.

There is no admission charge to Motlow College regular season games. WHMT radio will broadcast Saturday's contest on 105.1 FM, Tullahomaradio.com, and LightTUBe channel 11.

After winning their first three games, the Lady Bucks dropped a 56-42 decision at non-conference Snead State Monday night in Boaz, Ala.

Playing their third game in four days, it was not unexpected that the Lady Bucks might struggle against Snead State. New head coach Aaron Holland's Lady Bucks are young and they play at a very fast pace. It will take time for them to adjust.

Motlow has been paced in the early going by freshman Chelsey Wiseman, who averages 14.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and four steals per game. Sophomore Presley Owen averages 14.0 points and three assists per game.

The Lady Pioneers from Gallatin are considered one of the top teams in the TCCAA. They entered this week with a spotless 5-0 record and are tied atop the conference standings with the Lady Bucks with a 2-0 record.

Included on Volunteer State's roster is former Moore County Raiderette Heather Vann. She averages eight points and three rebounds per game for the Lady Pioneers, who have five players who average at least six points per game.


Balanced offense, pressure defense key Lady Bucks weekend sweep

November 12, 2012

The Motlow Lady Bucks shot to the top of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings this weekend with a pair of wins over conference rivals at Copperweld Arena.

Friday night was not only the conference opener for Motlow (3-0, 2-0), but its home opener as well. The Lady Bucks did not disappoint as they forced 25 turnovers and ran away from Columbia State 65-42.

Saturday afternoon followed a similar pattern as Jackson State was held to 14 points in the first half, while Motlow hit 6-12 three-pointers for the game, in a 70-48 rout of the Lady Generals.

Columbia State box score
Jackson State box score


The Lady Bucks will step out of conference play tonight with a trip to Snead State in Boaz, Ala. Motlow returns to Copperweld Arena on Saturday when they host conference foe Volunteer State at 2 p.m.

"I give a lot of credit to our defense for these two wins," said head coach Aaron Holland. "These back-to-back games are difficult, but I thought we played hard both games. Columbia and Jackson both played us tough, but we played defense with great effort and that was the difference for us."

Motlow's defense clamped down on the Lady Chargers Friday night and never let up, holding the visitors to 21 points in each half. It didn't hurt that Columbia hit only 3-22 three-point shot attempts, but they also won the rebounding battle 42-37. Yet the Lady Bucks dominated the action.

Chelsey Wiseman barely missed her second double-double of the young season with 15 points and nine rebounds. She added four steals and a pair of assists, hit 3-4 three pointers, and topped her night off with a blocked shot.

Presley Owen added 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal; LaShaundra Rice scored 10 points with two assists and three steals; Lekera Taylor had eight points, five rebounds and an assist; and Calvesha Flowers scored eight, along with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

The Lady Generals were no match for the Lady Bucks on Saturday. Taylor recorded the first double-double of her Motlow career, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds, an assist, two steals, and two blocked shots.

Wiseman was again on the edge of a double-double, finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals, and a blocked shot.

Owen led the Lady Bucks with 15 points, including a pair of three pointers, along with two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Bianca Mason scored 11 points off the bench and added four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocked shots.

Motlow's bench scored 23 points against Jackson State and pulled down 28 rebounds.


Lady Bucks hand Holland first victory

November 5, 2012

The Motlow Lady Bucks handed new head coach Aaron Holland his first victory while enjoying the sixth-largest win in school history as they traveled to Dayton, Tenn. and beat the Bryan College JV team 89-41 Friday night in their season opener.

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Motlow will open its home schedule and Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play this weekend when it hosts Columbia State at 6 p.m. Friday night and Jackson State at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Admission is free to regular season contests at Copperweld Arena.

"It feels good to secure our first win of the year," said Holland after his first game as a head coach. "Any time you can go on the road and win, regardless of the score, it says a lot about your team. We played pretty well defensively but I feel we can do better."

The 48-point margin of victory is the sixth-largest margin in Lady Bucks history. The largest margin is 72 points and also came against Bryan College in 2010. The fifth-largest is 49 points and came against Huntingdon in 2000.

The domination was complete from start to finish for Motlow as they jumped out to a 41-18 lead at intermission. Every player on the roster scored and every player got at least one rebound.

Freshman Chelsey Wiseman had a double-double in her first collegiate contest, leading the team with 15 points, 14 rebounds and five steals. Wiseman added four assists and a blocked shot to her impressive stat sheet.

Joining her in double figure scoring was sophomore Presley Owen with 14 points, Kinashia Russell with 12, and LaShaundra Rice with 10. Owen led the team with five assists, while Russell had two assists and a steal and Rice added four assists and a steal.

Erica Ervin pulled down eight rebounds and added seven points, Casey Milan scored eight points and had three rebounds, and Lacy Gaines scored six points with two rebounds and a steal.

The Lady Bucks shot 45.9% from the field, including 35.7% from three-point range. Motlow connected on only 11-19 of its free-throw attempts, but pulled down an impressive 43 rebounds and dished out 26 assists on its 34 made baskets.

Holland knows the level of competition will increase substantially this weekend with Columbia and Jackson coming to Copperweld Arena.

"Our sophomores provided great leadership in our opening game," added Holland. "Now we have to continue to work hard and get ready for our conference opponents that are coming in here this weekend."

Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on WHMT 105.1 FM radio, on the internet at TullahomaRadio.com, and on LightTUBe television channel 11.


Lady Bucks begin Holland era with optimism

September 24, 2012

The Aaron Holland era has begun at Motlow College, and the new Lady Bucks head coach is fully confident that his first squad will establish his program as a winning program that graduates players and opens opportunities for them to continue their education and basketball career.

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Erica Ervin is one of four sophomores returning for the Lady Bucks. Jeff Reed Photography.
"We are committed to doing things the right way," says Holland, who came to Lynchburg from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. during the summer. "We expect to win and we expect to graduate, and anything less than that is not meeting our standards. We are setting that tone from the start."

Although this is Holland's first opportunity to be a head coach, and despite the fact that he got a late start on recruiting because of his late hire date, he believes his first Lady Bucks team is talented enough to compete for the TCCAA championship. They begin that process with the official start of practice October 1.

"Competing for conference championships should be the expectation for our program every season," continued Holland. "If we ever go into a season thinking we have no chance to win a championship then we are doing something wrong. We expect to win at Motlow College in all sports."

The Lady Bucks will open the 2012-13 season when they travel to Dayton, Tenn. to face non-conference opponent Bryan College on Friday, November 2. The first home game is also the first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contest, with Columbia State scheduled to visit Copperweld Arena on Friday, Nov. 9, with tipoff at 6 p.m.

Holland will have four returning sophomores, a sophomore transfer, and eight incoming freshmen on this first Lady Bucks team. He sees potential in this group, but also realizes there is a lot of hard work required to move from showing potential to winning games.

"We have had a very productive off-season," he added. "Our players have worked hard in their individual workouts. Now it's time to come together as a team and develop chemistry and begin to define our roles. We all understand that it will take some time for that process to take place."

Returning for their second season at Motlow are Calvesha Flowers, Presley Owen, Lekera Taylor, and Danielle Ervin. All four started at times last season and all four are expected to be significant contributors this year.

"Our four sophomores have shown leadership during the offseason by helping the newcomers settle in and teaching them how we do things at Motlow," said Holland. "I expect them to continue that leadership on the court."

The freshman class is led by former Grundy County star Chelsey Wiseman, who originally signed to play at Morehead State. Wiseman averaged almost 22 points per game during her high school career and scored over 2,000 points. Former teammate Haley Sons joins Wiseman. Sons averaged over seven points, seven rebounds, and seven assists her senior season at Grundy County.

A pair of former District 8-AAA players are also part of the freshman class. Chernita Smith played her high school ball at Shelbyville Central and Lacy Gaines played in Winchester at Franklin County. Smith averaged 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game; while Gaines averaged 10 points, six rebounds, and five steals per game.

Kinashia Russell, who was the best defensive player on Clarksville's state tournament team the past three years, is now a Lady Buck; as is Casey Milan, who averaged 15 points, five rebounds, and seven assists per game for Gallatin last year. Ken'tesha Ward averaged over nine points and seven rebounds for Mitchell last season.

Also joining the Lady Bucks for her freshman season is Bianca Mason from Northwest High School in Opelousas, Louisiana, and for her redshirt freshman season is LaShaundra Rice, a guard from Glencliff.

Holland makes local headway on hoops recruiting class

August 8, 2012

Motlow Lady Bucks new head basketball coach Aaron Holland has only been on the job for a few weeks, and although he arrived well past the primary time to sign student-athletes for the coming season, he has already added a group of impressive recruits to the 2012-13 roster.

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Former Shelbyville Eaglette Chernita Smith (24) is now a Motlow Lady Buck.
"I am very excited about our incoming class of players," said Holland. "They possess the skill set and athletic background to help us compete in the TCCAA. Not only are they great ball players, but excellent students as well. We pride ourselves on graduating student athletes here at Motlow."

Included among the first girls to agree to come to Lynchburg and play for Holland are three players from high schools in the Motlow College eleven-county service area – Shelbyville Central, Franklin County, and Grundy County.

Chelsey Wiseman is a 5-11 forward who started for four years at Grundy County High School in Tracy City; Shomarie 'Lacy' Gaines is a 5-11 forward from Franklin County High School in Winchester; and Chernita Smith is a 5-9 guard who played her prep basketball for the Shelbyville Central High School Eaglettes.

Also included in Coach Holland's first class is Kinashia Russell, a 5-7 wing player who was part of Clarksville High School's state tournament team; Lynley Crowell, a 5-6 guard from Harding Academy in Searcy, Arkansas; and LaShaundra Rice, a 5-6 guard from Nashville.

In addition to those five newcomers, the Lady Bucks will return four sophomores from last season's squad – Danielle Ervin and Lekera Taylor from Chattanooga, Calvesha Flowers from Nashville, and Presley Owen from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Holland has not completed his roster yet and continues to spend much of his time recruiting throughout the southeast.

Aaron Holland named new Lady Bucks head basketball coach

July 25, 2012

Motlow College recently announced that Aaron Holland has been hired as the new head basketball coach of the Lady Bucks. Holland comes to Motlow after serving in various capacities for the last five years with Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.

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Aaron Holland. Motlow College photo.
Athletic director and men's head coach Jerry Nichols served as the interim head coach of the Lady Bucks during the 2011-12 season, guiding them to an 11-13 record and a sixth-place finish in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association standings.

"We are very excited to have Aaron join the coaching family here at Motlow," said Nichols. "He has served under outstanding head coaches and he has a proven ability to communicate well with student athletes and to teach basketball. His knowledge of the game and his experience at developing talent give him the tools to be a successful coach."

Holland played basketball in high school with his eye on becoming a Division I college player, but when that opportunity did not materialize he set his sights on coaching instead.

"I played basketball all the time while I was growing up," said Holland, "Although I really wanted to play at a high level, God didn't grant me those physical gifts. So I became a student manager and I got involved in college basketball first as a manager.

"I heard about the Motlow job from one of our assistant coaches at Arkansas State. He told me that Motlow was beginning its search for a women's basketball coach and I realized that this was a great opportunity for me to advance in coaching and run my own program.

"Coaches have a chance to positively influence the lives of young people, and in some cases to change their life forever," added Holland. "My biggest role models growing up were my two high school basketball coaches. They influenced me, from my work ethic to how I live my daily life. I look forward to the opportunity to have an impact on my players in the same way."

Holland has worked under two head coaches with Final Four experience. John Brady led LSU in 2006 and Richard Williams took Mississippi State in 1996. Aaron worked closely with both of them and says they taught him a lot about what to do and what not to do.

"I tried to soak up everything they said," he added. "At Arkansas State I was the Director of Player Development but I had my hands in many different areas, including breaking down video and working with our student-athletes to make sure they were in good academic standing."

Moving to a new area has its challenges, but Holland says the transition has been made easier by help from both his new Motlow family and the people of this area in general.

"I am really enjoying the Motlow community and the surrounding area, but I'm still trying to learn which way is Lynchburg and which is Tullahoma," he laughed. "Slowly but surely I'm learning my way around. Everybody has been really nice and helpful to me and it seems like Motlow has really good fan support."

Ultimately, much of a coaches' success is deemed by wins and losses, and Holland knows that his challenge will be to rebuild a Lady Bucks program that has not contended for a state championship since 2006.

"I'm spending most of my time right now recruiting. I came into this a little late in the recruiting season, so right now I'm just trying to meet as many players as I can because I have a roster to fill. Next year I will be much more ahead of the curve when it comes to recruiting."
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