Women's Basketball 2014-15 Season News


Sherrod signs with Motlow

May 6, 2015
By John McWilliams, Sports Writer - TimesDaily.com


FLORENCE - Alexis Sherrod will continue her basketball career at Motlow State Community College next season.

Sherrod tallied 15.2 points, 4.3 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals per game to help Florence host the Class 6A, Area 16 tournament. She plans to build on those numbers at Motlow State, where she will play guard.

Alexis Sherrod signs with Motlow
"I really enjoyed the environment and the teammates, and they made me feel at home, and I feel like I fit in there," Sherrod said. "I just wanted to play basketball, period. I honestly didn't care where I was. I just wanted to play and they made me feel at home."

Sherrod, who plans to major in sports management, said she wants to prove her worth on the court and hopes to take her basketball abilities even further.

"I just want to get better and get exposure and hopefully get to go to the next level," Sherrod said. "People think that just because you're JUCO you can't achieve your goals. I want to prove to them that you can do what you want with your life."

Lady Bucks end season in opening round of TCCAA/Region VII Tournament

March 4, 2015

The 2014-15 basketball season came to a swift end for the Motlow Lady Bucks Tuesday when they dropped a 71-65 decision to Roane State in the opening round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.

The Lady Bucks (7-20) were the No. 9 seed entering the tournament, matching them with the No. 8 seeded Lady Raiders. Roane State had originally finished second in the conference but was forced to forfeit 12 of its wins due to the use of an ineligible player, dropping them to No. 8. One of the forfeited wins came against the Lady Bucks on Feb. 6 in Harriman.

After trailing 12-10 in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday's contest, the Lady Bucks went on an 11-0 run and took a 21-12 lead with six minutes to play in the half. Roane State ended the half on an 18-6 run and led 30-27 heading into the intermission.

Sophomore Chloe Neil kept Motlow close with two first-half three pointers on her way to six for the game and a team-high 20 points. After the Lady Bucks fell behind 47-39 with 11 minutes left to play, Neil hit back-to-back three pointers to pull Motlow within two, 47-45, with 9:50 remaining.

The Lady Raiders, behind 27 points from Cayla Oglesby, then went on a 16-4 run to lead 63-49 with four minutes to play. Motlow would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Motlow out-rebounded Roane State 49-37 but could not overcome 25 turnovers while forcing only six steals. The Lady Bucks shot 35% from the field and hit 12 of their 14 free-throw attempts. The Lady Raiders had 24 fast-break points and converted Motlow's turnovers into 30 total points.

Neil was 6-12 behind the three-point line and added three rebounds to her 20 points. Motlow freshman Lauren Brown recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Bree Horner also scored in double figures with 10 points and added six rebounds.

Additional scoring for Motlow came from Ashley Kee and Sabrina Jackson with six points each, Alexis Smith and Chelsea Holman added five points each, and Titanisha Lawless scored two. Kee, Horner and Jackson each had six rebounds, and Jackson led Motlow with five assists.


Motlow Lady Bucks open TCCAA/Region VII Tournament Tuesday vs. Roane State

March 2, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks are the No. 9 seed in this week's TCCAA/Region VII Tournament and will play their first tournament game on Tuesday at 2 p.m. against the No. 8 seed Roane State. The tournament is being held at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.

TCCAA/Region VII Women's Tournament Bracket

Motlow (6-20, 4-14) completed its regular season Saturday with a 54-44 loss to Columbia State in Columbia. The Lady Chargers (10-14, 8-10) are the No. 6 seed in the tournament and will face No. 3 Jackson State on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The winner of Tuesday's Motlow/Roane matchup will face off against the No. 1 seeded Walters State Lady Senators at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Walters State is 27-2 and ranked No. 8 in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll.

Saturday in Columbia neither the Lady Bucks nor the Lady Chargers could generate much offense, especially in the first half. Twelve minutes into the contest the score was tied 8-8 and at halftime Columbia State led 20-15.

The Lady Bucks never got closer than that five-point deficit in the second half, in part because they missed eight of their 14 free throws after intermission. In addition, the taller Lady Chargers controlled the boards, with the Lady Bucks unable to get many second-shot opportunities.

Lauren Brown was the only double-digit scorer for Motlow with 10 points and five rebounds. Additional scoring came from Chloe Neil with eight, Macy Clements with six, Titanisha Lawless with five, Jadah Fite and Bree Horner had four; and Ashley Kee, Kaitie Leverette and Sabrina Jackson each scored two points.

The winner of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will earn an automatic berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in Salina, Kan., beginning March 16.


Lady Bucks beat Southwest TN for Fourth Win in Previous Six Games

Feb. 20, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks continued their late-season turnaround when they hosted and beat Southwest Tennessee 70-58 Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena. The Lady Bucks have now won four of their last six games.

Chelsea Holman
Winchester sophomore Chelsea Holman scored seven second-half points to help the Lady Bucks beat Southwest Tennessee 70-58 Saturday afternoon in her final home game at Copperweld Arena. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Three of the wins for the Lady Bucks (6-18, 4-12) have come against Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opponents, enabling Motlow to climb out of the bottom slot in the TCCAA standings. The opportunity to move up more in the standings is there for the Lady Bucks with two games remaining in the regular season.

Motlow will travel to Columbia State on Saturday, Feb. 28, with the Lady Bucks and Lady Chargers scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. in a game originally scheduled for Feb. 21. The game against Jackson State, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18, but postponed due to inclement weather, will be played on Wednesday, Feb. 25, with tipoff at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Bucks and Lady Saluqis battled back and forth during the first 26 minutes of play on Saturday in front of a large, loud Copperweld Arena crowd enjoying the final home game of the season. The Lady Bucks led 19-12 with seven minutes remaining in the first half, but Southwest went on an 11-5 run and intermission came with Motlow clinging to a 24-23 lead.

After the two teams were tied 34-34 with 14 minutes remaining, the Lady Bucks began to pull away behind the inside scoring of Lauren Brown and the outside shooting of Ashley Kee, Chelsea Holman and Katie Leverette. Five minutes later, the Lady Bucks led 54-42 and closed the door on the visitors.

Despite not scoring, Motlow's Macy Clements provided a key spark in the second half and finished with a team-high seven rebounds plus three assists.

Brown led Motlow with 20 points, including 14 in the second half, and added four rebounds. Holman and Leverette each scored nine, and all eight of Kee's points came after halftime. Bree Horner scored six points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot; and Sabrina Jackson added six points with two rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

Additional scoring for Motlow included Chloe Neil, Tanika Gholston and Alexis Smith with three points, Erin Layne with two, and Titanisha Lawless scored one point.

Lady Bucks trending up after crushing Dyersburg State, final home game is Saturday

Feb. 12, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks have now won three of their previous five games and are playing their best basketball of the season after beating Dyersburg State 73-57 Wednesday night at Copperweld Arena.

Alexis Smith
Motlow sophomore Alexis Smith, pictured from a recent contest, led the Lady Bucks with 13 points in their 73-57 win over Dyersburg State. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The Lady Bucks (5-18, 3-12) will host their final home game of the year, and recognize eight sophomore players in a special ceremony, when Southwest Tennessee visits on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tipoff. The Lady Saluqis edged the Lady Bucks 80-75 earlier this season.

After falling behind 18-11 during the first eight minutes Wednesday night, the Lady Bucks went on an 8-0 run and pulled ahead 19-18 with nine minutes remaining in the half. Chelsea Holman and Erin Layne came off the bench to combine for 14 first-half points and the Lady Bucks entered the intermission leading 36-29.

Motlow freshman Lauren Brown opened the second half with three quick buckets, sparking her team to a 57-41 lead with 10 minutes to play. The Lady Bucks extended the lead to 20 points with eight minutes left, but Dyersburg State kept playing hard and cut the lead to nine, 58-49, with six minutes remaining.

Sabrina Jackson hit four consecutive free throws and Bree Horner scored 10 second-half points to help hold off the Lady Eagles and give the Lady Bucks their third conference victory.

Alexis Smith led the Lady Bucks with 13 points and added four rebounds. Horner scored 12 and dished out five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Sabrina Jackson added 10 points with three rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

Additional scoring for Motlow included Brown and Holman with eight each, Layne with seven, Chloe Neil had six, Ashley Kee scored five, and Kaitie Leverette added four points. Macy Clements didn't score but had three rebounds and two assists.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Lady Bucks take 'Huge Step Forward' in Homecoming win over Chattanooga State

Feb. 2, 2015

Post players Lauren Brown, Sabrina Jackson and Alexis Smith combined for 45 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Motlow Lady Bucks celebrated homecoming on Saturday with a 90-74 win over Chattanooga State.

Lauren Brown
Manchester freshman Lauren Brown scored 24 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Lady Bucks to a dominating win over Chattanooga State. Photo by Jeff Reed.
First-year Head Coach Dominic Tharpe was thrilled to see the hard work his team has put in all season pay off in front of a large, loud Copperweld Arena crowd.

"Our energy was electric and the homecoming crowd definitely created a tremendous environment for us to play in," said Tharpe.

"This win was a huge step forward for our team," he continued. "We had complete buy-in and execution of the game plan on both ends of the floor. Offensively we emphasized working from the inside and sharing the basketball. A win like this allows us to see what happens when effort and selflessness are put into play on the court. I was really proud of how our team battled through the scoring runs that Chattanooga State made."

The win broke a 10-game Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) losing streak for the Lady Bucks (3-16, 2-10), and was the first on-court victory since Motlow beat Jackson State 75-66 back on Nov. 7 in the first conference game of the season. Saturday's win was a complete reversal of Friday night's 53-35 loss to Cleveland State.

The disappointment of Friday's loss was quickly replaced on Saturday though, as the Lady Bucks took control early and never relinquished the lead, even though Chattanooga State cut that lead to one point, 21-20, with 7:50 remaining in the first half.

Smith, Jackson and Brown were keys throughout for the Lady Bucks. In the first half, Smith stepped outside the three-point line and nailed two big shots. Jackson and Brown displayed a lethal post-passing attack, with Jackson racking up four assists and all four coming on passes to Brown for baskets from within five feet of the hoop.

After leading 34-26 at halftime, the Lady Bucks never allowed the Lady Tigers (8-9, 5-7) to get closer than seven points the rest of the way. Chloe Neil hit a pair of three-pointers, Chelsea Holman came off the bench to score 13 of her 15 points, and both Brown and Jackson stepped outside the arc to connect on three-pointers.

After the Lady Tigers cut the Motlow lead to 40-33 with 17 minutes remaining, sophomore Bree Horner hit her only 3-pointer of the game to extend the lead back to 10 points. When the visitors closed the gap to eight points with 8:20 showing on the game clock, Holman drilled two consecutive 3-pointers and the Motlow lead was back to 11 points with five minutes to play.

Brown, a freshman from Manchester who is emerging as one of the conference's rising stars, led the Lady Bucks with 24 points and eight rebounds. Holman added four rebounds to her 15 points, Jackson and Neil each scored 11 points, with Neil hitting three 3-pointers and Jackson adding seven rebounds and eight assists.

Smith scored 10 points and had four rebounds and two blocked shots; Bree Horner had five points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists; Macy Clements had four points and three rebounds; and Ashley Kee added three points, four rebounds and two assists.

The Lady Bucks will step outside the conference on Monday, Feb. 2, when they host the Bryan College JV team at 5:30 p.m. TCCAA play resumes this weekend with the annual trip to East Tennessee. Both Motlow teams will play at Roane State on Friday and at Walters State on Saturday.

Lady Bucks welcome return to Copperweld Arena

Jan. 27, 2015

It has been almost two months since the Motlow Lady Bucks played a basketball game on their home floor, but the long road trip ends this weekend when Motlow welcomes a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rivals to Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (2-15, 1-9) ended a five-game road stretch, the longest of the season, with a 70-59 loss to Volunteer State in Gallatin last Saturday. After trailing the Lady Pioneers 41-30 at the half, Motlow battled to a 29-29 stalemate on the road in the second half.

Freshman Lauren Brown continued her improved play with a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds. Chelsea Holman scored eight points with four rebounds and two steals; Bree Horner had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals; Chloe Neil and Jadah Fite each scored six points; and Sabrina Jackson added five points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and five blocked shots.

Friday night Cleveland State comes to Lynchburg for the first Motlow home game since Dec. 6, 2014. The Lady Bucks dropped a close 62-55 decision to the Lady Cougars back on Nov. 21, in Cleveland. Tipoff for Friday's contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The following day the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers visit as part of Motlow's 2015 homecoming celebration. Festivities begin inside Nisbett Center at 1 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. Back on Nov. 22, the Lady Bucks fought to the end in Chattanooga before falling short 76-67.

Although the Lady Bucks don't have many marks in the win column, it is apparent from their recent scores that they are continuing to play hard for first-year head coach Dominic Tharpe. In recent years, under previous coaches, that has not always been the case.

Jackson continues to pace the Lady Bucks, averaging 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots per game. Brown and Horner have both been very consistent, with Horner averaging eight points, four rebounds and three assists per game and Brown averaging almost eight points and over four rebounds.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.


Lady Bucks look ahead after close contests last weekend

Jan. 20, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks continued to show improvement over the weekend despite dropping a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contests on their annual road trip to west Tennessee.

The Lady Bucks (2-14, 1-8) went to Dyersburg on Friday and fell 68-59 to Dyersburg State, then traveled to Memphis on Saturday and came up short 80-75 to Southwest Tennessee. Both Motlow teams will continue conference play this weekend when they head to Gallatin to play Volunteer State. Tipoff for the women's contest is 2 p.m.

Friday night in Dyersburg the Lady Bucks only trailed by a point, 33-32, at halftime but were not able to overcome the Lady Eagles' lead.

Saturday afternoon in Memphis was similar in the first half as the Lady Bucks led the Lady Saluqis 32-30. Southwest Tennessee dominated the paint though, outrebounding Motlow 62-42. The game was marred by fouls, with the two teams combining to shoot 80 free throws. Each squad converted 27 of their attempts.

Sabrina Jackson led the Lady Bucks with 16 points and pulled down six rebounds with two blocked shots. Chelsea Holman came off the bench to score 15 for Motlow along with two steals. Lauren Brown scored 12 and had six rebounds, while Chloe Neil had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Jadah Fite added eight points, five rebounds and three assists for Motlow, while Ashley Kee scored six points with three rebounds and two steals.

Volunteer State started the season winning five of its first six games but has lost six in a row since then, including falling to both Dyersburg State and Southwest Tennessee over the weekend.

Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's 'The Ticket' sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe television channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.


Motlow Lady Bucks set sites on conference road trip

Jan. 13, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks will try and shake off a pair losses in Alabama last week when they continue the season's longest road trip by returning to conference play Friday night against Dyersburg State. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Dyersburg.

Last Thursday the Lady Bucks gave No. 21-ranked Wallace State all it could handle in a 66-54 loss in Hanceville, Ala. Saturday, Motlow was not quite as competitive when it dropped an 85-51 decision to Lawson State in Birmingham.

The road swing continues on Saturday, Jan. 17, in Memphis against the Lady Saluqis of Southwest Tennessee. The fifth and final game of this road stretch is the following Saturday when Motlow travels to Gallatin to face Volunteer State.

Both Motlow teams will return home on Friday, Jan. 30, when they host Cleveland State at Copperweld Arena. The following day, Motlow will celebrate homecoming around a visit from conference opponent Chattanooga State. Tipoff Friday is 5:30 p.m., while homecoming games will begin at 2 p.m.

The Lady Bucks (2-12, 1-6) still have an opportunity to work their way into the top half of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings with 11 conference games remaining. Dyersburg State hasn't won a conference game yet and Southwest Tennessee is just 3-4 in the league. A sweep this weekend would completely change the Lady Bucks' outlook moving forward.

To get league wins and gain ground in the standings, the Lady Bucks will need continued consistent play from top scorer and rebounder Sabrina Jackson. The sophomore center from Chicago averages 13.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. However, Jackson needs more help if Motlow is going to turn its season around.

Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's 'The Ticket' sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe television channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.


Lady Bucks hoping for fresh start

Jan. 6, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks will begin the second half of their basketball season when they travel to Hanceville, Ala., to face non-conference opponent Wallace State on Thursday, Jan. 8.

The Lady Bucks (2-10, 1-6) begin their longest road trip of the season on Thursday, the first of five straight games away from Copperweld Arena.

The Motlow women will not play another home game until Friday, Jan. 30, when TCCAA opponent Cleveland State visits. The following day, Motlow will host Chattanooga State for Homecoming.

Sophomore post player Sabrina Jackson has been the catalyst for the Lady Bucks during the first half of the season, averaging 13 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Classmates Chloe Neil and Bree Horner each average just below 10 points per game.


Lady Bucks look to change fortunes during winter break

Dec. 10, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks completed the first half of their season with a pair of disappointing losses to Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rivals last weekend at Copperweld Arena.

Jadah Fite
Sophomore Jadah Fite will be counted on to help lead the Lady Bucks in the second half of the season. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The Lady Bucks (1-11, 1-6) hosted two of the top teams in the league, falling 87-62 to Roane State on Friday and 69-41 to Walters State, the No. 20 team in the nation, Saturday afternoon. Motlow will now break for the holidays before returning to action on Thursday, Jan. 8, with a trip to Hanceville, Ala., to face non-conference opponent Wallace State, the No. 27 team in the latest national poll.

Friday night the Lady Bucks and Lady Raiders took turns taking the lead during much of the first half, with Motlow leading 24-19 with nine minutes remaining and 30-23 with seven minutes left. Motlow led 30-25 with six minutes to play in the half before Roane State went on a 20-6 run to lead 45-36 at the break. The Lady Bucks hit seven 3-point shots in the first 20 minutes.

After the intermission the Lady Bucks were ice cold from the floor as Roane State outscored Motlow 15-0 in the first seven minutes to take a commanding lead and cruise to the victory.

Bree Horner led the Lady Bucks with 10 points, while Lauren Brown and Erin Layne each added nine. Ashley Kee, Tanika Gholston and Alexis Smith each scored seven for Motlow.

Saturday against Walters State the contest was not as competitive as Friday night. The Lady Senators led 33-13 at the half and the Lady Bucks were never able to cut into the visitors' lead.

Lady Bucks host TCCAA leaders this weekend

Dec. 3, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks will have their hands full this weekend when they host the top two teams in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings.

The Lady Bucks (1-9, 1-4) suffered their eighth consecutive loss when they dropped a 66-59 decision to Snead State in a non-conference contest in Boaz, Ala., Tuesday night.

Motlow will host Roane State on Friday, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena. The visiting Lady Raiders are 6-4 overall but 4-1 in the TCCAA, with their only conference loss coming to first-place Walters State.

The Lady Senators are 9-2 overall and stand alone at the top of the conference without a league loss. They are ranked No. 20 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll. Motlow will host Walters State on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Lady Bucks battled Snead State to the end on Tuesday after the two teams entered halftime tied at 32-32. Motlow had four players score in double figures, with Lauren Brown scoring all of her team-high 13 points in the first half.

Jadah Fite, Chloe Neil and Sabrina Jackson each added 10 points for Motlow. The Lady Bucks were 10-17 from the free throw line, while Snead connected on 17-24 free throws.

Following this weekend's action, the Lady Bucks will break for the holidays until Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, when they travel to Hanceville, Ala., to face Wallace State.

Saturday's contest against Walters State can be seen live on the internet at www.ihigh.com/motlowstatecc.

Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's 'The Ticket' sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe television channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.


Lady Bucks can't overcome hot Wallace State shooting

Nov. 26, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks outscored Wallace State 19-0 during the middle 10 minutes of the first half before the visiting Lady Lions rode the hot shooting of sophomore Morgan Smith to a 79-62 win over Motlow Tuesday night at Copperweld Arena.

After falling behind 17-5 with 14 minutes to play in the first half, the Lady Bucks (1-8, 1-4) went on their spectacular 19-0 run behind aggressive defense and hot shooting from Chloe Neil and Erin Layne. Motlow led 24-17 with 6:45 to play in the half.

But the Lady Lions (5-1) simply put the ball in the hands of their best player, Smith, and she took over the game, scoring 21 points in the first half on her way to a game-high 32. Wallace State led 38-28 at halftime.

The Lady Bucks kept battling, cutting the visitors' lead to single digits multiple times, but Wallace State connected on 12-13 free throws in the second half to seal the win. The Lady Bucks hit 10-12 from the charity stripe themselves after intermission, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit.

Unofficially, Neil led the Lady Bucks with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, and added a pair of rebounds. Sabrina Jackson scored 14 with four rebounds, and Layne joined them in double figures with 13 points. Ashley Kee hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored nine points, while Bree Horner led the Lady Bucks with eight rebounds.

After the holiday weekend the Lady Bucks will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 2, when they travel to Boaz, Ala., to face non-conference opponent Snead State. Motlow will return to Copperweld Arena, and to TCCAA play, when it hosts Roane State on Friday, Dec. 5, and Walters State the following day.


Flowers' 39 points sparks Volunteer St. past Lady Bucks

Nov. 15, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks were tied with visiting Volunteer State with seven minutes remaining in their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contest Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena.

Lauren Brown
Freshman Lauren Brown had a break-out game with 22 points for the Lady Bucks. Photo by Jeff Reed.
However, the Lady Bucks could do nothing to slow down Volunteer's Ta'Keyha Flowers, who exploded for 39 points in leading her Lady Pioneers to an 85-76 win.

The Lady Bucks (1-4, 1-2) will step back out of conference play when they welcome Gadsden State on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. for a rare home date that does not feature a men's game after the women's contest. Admission to all Motlow College athletic events is free.

Both Motlow teams will embark on their first road trip of the season this weekend when they play at conference rivals Cleveland State on Friday and Chattanooga State on Saturday. The next home games are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 25, when powerful Wallace State visits Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks played well early against Volunteer State, taking a 20-13 lead with 13:40 remaining in the first half, thanks to a hot shooting start from behind the 3-point line. Lauren Brown, who led Motlow with 22 points, and Chloe Neil who scored 19 for the Lady Bucks, keyed the hot start by connected on multiple 3-point buckets.

With the score tied 29-29 with 4:30 remaining in the first half, the visiting Lady Pioneers went on a 10-0 run to close the half with a 39-29 lead.

Motlow jumped right back into contention as the second half opened, keyed by Brown's 16 second half points and strong inside play from Sabrina Jackson, who finished with 13 points. The Lady Bucks caught Volunteer State 48-48 with 12:15 left to play and again at 59-59 with 6:30 showing on the clock, but down the stretch the visitors just had too much Ta'Keyha Flowers.

Brown added four rebounds and two assists to her 22 points. Neil hit five 3-point shots, including four in the first half, and added five rebounds, three assists and a steal to her 19 points. Jackson pulled down five rebounds and had two steals to go along with 13 points. Erin Layne scored eight points for Motlow with Jadah Fite and Bree Horner each adding seven. Horner led the Lady Bucks with four assists.

A bright spot for the Lady Bucks was their free throw shooting, as Motlow connected on 13-15 shots from the charity stripe. The visitors, led by Flowers' 9-10 performance, made 21-26 free throws.

Flowers scored 27 of her points in the second half and led her team with seven rebounds, despite being one of the smallest players on the court. Volunteer State's post player, Shenequa Foster, was also very impressive with 21 points. The two teams will play again on Jan. 24 in Gallatin.

Lady Bucks open conference play with first win

Nov. 11, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks handed new head coach Dominic Tharpe his first win in Lynchburg and got off to a strong start in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play with a 75-66 win over Jackson State Friday night at Copperweld Arena.

Sabrina Jackson
Sabrina Jackson pulled down 18 rebounds and blocked six shots in Saturday's loss to Columbia State. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The Lady Bucks are now 1-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play after Columbia State handed them a 77-63 loss on Saturday. Motlow will travel to Gadsden, Ala., for a non-conference contest against Gadsden State Tuesday before returning home to host Volunteer State on Saturday, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Lady Bucks led Jackson 35-31 at halftime Friday and held off a late charge from the visiting Lady Generals. Motlow had a balanced scoring attack that featured four players in double figures. Chloe Neil hit three 3-point shots and led the way with 13 points.

Bree Horner and Sabrina Jackson each scored 12 points, Chelsea Holman had 11, Jadah Fite and Alexis Smith each scored seven, Ashley Kee added five, and Lauren Brown scored four points.

On Saturday, Motlow again led at halftime 32-29. The Lady Bucks increased the lead to seven at 40-33 with 16 minutes to play in the game, but from there the visiting Lady Chargers went on a 15-3 run and never looked back.

Jackson was magnificent for Motlow, scoring 13 points with 18 rebounds and six blocked shots. Neil connected on five 3-pointers and scored 15 points, and Horner led the Lady Bucks in scoring with 18. Chelsea Holman scored nine points and added five rebounds for Motlow. Neil, Horner and Ashley Kee each dished out three assists, with Kee adding a pair of blocked shots and a steal.

Motlow Lady Bucks drop season opener in overtime

Nov. 4, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks overcame a four-point deficit with 40 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime before dropping a 96-90 decision to Snead State at Copperweld Arena last Friday night.

Sabrina Jackson
Sophomore Sabrina Jackson led Motlow with 19 points and seven rebounds. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The non-conference game was the season opener for both teams and the first game for new Motlow head coach Dominic Tharpe. The Lady Bucks will join the Motlow men's team in hosting conference rival Jackson State on Friday; with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Motlow will then host Columbia State on Saturday starting at 2 p.m.

Sophomores Sabrina Jackson, Bree Horner and Chloe Neil joined freshmen Lauren Brown and Tanika Gholston in the starting lineup for the Lady Bucks. Snead State jumped out to an 18-9 lead with 10:22 remaining in the first half before Motlow began finding its rhythm.

The visitors led 30-23 with 2:48 left in the first half before Gholston completed a four-point play and cut the lead to 33-32 with 56 seconds left in the half, which ended with Motlow trailing 37-36. Chelsea Holman scored 13 of her 16 points before intermission.

Jackson, who led Motlow with 19 points and seven rebounds, hit a three pointer with 13:22 left to play to give Motlow its biggest lead at 53-45. Motlow still led 69-62 with 4:45 left to play before visiting Snead State began chipping away, finally taking over the lead at 79-75 with 40 seconds left.

Brown hit a three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to cut the Snead lead to 79-78, and Holman's basket and free throw gave Motlow an 81-79 advantage with 18 seconds left in regulation. Snead hit a late basket though to send the game into overtime tied at 81. Motlow led through the first three minutes of the five minute extra period before the visitors pulled away for the win.

Bree Horner
Sophomore Bree Horner scored 13 points with six rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Jackson had 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Holman added 16 points, three rebounds and two assists; Horner had 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots; and Brown added 12 points.

Gholston scored seven points and added two steals and two assists, and Erin Layne connected on 3-7 three-point shots and finished with nine points and a pair of rebounds. Neil hit a three-pointer and pulled down four rebounds, while Jadah Fite had five points and an assist. Katie Leverette scored four and had two rebounds, and Alexis Smith added a bucket and two rebounds.

Motlow turned the ball over 22 times and had only 23 rebounds but blocked eight Snead State shots. Motlow shot 44% from the field and hit 19-27 free throws, including 8-11 by Jackson.

Jasmine Richardson led Snead State with 27 points and nine rebounds.

Motlow Lady Bucks open new era Halloween night at Copperweld Arena

Oct. 24, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks will begin their 40th season of competition Halloween night with a brand new coach and a change of attitude and outlook. After a decade of struggle, the bar has been raised and the ultimate goal has been declared - compete for championships.

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Former Motlow player and men's assistant coach Dominic Tharpe became the 11th head coach in Lady Bucks' basketball history when his hire was announced on June 20, and he will lead his new squad on to the Copperweld Arena floor when Snead State (AL) visits to open the season at 5:30 p.m. Friday night. Admission is free to all Motlow College home athletic events.

Tharpe is confident that he has the experience and training, and that Motlow has the resources, to rebuild the women's program into a state championship contender. Three straight home games to open the season should help in the rebuilding process.

"I feel like the schedule is very favorable, but tough, with our conference games starting the second week of the season," said Tharpe. "It's great that we have a long home stretch early in the season against formidable opponents. Hopefully, the early home stint will allow the team time to come together before January, when we play five straight on the road."

Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference play begins a week from Friday, when Motlow will host Jackson State on Nov. 7, then Columbia State on Saturday, Nov. 8. Ten of the first 14 games are at home prior to that five-game road swing in January.

"Our sophomore class is very hungry to prove that they are better than the previous year," continued Tharpe. "I honestly feel they are working with a chip on their shoulder to become the best players they can be on and off the court. The experience that they bring to our team has helped the freshmen to make the transition from high school a lot easier."

Headlining the sophomore class that will be counted on to lead the Lady Bucks are Franklin County alum Chelsea Holman, Huntland's Alexis Smith, Shelbyville's Bree Horner, Chloe Neil from Bristol, and Sabrina Jackson from Chicago. Nashville's Jadah Fite sat out much of last season due to injury, but is healthy and expected to be a major contributor.

Tharpe has added a talented group of freshmen to the mix, despite the late start in recruiting. Newcomers to the Lady Bucks this season include Lauren Brown and Kelsey Munn from Manchester, both of which played their high school basketball at Coffee County, and Erin Layne from Tullahoma.

Additional newcomers include Tanika Gholston from Whitwell, Kaitie Leverette from Shelbyville, Ashley Kee from Smyrna, and Titanisha Lawless from Nashville. Kee and Leverette are sophomores, while the rest are freshmen with two seasons of eligibility.

Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's 'The Ticket' sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe television channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.

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2014-15 Motlow Lady Bucks - front row, from left: Katie Leverette, Unionville; Erin Layne, Tullahoma; Breeanna Horner, Shelbyville; Ashley Kee, Smyrna; Tanika Gholston, Whitwell; and Jadah Fite, Nashville. Second row: John Steverson, assistant coach; Chelsea Holman, Winchester; Lauren Brown, Manchester; Titanisha Lawless, Nolensville; Kelsey Munn, Manchester; Sabrina Jackson, Chicago; Alexis Smith, Huntland; Chloe Neil, Bristol; and Dominic Tharpe, head coach. Motlow College Photo.

Motlow Lady Bucks begin preparing for first season under Dominic Tharpe

Oct. 2, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks have begun official practice in preparation for the 2014-15 basketball season, the 40th in school history and the first under new head coach Dominic Tharpe. Junior college teams throughout the country practiced for the first time Oct. 1.

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After three scheduled scrimmage contests, the Lady Bucks will open the regular season when they welcome non-conference opponent Snead State to Copperweld Arena on Friday, Oct. 31. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Before his hiring at Motlow in July, Tharpe spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Dyersburg State, where the Lady Eagles enjoyed the most successful two-year run in school history. Tharpe played for Motlow from 1998-2000 and was an assistant men's coach during the 2006-07 season.

"I feel that the past few years have allowed me to be very familiar with the TCCAA and its level of competition," said Tharpe. "Rian Puckett and Bobby Steinburg served as great head coaches and mentors to me during my tenure as an assistant coach on the junior college level. My previous experiences have equipped me with valuable knowledge in turning our program back in the right direction."

Tharpe has been working hard to create a balanced roster that includes six returning sophomores and seven newcomers. Of the 13 roster spots, eight are filled by players from Motlow College's 11-county service area. Fans should be familiar with a number of Lady Bucks as the season opens.

Headlining the sophomore class that will be counted on to lead the Lady Bucks are Franklin County alum Chelsea Holman, Huntland's Alexis Smith, Shelbyville's Bree Horner, Chloe Neil from Bristol and Sabrina Jackson from Chicago. Nashville's Jadah Fite sat out much of last season due to injury, but is healthy and expected to be a major contributor.

"Our sophomore class is very hungry to prove that they are better than the previous year," continued Tharpe. "I honestly feel they are working with a chip on their shoulder to become the best players they can be on and off the court. The experience that they bring to our team has helped the freshmen to make the transition from high school a lot easier."

Holman, Smith and Neil each played in all 25 games for the Lady Bucks in 2013-14. Smith, a 6-1 post, averaged seven points, 5.8 rebounds and one steal per game. She blocked 31 shots and connected on 5-12 shots from three-point range.

Holman was one of the most consistent players last season, averaging 7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, one steal and one assist per game. Jackson was the top reserve, coming off the bench to average 6.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Jackson also blocked 41 shots, second on the team which blocked a total of 174 shots.

Neil connected on 27 three-point shots last season and averaged four points and 1.6 rebounds per contest. Horner improved consistently as the season advanced last year, averaging 3.1 points, three rebounds and one assist per game. In limited time, Fite averaged 4.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and one assist.

"Holman, Smith, and Neil all have valuable playing experience in the TCCAA and know what type of grind that the season can bring on and off the court," Tharpe added. "I feel that each of these players have stepped up their level of commitment and desire to win through the transition of the coaching change. Horner, Jackson and Fite will definitely be key contributors this year. Their work ethic and dedication to our team has been great during the preseason. I expect them to really have breakout seasons and impose their will on opponents this year."

Newcomers to the Lady Bucks this season include Lauren Brown and Kelsey Munn from Manchester, both of which played their high school basketball at Coffee County.

Tanika Gholston is from Whitwell, Kaitelyn Leverette from Shelbyville, Ashley Kee from Smyrna, Titanisha Lawless from Nashville, and Erin Layne from Tullahoma are also set to begin their first season at Motlow College. Kee and Leverette are sophomores, while the rest are freshmen with two seasons of eligibility.


Motlow Lady Bucks release 2014-15 schedule, to Open Season Halloween Night at Home

Sept. 10, 2014

A new era is set to begin for the Motlow Lady Bucks basketball program when it opens the 2014-15 season by hosting Snead State on Friday, Oct. 31, at Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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First-year head coach Dominic Tharpe, a former Motlow player and men's assistant coach, recently announced the schedule for his first Lady Bucks team. The 25-game regular season will end on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, with a trip to Columbia State.

Six sophomores return for their second season at Motlow as part of Tharpe's first Lady Bucks squad. They will be joined by seven newcomers, including five freshmen and two sophomore transfers.

A week after opening the season, the Lady Bucks will jump right into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) action when they host Jackson State on Friday, Nov. 7, and Columbia State the following day.

"I feel like the schedule is very favorable, but tough, with our conference games starting the second week of the season," said Tharpe. "It's great that we have a long home stretch early in the season against formidable opponents. Hopefully, the early home stint will allow the team time to come together before January, when we play five straight on the road."

The three home games to open the season is the longest home stand on the schedule for Motlow. On the other hand, most of the month of January will be spent on the road, beginning with a Jan. 8 trip to Hanceville, Ala. to face powerhouse Wallace State. The road swing ends on Jan. 24, four games later, in Gallatin against Volunteer State.

Additional non-conference opponents for the 2014-15 season include Snead State from Boaz, Ala., Gadsden State from Gadsden, Ala., and Lawson State from Birmingham.

The Lady Bucks will get ready for the season with three scheduled scrimmage dates, beginning with a traveling team from Canada coming to Copperweld Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Motlow will scrimmage at the Scenic City Jamboree in East Ridge on Sunday, Oct. 19, and travel to Nashville to scrimmage Fisk University on Oct. 24.

Following the regular season, the Lady Bucks will participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, beginning Mar. 3. The winner of the TCCAA tournament will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Salina, Kan., beginning Mar. 16.

"Our conference will definitely be a step up from last year, with so many experienced players returning," added Tharpe. "The TCCAA has a good mixture of veteran and young coaches that will produce some highly competitive conference games this season."

Start time for all weeknight games, including Friday, is 5:30 p.m. local time. All Saturday games will begin at 2 p.m. The Lady Bucks' 18 TCCAA conference games will be followed by the Motlow men's team facing the same school. Some non-conference games for the Lady Bucks are played separately from the men's schedule. Both Motlow teams will host Snead State for the season opener.

Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's The Ticket sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.

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Lady Bucks' Head Coach Tharpe glad to be back at his "second home"

July 24, 2014

Former Motlow College basketball player and men's assistant coach Dominic Tharpe is hard at work after being named the new head coach of the Lady Bucks' program in early July.

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His first order of business was to hold an open tryout on Saturday, July 19, at Copperweld Arena on the Motlow Moore County campus. He then appeared on the Sports Plus radio talk show Monday on 'The Ticket sports radio in Tullahoma, Motlow's flagship broadcast outlet, and expressed how happy he was to be back in southern Middle Tennessee.

"From the first time I stepped on this campus out of high school back in 1998, it felt like home," said Tharpe, who played for the Bucks and former coach Lonnie Thompson for two seasons. "This area reminds me a lot of my hometown of Paris, Tenn. It is about the same size and has the same feel to it. I always felt comfortable here.

"When I heard that there was an opening at Motlow College, I immediately knew that it was an opportunity that I wanted to pursue," Tharpe continued. "I was thrilled when it was announced that I had been hired and I am here and already working to improve our basketball program."

After injuries cut short his playing career he returned home to West Tennessee and began helping coach at Henry County High School, where he had enjoyed an outstanding prep career. By 2006 he found himself back at Motlow as an assistant coach for Bobby Steinburg, who coached the Bucks from 2006-2008.

"Coach Steinburg was an assistant coach here when I played at Motlow," continued Tharpe. "He and I developed a good relationship then, and when he was hired as the head coach he contacted me and asked if I was interested in coming back to Motlow. I didn't hesitate."

After one season as Steinburg's assistant in Lynchburg, Tharpe was hired first as an assistant and then as head coach at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Ky. After realizing he was better suited to coaching women's basketball, he headed back home and joined Rian Puckett's staff at Dyersburg State. Under Puckett and Tharpe, the Lady Eagles enjoyed two of the finest seasons in school history.

"The women's game seems to be better suited to my style of coaching because it is a little more structured," he added. "The men's game has evolved into a much faster, up and down the floor type of game. There certainly is nothing wrong with that, but for me I really enjoy teaching and coaching basketball in a more traditional style."

With the start of classes at Motlow College still a month away, the roster that Tharpe inherits in his first season is still very fluid. It appears a majority of the sophomores who played last year will return for their second season. Tharpe is familiar with them and sees the potential for improvement.

"It was obvious watching this team last year that there are some talented players here," said Tharpe. "We have already signed some freshmen and we are talking to some others who have expressed an interest in Motlow College. We'll see what we have when school starts and begin working to return the Lady Bucks to a position of competing for conference championships."

Tharpe's first Lady Bucks team will begin preseason workouts in late August, and then hit the Copperweld Arena floor for the official start of practice Oct. 1. Although Motlow's 2014-15 basketball schedule has not yet been announced, the season traditionally begins the final week of October.

Dominic Tharpe Named Women's Head Basketball Coach at Motlow College

June 20, 2014

Former Motlow College player and assistant coach Dominic Tharpe has been named the new head coach of the Lady Bucks' basketball team, according to Tori Raby-Gentry, athletic director at the College.

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He was selected from a large group of outstanding candidates to help revitalize the Lady Bucks' program, and brings vast experience to the position, including one year as an assistant at Motlow under former coach Bobby Steinburg during the 2006-07 season. Tharpe played two seasons at Motlow from 1998-2000 under former coach Lonnie Thompson.

"It is a privilege and a humbling experience to be able to return to Motlow College as the head coach of the Lady Bucks," said Tharpe. "Motlow has always felt like a second home to me from the time I played here and when I was an assistant. The faculty and staff have treated me well and have always welcomed me with open arms."

Tharpe spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Dyersburg State Lady Eagles under Head Coach Rian Puckett. He was also an assistant under Puckett at Mid-Continent University during the 2007-08 season. The following year Tharpe spent his lone season as a head coach for the Mid-Continent women's squad.

Other assistant coaching stops for Tharpe have included his high school alma mater Henry County in Paris, Tenn., Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., and Indiana University East in Richmond, Ind.

"We are thrilled to announce Dominic as our new women's basketball coach," said Raby-Gentry. "He has a lot of experience coaching on the college level, plus he played and coached here at Motlow. He knows what it takes to build a successful program and we are confident that he will accomplish that in the coming years."

After completing his playing career at Motlow, Tharpe continued as a student-athlete at Park University in Missouri before an injury ended his basketball career. He returned to West Tennessee and earned his bachelor's degree from Bethel. He later earned his master's degree from the University of Memphis.

"It has been a long, hard road for me to get to this point and I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be here at Motlow," added Tharpe. "I have learned a lot from my previous head coaches and I feel that they have prepared me with the tools that I need to be successful as a head coach here."

Motlow College begins search for new women's head basketball coach

May 7, 2014

Motlow College has begun the search process for a new women's head basketball coach, according to Tori Raby-Gentry, athletic director at the College.

Aaron Holland will not return as coach after two seasons as leader of the Lady Bucks program. Holland, who came to Motlow after five seasons as a member of the staff at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, compiled a 7-43 record as head coach of the Lady Bucks.

"We will start a nation-wide search for a new women's basketball coach immediately," said Raby-Gentry. "We are looking forward to finding someone to rebuild our women's basketball program."

The next Lady Bucks coach will inherit a program with a number of returning sophomore players who displayed plenty of potential during the 2013-14 season. Motlow lost only two players from last year's team due to graduation, Brianna McDonald and Lacy Gaines.


Briana McDonald signs to play basketball at Trevecca

May 12, 2014

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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.


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