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Dec. 13, 2016
The Motlow Lady Bucks ended the first half of their 2016-17 basketball season on a six-game winning streak, capped off by a come-from-behind 65-61 win over Itawamba Community College Saturday afternoon in Fulton, Miss.
The Lady Bucks (12-2, 5-0) entered the contest ranked No. 24 in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The win in Mississippi was Motlow's third of the week. The Lady Bucks hosted Gadsden State on Dec. 7 and won 76-53, then welcomed the Cumberland University JV into Copperweld Arena on Friday, Dec. 9, beating them 96-60.
Motlow will now have a month before they play again, welcoming Itawamba to the Moore County campus on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Conference play resumes on Friday, Jan. 13, when Walters State comes to town. The Lady Bucks and Lady Senators are tied atop the TCCAA standings with identical 5-0 conference records.
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Motlow jumped all over the Lady Cardinals from the outset, leading 22-10 after one quarter and 42-24 at the half. The Lady Bucks dominated the paint, winning the rebounding battle 39-23 and shooting 52.5 percent from the field.
Sara Vujacic paced Motlow's scoring with 18 points, while Kienya Jones had 12 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sydney Floyd added 10 points, five boards and three steals, while Tamiah Stanford had nine rebounds and seven assists and Tybriann Jones chipped in nine boards. Shalyn Washington came off the bench with six points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
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Playing at noon for perhaps the first time in school history, the Lady Bucks welcomed over 500 area elementary school children to Copperweld Arena on Friday. Motlow did not disappoint, dominating the visitors from start to finish with a 48-28 halftime lead.
Stanford, a quick point guard from Radcliff, Ky., had one of her best games so far with 16 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Jones added 12 points and five boards, Vujacic had 13 points, three rebounds and three assists, Floyd scored 10 with five rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Miranda Boutwell came off the bench to hit three 3-point shots and score 11 points.
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Saturday afternoon the Lady Bucks had their hands full on the home floor of the Lady Indians in Fulton. The lead changed hands consistently throughout the first half, which ended with Motlow leading 30-29. Itawamba built a seven point lead midway through the third quarter before Floyd, who led Motlow in scoring last season, connected on back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to one, 47-46, after three quarters.
In the fourth it was Washington, who has consistently improved in the early season, who proved to be the spark with three consecutive baskets and multiple critical rebounds.
However, it was Kienya Jones who proved to be the difference maker for Motlow overall, scoring 19 points on 8-10 shooting and hauling in 12 rebounds to go along with a pair of blocked shots. Vujacic continues to be extremely consistent for the Lady Bucks, finishing with 15 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Floyd added 10 points and five rebounds, Stanford had six points, 10 assists and three rebounds, Ty Jones had five points and eight rebounds, and Washington finished with six points, six rebounds and two assists.
Motlow State sophomore Kienya Jones, shown against Gadsden State, scored in double figures in all three games over the weekend, including a double-double in Saturday's win over Itawamba, as the No. 24 ranked Lady Bucks extended their winning streak to six. Jones, recently named a co-captain of the team, averages 11.6 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.