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Motlow College Athletic News

Strong second half propels Lady Bucks past Columbia State

Feb. 26, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks won their third consecutive game by outscoring Columbia State 57-29 in the second half on their way to an 88-66 win over the Lady Chargers Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena in the final home game of the 2017-18 season.

Motlow (7-17, 4-12) has now won three in a row and four of its previous six contests. The win over the Lady Chargers came two days after a 77-57 thumping of Jackson State. Motlow is scheduled to conclude the regular season by playing at Roane State Monday and Walters State Tuesday in a pair of games that were postponed in mid-January due to poor road conditions.

The Lady Bucks are currently the ninth seed in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, scheduled to begin Friday at Chattanooga State. With all teams having postponed games to make up this week though, the Lady Bucks could finish as high as seventh. Either way, Motlow will play a play-in game on Friday in Chattanooga.

Janna Lewis continued to lead the Lady Bucks, as she has all season, in both home wins last week. Lewis, a strong contender for conference freshman of the year, scored 26 points with 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals against Jackson and 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win over Columbia. Lewis averages 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game; both among the top five in the conference.

Lewis hit the first shot of the game against Columbia to give the Lady Bucks a lead they would never surrender. The first half was close, ending with Motlow on top 41-37. Lynshawn Ebron hit a three pointer in the first minute of the second half and Motlow never looked back. Over the next 10 minutes the Lady Bucks exploded on a 30-15 run and led 63-49 after three quarters.

Ebron had one of her best games of the season, hitting 3-4 three pointers and scoring 15 points with three assists. Briana Jones scored 19 with six rebounds and three blocked shots, and Tajah Clark had 10 points with five rebounds. Jewel Ledbetter scored eight with six rebounds and three assists, and Jasmine Williams had five points and five rebounds.

Motlow shot 49 percent from the field and hit 8-15 three pointers. The Lady Bucks won the rebounding battle 36-28 and forced the Lady Chargers into 16 turnovers.

It was a strong second quarter that propelled Motlow to its 20-point win over visiting Jackson State Wednesday. After leading 16-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Bucks outscored the Lady Generals 27-10 in the second, keyed by Lewis' drives to the basket and Jasmine Williams' strong work inside.

Motlow had 18 assists on 28 made baskets and shot 44 percent from the field, despite hitting only 3-13 three pointers. The Lady Bucks had one of their best performances at the free throw line, hitting 18 of 20 attempts.

Williams scored 16 with six rebounds, Ledbetter had nine points, while Jones and Miranda Boutwell each scored eight. Joy Porter chipped in six points and Ebron had four points and five assists.

Lynnshawn Ebron
Lynshawn 'Speedy' Ebron scored 15 points and added three assists to help lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to an 88-66 win over Columbia State Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena. The win was Motlow's third straight and fourth in their previous six games. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.