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Motlow College Athletic News

Janna Lewis named Freshman of the Year, Lady Bucks fall in TCCAA/Region VII Tournament

March 5, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks put up a good fight in the quarterfinals of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament before falling to No. 1 seed and defending champion Walters State 54-45 Sunday afternoon in Chattanooga.

The Lady Bucks (8-20) ended their first year under Head Coach LaTanya Collins after opening the tournament with a 56-49 win over Volunteer State on Friday. Motlow closed the season by going 4-4 in its final eight games, with two of the losses coming against Walters State by a total of 15 points.

Motlow freshman Janna Lewis, from Butler High School in Louisville, was named the TCCAA/Region VII Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the first team all-conference squad. Sophomore Tajah Clark, who transferred to Motlow from Fayetteville State University, was named second team all-conference.

The Lady Bucks played catch-up the entire game against the Lady Senators Sunday, trailing 14-10 after one quarter, 29-22 at the half, and 41-34 at the end of three quarters. Walters State won the rebounding battle 45-36 and each team had 17 turnovers.

Neither team shot the ball very well, with the Lady Senators hitting 37 percent from the field and 5-16 three pointers, while Motlow shot only 27 percent from the floor and hit 4-19 three pointers. The Lady Bucks made 9-12 free throws, while Walters State only connected on 11-21.

Clark led the Lady Bucks in scoring with 10 points along with four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Joy Porter, Lewis and Jewel Ledbetter each scored nine points, with Lewis and Ledbetter gathering six rebounds each and Porter four. Lynshawn Ebron had six points and Jasmine Williams added a bucket and six rebounds.

In Friday's tournament opener, the Lady Bucks controlled the pace of the game from the outset, leading Volunteer State 16-11 after one quarter, 29-18 at the half, and 42-36 at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Bucks shot 39 percent from the floor and made 3-11 three pointers, while holding the Lady Pioneers to 29 percent shooting and only 3-21 from three-point range.

Lewis had a double-double, scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Clark scored 12 with six rebounds and three steals, and Ebron, Briana Jones and Ledbetter each added six points.

Lewis, one of only three freshmen on the roster, completed one of the best seasons in recent Lady Bucks' history, averaging 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Her scoring average is the tenth highest in Motlow women's basketball history, and her rebounding average ranks seventh for a single season.

Clark averaged 9.7 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game; Jasmine Williams averaged 6.6 points and six rebounds, Jones scored 6.5 points per game and 4.6 rebounds, Ledbetter scored 6.4 per game and averaged 4.1 rebounds, Porter averaged 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, Ebron scored 5.3 per game and averaged 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and two steals, and Miranda Boutwell scored 5.7 per game and led the team by hitting 34 three pointers.

Janna Lewis
Motlow's Janna Lewis was named Freshman of the Year by the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association recently at the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Chattanooga. Lewis, who came to Motlow from Butler High School in Louisville, averaged 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Lady Bucks this season, both among the top ten averages for a single season in Lady Bucks history.