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Lady Bucks host Martin Methodist College JV in home opener Wednesday

Nov. 13, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks will seek their first win of the young basketball season Wednesday night when they host the Martin Methodist College JV squad at 5:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena inside Nisbett Center on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Lady Bucks (0-2, 0-2) dropped a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference contests over the weekend. Motlow fell to Jackson State 54-46 in Jackson Friday night, then traveled to Columbia on Saturday and came up short against the Columbia State Lady Chargers 85-73.

Playing their season-opening contest Friday in Jackson, the Lady Bucks struggled shooting the ball early, but their scrappy defense kept them close. Jackson maintained a small lead for much of the game, with Motlow closing the gap to one point multiple times before the Lady Generals would surge back ahead. The second quarter was the best for Motlow, outscoring Jackson 14-8 to close the gap to 21-19 at halftime. The home team led by three, 33-30, after three quarters before outscoring Motlow 21-16 in the fourth.

Freshman Janna Lewis led the Lady Bucks with 14 points and secured a double-double in her first college contest with 11 rebounds. Tajah Clark scored 11 and added five rebounds and two steals, Jasmine Williams and Brianna Jones each scored six points, Lynshawn Ebron had five points with two assists, and Miranda Boutwell scored four.

Saturday in Columbia the Lady Bucks shot the ball better and won the rebounding battle, but the Lady Chargers' superior depth and 40 percent three-point shooting proved to be the difference. The home team jumped out to a 21-14 lead after one quarter, then outscored Motlow 30-14 in the second quarter to lead 51-28 at the half. The Lady Bucks played much better after the intermission, outscoring Columbia 45-34 in the second half.

Lewis once again led Motlow in scoring with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Clark had 19 points and dished out six assists with seven steals. Joy Porter and Jones each scored nine points and hauled in eight rebounds apiece, while Williams led the way with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

The Lady Bucks shot 32.9 percent from the field, while Columbia State shot 45.7 percent. Motlow hit 6-28 three pointers and 15-23 from the free throw line.

Tajah Clark
Motlow State sophomore Tajah Clark connects on a free throw during the Lady Bucks' TCCAA contest against Columbia State in Columbia Saturday. Motlow will host its first home game of the season Wednesday, with the Martin Methodist College JV team visiting Copperweld Arena for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.