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Motlow College Athletic News

Lady Bucks search for consistency in upcoming road swing through Alabama

Dec. 5, 2017

The Motlow Lady Bucks go in search of consistency on the court and a couple of check marks in the win column when they travel to the state of Alabama for their final two basketball games before the holiday break.

The Lady Bucks (1-8, 0-5) showed flashes of brilliance, balanced with stretches of struggle, in dropping a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contests over the weekend. Motlow lost to Cleveland State 73-67 Friday night, then fell 52-42 to Chattanooga State on Saturday. Both games were played on Motlow's home court inside Nisbett Center.

Up next for the Lady Bucks is a trip to Hanceville, where they will take on Wallace State Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. The final game before the break is Monday, Dec. 11, when both Motlow squads will head to Boaz to do battle with Snead State, with the women's tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Following Monday's game the Lady Bucks will not play again until they travel to Washington D.C., to face ASA College at 7 p.m. Dec. 29.

Friday night the Lady Bucks started quick out of the gate, jumping out to a 7-0 lead before the visitors responded with a 22-4 run to end the first quarter.

After trailing the Lady Cougars 22-11 at the end of one quarter, 43-26 at halftime and 59-43 after three quarters, the Lady Bucks began to claw their way back into contention behind Joy Porter and Janna Lewis. Motlow cut the Cleveland lead to four, 68-64, in the final minutes before the visitors iced the win at the free throw line.

Both Lewis and Porter had double-doubles for the Lady Bucks. Lewis scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds along with three assists and two steals. Porter scored 16 with 14 boards and blocked three shots. Mattie King chipped in eight points with three assists, Tajah Clark has six points and five assists, and Miranda Boutwell and Jasmine Williams scored six points each.

Saturday both Motlow and Chattanooga State showed the fatigue of playing the night before. The Lady Tigers led 19-8 after one quarter, but the Lady Bucks fought their way back and trailed by only four, 25-21 at intermission. Chattanooga State never allowed Motlow to get any closer though, extending their lead to 42-34 after three quarters.

Lynshawn Ebron led the Lady Bucks with 11 points and added three steals and a pair of assists. Clark added 10 points with four steals and two assists, Lewis scored seven and added nine rebounds, Brianna Jones scored six and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds, and Williams had six points and five boards.

Mirdan Boutwell
Motlow State sophomore Miranda Boutwell drives toward the basket during Friday night's contest against Cleveland State at Copperweld Arena. Boutwell hit two 3-pointers and dished out two assists, and the Lady Bucks staged a comeback from 20 points down before falling short 73-67. Motlow will travel to Wallace State-Hanceville for a non-conference contest Wednesday night. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.