Lady Bucks stay unbeaten in TCCAA with win over Volunteer State

Dec. 4, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks had four players score in double figures and raised their overall record to 6-2 with an 84-51 win over Volunteer State at Copperweld Arena Saturday afternoon.

Motlow (2-0, 6-2) remains tied with defending champion Walters State at the top of the TCCAA standings. The Lady Bucks' win over Volunteer came on the heels of last Wednesday's 76-70 win over non-conference opponent Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala. Motlow will play a pair of road conference games this weekend, visiting Cleveland State Friday and Chattanooga State Saturday.

The Lady Bucks dominated the visitors from Gallatin from the outset Saturday, leading 26-14 after one quarter and 39-27 at the half. Motlow's defense was on target, holding the Lady Pioneers to 36.4 percent shooting, although they did make 6-7 three pointers. Motlow connected on 50.8 percent of its shots from the floor, including 10-22 three pointers, and outrebounded the visitors 47-35.

Janna Lewis led the balanced scoring attack with 17 points and added nine rebounds and three assists. Katie Thomas hit 5-9 three pointers and scored 16 points along with six rebounds, Tanisia Murphy had 15 points with four rebounds and three steals, and Star Bell-Freeman scored 14 with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Dominique Fields added seven points and six rebounds, Kayla Jackson had five points, Azhane Bacot scored four with nine rebounds, Taylor Holcomb had four points, three rebounds and three assists, and Thandiwie Sims added two points and two rebounds.

The Lady Bucks fought from behind on the road to get their win over Wallace State. Motlow trailed 25-20 after one quarter, 45-34 at the half, and 55-51 after three quarters. Free-throw shooting was a key for the Lady Bucks as they connected on 25-30 attempts.

Lewis was critical to the comeback, scoring 28 points with 12 rebounds and four assists. Murphy scored 17 with five rebounds and four steals, Thomas had nine points, Fields scored eight with four assists, Bell-Freeman had 11 rebounds to go with six points, Holcomb scored five points with four steals, and Bacot had three points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Lewis, a sophomore who was the TCCAA Freshman of the Year last season, has had a strong start to the year, averaging a double-double with 19.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Motlow has four other players averaging double-figure scoring, including Murphy at 15.3 points per game, Fields and Bell-Freeman at 10.9 and Thomas at 10.6.

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Janna Lewis (32) battles a pair of Volunteer State players for a rebound during Saturday's 84-51 win by Motlow at Copperweld Arena. Lewis, a sophomore from Louisville, averages 19.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks beat Jackson State to raise record to 4-1

Nov. 20, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks outscored visiting TCCAA opponent Jackson State 27-8 in the second quarter to take a 48-30 lead into intermission on their way to an 82-68 win over the Green Jays Friday night at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (1-0, 4-1) have now won three consecutive contests heading into a break for the holidays. Motlow will travel to Birmingham to face Lawson State on Monday, Nov. 26, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The next home contest is Dec. 1, when TCCAA rival Volunteer State visits for a 4 p.m. tip.

Trailing 22-21 after one quarter, the Lady Bucks overwhelmed the visitors in the second stanza and kept the pressure on in the second half. Motlow shot only 41.8 percent from the field, but connected on 9-21 three pointers and hit 17-23 free throws.

Janna Lewis continued to play at a high level, leading five double-figure scorers with 18 points along with 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Dominique Fields scored 16 and added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Tanisia Murphy scored 13 points with six assists, Katie Thomas connected on 4-6 three pointers and had 12 points, Star Bell-Freeman scored 11 points with five rebounds, and Taylor Holcomb had seven points, three steals and two rebounds. Azhane Bacot scored five points but filled out the rest of the stat sheet with 10 rebounds, seven assists, six steals and two blocked shots.

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Motlow freshman Dominique Fields drives around a defender on her way to the basket during the Lady Bucks' 82-68 win over Jackson State Friday night at Copperweld Arena. Fields, from Ft. Lauderdale, scored 16 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals as Motlow raised its record to 4-1 on the season. Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks ready to open TCCAA play Friday night

Nov. 13, 2018

The Motlow State Community College Lady Bucks will play their first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contest of the year Friday night when Jackson State visits Copperweld Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. The contest will follow the men's game between the schools, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

Motlow (2-1) hosted and beat Central Georgia Tech 79-63 last Thursday, and is scheduled to host the Martin Methodist College JV team Tuesday, Nov. 13. Following Friday's home game against Jackson State, the Lady Bucks will be on the road for the next three games and will not return to Copperweld Arena until Dec. 1.

Sophomore Janna Lewis recorded her second double-double of the young season against visiting Central Georgia Tech, scoring 26 points and adding 10 rebounds. Katie Thomas, a freshman from Lynchburg, connected on 5-10 three-point shots and scored 17 points along with three steals, two assists and two rebounds.

Starasia Bell-Freeman added 11 points and five rebounds, Tanisia Murphy scored nine points, while Dominique Fields and Azhane Bacot had five points each and Taylor Holcomb added four points.

Motlow jumped out to a fast start, leading 25-18 at the end of the first quarter and 44-32 at halftime. The Lady Bucks connected on 46.2 percent of their shots from the field, including hitting 7-22 three pointers and 24-35 free throws.

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Freshman Katie Thomas (15) and sophomore Janna Lewis (32) combined for 43 points to lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to a 79-63 win over Central Georgia Tech last week at Copperweld Arena. The Lady Bucks will host Jackson State Friday at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Reed Photography.

Women's Basketball 2018-19 Season News


Lewis double-double leads Motlow to season opening win over East Georgia State

Nov. 6, 2018

Sophomore Janna Lewis scored 17 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to lead the Motlow Lady Bucks women's basketball team to a 68-49 win over East Georgia State to open the 2018-19 season Thursday afternoon in Marianna, Florida.

Motlow (1-1) followed the win with a 100-76 loss to the host school, Chipola, ranked seventh in the nation in the NJCAA preseason poll, Saturday in Florida. The Lady Bucks will play their first home game Thursday, with Central Georgia Tech visiting Copperweld Arena for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

A fast start propelled Motlow to its win over East Georgia after jumping out to a 17-3 lead after the first quarter. The two teams played evenly in the second and third quarter, with Motlow winning the final stanza 14-11. The Lady Bucks shot 40 percent from the field and 68.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Lewis, the lone returning starter for the Lady Bucks, added three assists, two steals and a blocked shot to her full stat sheet. Joining her with 17 points each were freshmen Tanisia Murphy and Dominique Fields, with each of them also adding three steals. Starasia Bell-Freeman scored seven points and hauled in nine rebounds, while Azhane Bacot scored three points with six boards.

The shooting was better against Chipola, with Motlow connecting on 52.2 percent of its shots from the field. Murphy was the leading scorer with 19 points, while Fields scored 16, Bell-Freeman 11, Lewis 10 and Bacot eight. Lewis led the rebounding effort with six and Bacot had two assists and two steals.

LaTanya Collins
LaTanya Collins opened her second season as head coach of the Motlow Lady Bucks with a 68-49 win over East Georgia State College last week in Marianna, Fla. Motlow will host South Georgia Tech at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Jeff Reed Photography.

Janna Lewis leads young Lady Bucks into 2018-19 basketball season

Oct. 24, 2018

Coming off one of the best individual seasons in the 45-year history of women's basketball at Motlow State Community College, sophomore Janna Lewis will be counted on to lead a freshman-dominated squad when the Lady Bucks open the 2018-19 season next week.

Motlow will open the season in Marianna, Fla., where it will face East Georgia on Nov. 1, and the host team, Chipola, Nov. 3. The Lady Bucks will play their first home game Thursday, Nov. 8, welcoming Central Georgia Tech to Copperweld Arena for a 5:30 p.m. tip off.

Lewis was spectacular last season on her way to being named Freshman of the Year in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA). As a team, the Lady Bucks finished the season, their first under Head Coach LaTanya Collins, with an 8-20 overall record and a 4-14 conference mark. Motlow won four its final seven games, including a win in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, before being eliminated by eventual champion Walters State.

After playing her prep basketball at Butler High School in Louisville, Lewis arrived at Motlow and made her mark as one of the top players in the TCCAA. She averaged 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Her scoring average is 10th all-time at Motlow for a single season, while her rebounds per game is seventh all-time.

Racquel Robinson, from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, joined the squad at the holiday break last year and returns for her sophomore season.

"With such a young roster around her, Janna is going to have to lead this team both on and off the court," said Collins. "She has worked extremely hard in the off-season, including playing in the NJCAA All-Star game. If our younger players can learn to play with the intensity and passion that Janna plays with then we should be very competitive this year. Racquel has gotten better as well, and both of them will be counted on to help these younger players learn the Motlow way."

Collins has added a nice blend of in-state and out-of-state freshmen to build around Lewis and Robinson. The Lady Bucks will have four players 6'0 or taller, and will feature more height overall than last year's squad.

"We are a lot more athletic than last year's team, and obviously we have more overall team height and team speed," added Collins. "It might take a few games to determine strengths and weaknesses, and to learn which combinations work best together, but that's why we scheduled challenging preseason games. By the time we get into conference play I expect this team to be highly competitive."

Two local student-athletes headline the list of incoming freshmen. Both Taylor Holcomb and Kaitlyn Thomas made the short journey from Moore County High School to Motlow, after helping lead the Raiderettes to a berth in the TSSAA state tournament last season.

Also suiting up in the green and gold this season are in-state additions Shayla McAdoo from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro and Thandiwie Sims from Lead Academy in Nashville. McAdoo is a 5'8 guard and Sims is a 6'1 post player.

Joining them are redshirt-freshman Aquria McIntyre from Durham, N.C., Kayla Jackson from Baltimore, Tanisia Murphy from Elizabethtown, Ky., Dominique Fields from Ft. Lauderdale, Azhane Bacot from Richmond, Va., and Starasia Bell-Freeman from New Bern, N.C. McIntyre, Bacot and Bell-Freeman all check in at 6'0 or taller.

"This is a strong recruiting class that I am very excited about," added Collins. "They have shown themselves to be very coachable and have done everything that has been asked of them in the preseason. We are all excited to get the regular season underway."

Following their Nov. 8 home opener, the Lady Bucks will host the Martin Methodist College JV team on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. TCCAA conference play will open Nov. 16, with Jackson State visiting Copperweld Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

2018-19 Women's Basketball Team
The Motlow State Community College Lady Bucks will open the 2018-19 basketball regular season when they face East Georgia Nov. 1 in Marianna, Fla. Seated from left: Promyse Bryson, Taylor Holcomb, Kayla Jackson, Dominique Fields, Tanisia Murphy, Kaitlyn Thomas and Shayla McAdoo. Standing from left: Shenika Dow, assistant coach; Janna Lewis, Racquel Robinson, Starasia Bell-Freeman, Aquria McIntyre, Thandiwie Sims, Azhane Bacot, and LaTanya Collins, head coach. Motlow staff photo.

Motlow women's basketball will open second season under Collins in Florida

Oct. 1, 2018

The Motlow State Community College women's basketball program will begin its 45th season of competition when it opens the 2018-19 season with a trip to Marianna, Florida, to play a pair of contests at Chipola Junior College Nov. 2 & 3. Motlow will face East Georgia to open the season Friday, then play the host team Saturday.

2018-19 Schedule

Area fans will have their first opportunity to see the Lady Bucks when they host Central Georgia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Lady Bucks compiled an 8-20 overall record in 2017-18 under first-year Head Coach LaTanya Collins, who begins her second season with only two returning players. However, one of the returnees is Janna Lewis, last year's Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Freshman-of-the-Year.

"We are excited to start the new season," said Collins. "Our schedule is very competitive and I look forward to seeing how our freshmen rise to the challenge and how quickly this team gels together."

This year's schedule features 13 home games and 17 road games. Included are home-and-home series against the eight other teams in the TCCAA who participate in women's basketball. Columbia State, the tenth member of the TCCAA, announced recently that it was suspending its women's basketball program for the coming season.

Several extensive road trips are on the Motlow women's schedule, including traveling to Washington D.C. on Dec. 28 & 29 to play in the Title IX Tournament, which will feature defending NJCAA Division I champion Tallahassee and defending Division III champion Hostos. The Lady Bucks are scheduled to play at Daytona State in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Jan. 21, and at Central Georgia Tech in Macon on Jan. 7.

"Hopefully, participating in competitive tournaments throughout the season will help prepare us for the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, and beyond, at the end of the year," added Collins.

In addition to home-and-home series with its conference rivals, Motlow will play home-and-series this season against three schools from Alabama - Lawson State from Birmingham, Gadsden State from Gadsden, and Wallace State-Hanceville.

Conference play opens Nov 16 with a visit from Jackson State at 5:30 p.m. and ends with a return trip to Jackson Feb. 20. The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will be held at Cleveland State beginning Mar. 1, 2019.

Most games on the women's schedule are part of a doubleheader with men's contests, including all conference games and all games against the three Alabama schools. The only single game the Lady Bucks have at home is the opener against Central Georgia Tech.

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Motlow rising sophomore Janna Lewis selected for NJCAA All-Star weekend

June 20, 2018

Motlow State Community College basketball star Janna Lewis has been selected as one of only 40 student-athletes in the nation to participate in the 10th Annual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star weekend, beginning July 26 in Atlanta.

Lewis, a rising sophomore from Butler High School in Louisville, was named the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Freshman of the Year following her outstanding 2017-18 season at Motlow, where she averaged 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for the Lady Bucks. She was also named first team all-conference.

Lewis is the first Motlow women's player selected for the all-star event. Motlow men's star Jaylen Barford was selected for the men's all-star event three years ago in Las Vegas and was named the Most Outstanding Player following the event.

Practices and meetings in Atlanta will be held July 26 and 27, with games taking place on July 28 and 29. Entering her sophomore season at Motlow, Lewis is expected to be the centerpiece of Head Coach LaTanya Collins' second Motlow team, which will open practice Oct. 1.

Janna Lewis
Motlow women's basketball star Janna Lewis, a rising sophomore from Louisville, Ky., has been selected to participate in the 10th annual NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star weekend in Atlanta in late July. Lewis, the first Lady Buck ever chosen for the event, averaged 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds during her freshman season at Motlow. Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow women's basketball signs Florida pair to National Letters of Intent

May 29, 2018

Jade Alexander and Dominique Fields
The Motlow State women's basketball program recently signed two student-athletes from Florida. Jade Alexander, left, and Dominique Fields both played at Hallandale High School in Hallandale Beach, where Jade averaged 16 points per game and Dominique averaged 17. Both Jade and Dominique were named second team All-Broward County and both won a state championship as freshmen at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. Photo provided.

Starasia Bell-Freeman signs Letter of Intent to join Motlow women's basketball program

May 24, 2018

Starasia Bell-Freeman Signing
Starasia Bell-Freeman recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete as a member of the Motlow State Community College women's basketball program. Starasia, pictured with Motlow Head Coach LaTanya Collins, is from New Bern, N.C. As a three-year letterman and two time all-conference selection, she is one of only three players in New Bern High School history to score over 1,000 points, finishing with 1,251. During her career she averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks per game while shooting 70 percent from the free-throw line. Photo provided.

Motlow women's basketball signs Kayla Jackson to National Letter of Intent

April 25, 2018

Kayla Jackson Signing
Motlow State women's basketball recently signed Kayla Jackson, from Baltimore, to a National Letter of Intent. Jackson played her senior season of high school at Pikeville High School in Baltimore after moving from New Jersey. She led the Panthers to a 22-3 record and the 1A North Region championship, the first in school history. She was voted the team's Defensive Player of the Year and named all-county, averaging 10 points, four assists and two steals per game. Joining Kayla are, seated, mom Latrice Jackson and dad Kintay Jackson. Standing is LaTanya Collins, Motlow women's basketball head coach. Motlow College Photo.

Motlow women's basketball signs Tanisia Murphy to National Letter of Intent

April 13, 2018

Tanisia Murphy Signing
Motlow State Community College is proud to announce that Tanisia Murphy will continue her career as a student-athlete in Motlow's women's basketball program. Murphy, from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, averaged 10 points per game last year and helped lead her team to a state tournament appearance. Joining her for the celebration are, from left, David Underwood; Mikaela Murphy-Underwood, sister; Alandre Murphy, father; Tanisia; and LaTanya Collins, Motlow head coach. Motlow College Photo.

Moore County hoops standout Taylor Holcomb signs National Letter of Intent with Motlow State

March 28, 2018

Men's Basketball
Taylor Holcomb, a standout basketball player at Moore County High School, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her student-athlete career at Motlow State Community College. Joining Taylor, seated in the middle, is her father Korby, left, and her mother Angie. Standing is LaTanya Collins, Motlow head coach, left, and Amy Josephson, Moore County head coach. Photo provided.

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.

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