MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The 2014-15 basketball season came to a swift end for the Motlow Lady Bucks Tuesday when they dropped a 71-65 decision to Roane State in the opening round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.
The Lady Bucks (7-20) were the No. 9 seed entering the tournament, matching them with the No. 8 seeded Lady Raiders. Roane State had originally finished second in the conference but was forced to forfeit 12 of its wins due to the use of an ineligible player, dropping them to No. 8. One of the forfeited wins came against the Lady Bucks on Feb. 6 in Harriman.
After trailing 12-10 in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday’s contest, the Lady Bucks went on an 11-0 run and took a 21-12 lead with six minutes to play in the half. Roane State ended the half on an 18-6 run and led 30-27 heading into the intermission.
Sophomore Chloe Neil kept Motlow close with two first-half three pointers on her way to six for the game and a team-high 20 points. After the Lady Bucks fell behind 47-39 with 11 minutes left to play, Neil hit back-to-back three pointers to pull Motlow within two, 47-45, with 9:50 remaining.
The Lady Raiders, behind 27 points from Cayla Oglesby, then went on a 16-4 run to lead 63-49 with four minutes to play. Motlow would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Motlow out-rebounded Roane State 49-37 but could not overcome 25 turnovers while forcing only six steals. The Lady Bucks shot 35% from the field and hit 12 of their 14 free-throw attempts. The Lady Raiders had 24 fast-break points and converted Motlow’s turnovers into 30 total points.
Neil was 6-12 behind the three-point line and added three rebounds to her 20 points. Motlow freshman Lauren Brown recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Bree Horner also scored in double figures with 10 points and added six rebounds.
Additional scoring for Motlow came from Ashley Kee and Sabrina Jackson with six points each, Alexis Smith and Chelsea Holman added five points each, and Titanisha Lawless scored two. Kee, Horner and Jackson each had six rebounds, and Jackson led Motlow with five assists