LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Motlow Lady Bucks finished the 2015-16 basketball regular season with four consecutive victories after beating visiting Volunteer State 68-61 Monday evening at Copperweld Arena. The win came on the heels of Saturday’s come-from-behind 76-62 thriller over Jackson State.
The Lady Bucks (11-16, 7-11) will not participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins next week on Volunteer State’s campus in Gallatin.
In addition to the strong finish to the season under Interim Head Coach Arthur Latham, the Lady Bucks also had three freshmen players chosen for Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) honors. Ajaycia Cotton and Aja Robertson were named second team all-conference, while Sydney Floyd was chosen to represent Motlow on the first team.
The three were instrumental in Motlow’s late-season success, including the final two home wins that closed out the year. Against Jackson State they combined for 37 points, then combined to score 44 in the win over Volunteer.
The Lady Bucks trailed 12-2 after four minutes Saturday against Jackson before going on a 22-3 run to take a 34-26 halftime lead, then stretching that lead to 55-43 after three quarters. Despite missing 10 free throws, Motlow hit 8-17 three pointers and controlled the boards with 49 rebounds.
Floyd had her usual consistent game with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals. Cotton led Motlow’s scoring with 14 and added six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Robertson chipped in 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals. The Lady Bucks also got nine points and six rebounds, plus four blocked shots, from Makayla Liles.
Monday night against Volunteer State the Lady Bucks led by a slim margin for most of the contest, including a 35-29 halftime advantage. Cotton led all scorers with 19 points and added four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Floyd posted a double-double to end the year with 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Taylor Hayes scored 11 points with six rebounds and three assists, and Robertson added nine points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.