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Lady Bucks let big lead slip away in loss to Lady Chargers

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

LOGO Motlow Lady Bucks NEWLYNCHBURG – The Motlow Lady Bucks let a 15-point second half lead slip away Saturday afternoon as the Columbia State Lady Chargers came into Copperweld Arena and escaped with a 60-59 victory.

The Lady Bucks (3-20, 2-15) will have one more opportunity to get a win in the regular season when they travel to Dyersburg State on Tuesday. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 12 but was postponed due to inclement weather.

After trailing 12-6 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, the Lady Bucks went on a 28-9 run and ended the first half with a 34-21 lead. Motlow’s lead grew to 48-33 with 13:50 remaining in the game before the visitors began their comeback behind Lamarra Gordon, who finished with 20 points, including 18 in the second half.

Poor shooting cost the Lady Bucks, and considering their height advantage over the Lady Chargers, Motlow perhaps relied too much on 3-point shooting. The Lady Bucks shot 34% from the field and attempted 29 three-pointers, hitting only five. Motlow won the rebounding battle 44-27.

Briana McDonald led the Lady Bucks with 21 points and added eight rebounds and three steals. Alexis Smith barely missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. She also added three blocked shots.

Lacy Gaines scored six points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Erin Thomas scored eight points with two assists and Sabrina Jackson scored six points with four rebounds and three blocked shots.

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