LYNCHBURG – It has been almost two months since the Motlow Lady Bucks played a basketball game on their home floor, but the long road trip ends this weekend when Motlow welcomes a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rivals to Copperweld Arena.
The Lady Bucks (2-15, 1-9) ended a five-game road stretch, the longest of the season, with a 70-59 loss to Volunteer State in Gallatin last Saturday. After trailing the Lady Pioneers 41-30 at the half, Motlow battled to a 29-29 stalemate on the road in the second half.
Freshman Lauren Brown continued her improved play with a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds. Chelsea Holman scored eight points with four rebounds and two steals; Bree Horner had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals; Chloe Neil and Jadah Fite each scored six points; and Sabrina Jackson added five points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and five blocked shots.
Friday night Cleveland State comes to Lynchburg for the first Motlow home game since Dec. 6, 2014. The Lady Bucks dropped a close 62-55 decision to the Lady Cougars back on Nov. 21, in Cleveland. Tipoff for Friday’s contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The following day the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers visit as part of Motlow’s 2015 homecoming celebration. Festivities begin inside Nisbett Center at 1 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. Back on Nov. 22, the Lady Bucks fought to the end in Chattanooga before falling short 76-67.
Although the Lady Bucks don’t have many marks in the win column, it is apparent from their recent scores that they are continuing to play hard for first-year head coach Dominic Tharpe. In recent years, under previous coaches, that has not always been the case.
Jackson continues to pace the Lady Bucks, averaging 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots per game. Brown and Horner have both been very consistent, with Horner averaging eight points, four rebounds and three assists per game and Brown averaging almost eight points and over four rebounds.