LYNCHBURG – The Motlow Lady Bucks got their first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) win of the season Friday night, beating Dyersburg State 82-78 in overtime at Copperweld Arena.
The Lady Bucks (2-13, 1-8) hosted Southwest Tennessee on Saturday, dropping a 78-62 decision. Motlow will welcome TCCAA rival Volunteer State to Copperweld Arena on Saturday, Jan. 25, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m.
Motlow started the game Friday night against Dyersburg shooting lights out from the three-point line, connecting on seven in the first half, including four by Chelsea Holman. Andi LaPietra blocked three first-half shots and the Lady Bucks took a 40-34 lead into intermission.
The visiting Lady Eagles began the second half on a 10-4 run to tie the score at 44-44 with 17:22 left to play, and the lead swapped back and forth throughout the second half in addition to being tied multiple times.
Both teams missed opportunities to build a lead late in regulation by missing free throws, and the overtime period began with the score knotted at 68 each. The Lady Eagles hit a free throw to take a one point lead, but Motlow’s Alexis Smith connected on a basket 30 seconds into the overtime and Motlow never trailed again.
The Lady Eagles hit a three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the extra period to cut Motlow’s lead to 80-78, but Erin Thomas was fouled and nailed both free throws with two seconds left to seal the victory.
Smith led the Lady Bucks with 22 points and 10 rebounds along with two blocked shots. Holman finished with 15 points and added eight rebounds, while Thomas scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and had four assists and two steals.
Briana McDonald and Lacy Gaines scored nine points each; with McDonald adding eight rebounds and Gaines three boards and three steals. The Lady Bucks connected on 25-33 free throws, while Dyersburg hit just 20-33.
Saturday against Southwest Tennessee the Lady Bucks led 16-15 with 11:20 left to play in the first half before the visiting Lady Saluqis ended the half with a 25-14 run to take a 40-30 lead at intermission. A 15-10 run by Southwest to open the second half increased their lead to 55-40 and they never trailed again.
Holman led the Lady Bucks with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Smith scored 12 points and added seven rebounds. Thomas led the Lady Bucks with three assists and had a pair of steals. LaPietra had a team-high nine rebounds and three blocks and added a pair of steals.