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Lady Bucks can't overcome hot Wallace State shooting

Nov. 26, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks outscored Wallace State 19-0 during the middle 10 minutes of the first half before the visiting Lady Lions rode the hot shooting of sophomore Morgan Smith to a 79-62 win over Motlow Tuesday night at Copperweld Arena.

After falling behind 17-5 with 14 minutes to play in the first half, the Lady Bucks (1-8, 1-4) went on their spectacular 19-0 run behind aggressive defense and hot shooting from Chloe Neil and Erin Layne. Motlow led 24-17 with 6:45 to play in the half.

But the Lady Lions (5-1) simply put the ball in the hands of their best player, Smith, and she took over the game, scoring 21 points in the first half on her way to a game-high 32. Wallace State led 38-28 at halftime.

The Lady Bucks kept battling, cutting the visitors' lead to single digits multiple times, but Wallace State connected on 12-13 free throws in the second half to seal the win. The Lady Bucks hit 10-12 from the charity stripe themselves after intermission, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit.

Unofficially, Neil led the Lady Bucks with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, and added a pair of rebounds. Sabrina Jackson scored 14 with four rebounds, and Layne joined them in double figures with 13 points. Ashley Kee hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored nine points, while Bree Horner led the Lady Bucks with eight rebounds.

After the holiday weekend the Lady Bucks will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 2, when they travel to Boaz, Ala., to face non-conference opponent Snead State. Motlow will return to Copperweld Arena, and to TCCAA play, when it hosts Roane State on Friday, Dec. 5, and Walters State the following day.

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