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Motlow Lady Bucks let TCCAA Tournament win slip away

Mar. 5, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks let a double-digit lead over Columbia State slip away in the second half and the Lady Chargers ended the Lady Bucks' season with an 82-80 victory Tuesday in the opening round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Harriman, Tenn.

The Lady Bucks (3-22) led by 12 points with seven minutes remaining in the game and by five points with 16.5 seconds to play. Motlow led 80-78 with 3.5 seconds remaining when a technical foul was called on Motlow's bench, sending the Lady Chargers to the free throw line where they made both attempts.

After Motlow fouled on the inbounds pass with 2.5 seconds left, the Lady Chargers again sank both free throw attempts to seal the victory and end the Motlow season. It was the second time in 10 days that the Lady Chargers overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to beat the Lady Bucks.

Briana McDonald finished her lone season as a Lady Buck by tying her career high with 33 points. She also added 13 rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. McDonald scored seven straight points in the final three minutes to keep the Lady Bucks in position to get the win.

Motlow jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes against the smaller Lady Chargers, who only suited up six players. Columbia State fought back after being down early and the teams swapped the lead throughout the first half, which ended with the Lady Chargers on top 37-34.

McDonald took over in the second half, with help from Chelsea Holman and Sabrina Jackson, as the Lady Bucks steadily built their lead to 59-47 with just over seven minutes remaining. Columbia State fought back behind Lamarra Gordon, who scored 28 points, and Anika Nottingham who added 25.

The Lady Bucks held a slight 50-49 edge in rebounding, but committed 23 turnovers while forcing the Lady Chargers into only 13. Motlow shot 36% from the field and hit only 12-19 free throws, while Columbia State connected on 27-36 attempts from the foul line.

Holman finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals for Motlow, while Jackson had 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Chloe Neil hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

Columbia State (7-18) advances to the quarterfinals of the tournament, which is being held at Roane State Community College, and will play the top seeded and undefeated Walters State Lady Senators on Thursday.

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