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Flowers' 39 points sparks Volunteer St. past Lady Bucks

Nov. 15, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks were tied with visiting Volunteer State with seven minutes remaining in their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contest Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena.

Lauren Brown
Freshman Lauren Brown had a break-out game with 22 points for the Lady Bucks. Photo by Jeff Reed.
However, the Lady Bucks could do nothing to slow down Volunteer's Ta'Keyha Flowers, who exploded for 39 points in leading her Lady Pioneers to an 85-76 win.

The Lady Bucks (1-4, 1-2) will step back out of conference play when they welcome Gadsden State on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. for a rare home date that does not feature a men's game after the women's contest. Admission to all Motlow College athletic events is free.

Both Motlow teams will embark on their first road trip of the season this weekend when they play at conference rivals Cleveland State on Friday and Chattanooga State on Saturday. The next home games are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 25, when powerful Wallace State visits Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks played well early against Volunteer State, taking a 20-13 lead with 13:40 remaining in the first half, thanks to a hot shooting start from behind the 3-point line. Lauren Brown, who led Motlow with 22 points, and Chloe Neil who scored 19 for the Lady Bucks, keyed the hot start by connected on multiple 3-point buckets.

With the score tied 29-29 with 4:30 remaining in the first half, the visiting Lady Pioneers went on a 10-0 run to close the half with a 39-29 lead.

Motlow jumped right back into contention as the second half opened, keyed by Brown's 16 second half points and strong inside play from Sabrina Jackson, who finished with 13 points. The Lady Bucks caught Volunteer State 48-48 with 12:15 left to play and again at 59-59 with 6:30 showing on the clock, but down the stretch the visitors just had too much Ta'Keyha Flowers.

Brown added four rebounds and two assists to her 22 points. Neil hit five 3-point shots, including four in the first half, and added five rebounds, three assists and a steal to her 19 points. Jackson pulled down five rebounds and had two steals to go along with 13 points. Erin Layne scored eight points for Motlow with Jadah Fite and Bree Horner each adding seven. Horner led the Lady Bucks with four assists.

A bright spot for the Lady Bucks was their free throw shooting, as Motlow connected on 13-15 shots from the charity stripe. The visitors, led by Flowers' 9-10 performance, made 21-26 free throws.

Flowers scored 27 of her points in the second half and led her team with seven rebounds, despite being one of the smallest players on the court. Volunteer State's post player, Shenequa Foster, was also very impressive with 21 points. The two teams will play again on Jan. 24 in Gallatin.

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