Lady Bucks stay unbeaten in TCCAA with win over Volunteer State

  Janna Lewis (32) battles a pair of Volunteer State players for a rebound during Saturday’s 84-51 win by Motlow at Copperweld Arena. Lewis, a sophomore from Louisville, averages 19.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.  Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Janna Lewis (32) battles a pair of Volunteer State players for a rebound during Saturday’s 84-51 win by Motlow at Copperweld Arena. Lewis, a sophomore from Louisville, averages 19.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

The Motlow Lady Bucks had four players score in double figures and raised their overall record to 6-2 with an 84-51 win over Volunteer State at Copperweld Arena Saturday afternoon.

Motlow (2-0, 6-2) remains tied with defending champion Walters State at the top of the TCCAA standings. The Lady Bucks’ win over Volunteer came on the heels of last Wednesday’s 76-70 win over non-conference opponent Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala. Motlow will play a pair of road conference games this weekend, visiting Cleveland State Friday and Chattanooga State Saturday.

The Lady Bucks dominated the visitors from Gallatin from the outset Saturday, leading 26-14 after one quarter and 39-27 at the half. Motlow’s defense was on target, holding the Lady Pioneers to 36.4 percent shooting, although they did make 6-7 three pointers. Motlow connected on 50.8 percent of its shots from the floor, including 10-22 three pointers, and outrebounded the visitors 47-35.

Janna Lewis led the balanced scoring attack with 17 points and added nine rebounds and three assists. Katie Thomas hit 5-9 three pointers and scored 16 points along with six rebounds, Tanisia Murphy had 15 points with four rebounds and three steals, and Star Bell-Freeman scored 14 with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Dominique Fields added seven points and six rebounds, Kayla Jackson had five points, Azhane Bacot scored four with nine rebounds, Taylor Holcomb had four points, three rebounds and three assists, and Thandiwie Sims added two points and two rebounds.

The Lady Bucks fought from behind on the road to get their win over Wallace State. Motlow trailed 25-20 after one quarter, 45-34 at the half, and 55-51 after three quarters. Free-throw shooting was a key for the Lady Bucks as they connected on 25-30 attempts.

Lewis was critical to the comeback, scoring 28 points with 12 rebounds and four assists. Murphy scored 17 with five rebounds and four steals, Thomas had nine points, Fields scored eight with four assists, Bell-Freeman had 11 rebounds to go with six points, Holcomb scored five points with four steals, and Bacot had three points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Lewis, a sophomore who was the TCCAA Freshman of the Year last season, has had a strong start to the year, averaging a double-double with 19.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Motlow has four other players averaging double-figure scoring, including Murphy at 15.3 points per game, Fields and Bell-Freeman at 10.9 and Thomas at 10.6.