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Late steal, basket keep No. 9 Lady Barons
The Brewton-Parker College women's basketball team, which
finished the first semester with an unbeaten record and
a No. 9 NAIA Division I national rating, improved to 14-0
Monday night with a 67-66 win over Claflin University in
The win was the Lady Barons' second by one point against
Claflin this season, the first a 66-65 squeaker at home Nov.
15, and came after Brewton-Parker (14-0) forced the 29th
and the Pantherettes' final turnover in the waning seconds.
With 8.3 seconds remaining, Claflin had a 66-65 lead and
the ball under its own basket when sophomore forward Brandi
Kea of Statesboro applied pressure on the in-bounds pass,
which junior guard-forward Tamika Drinks of Mount Vernon
deflected and stole near the mid-court line.
Drinks passed the ball underneath to senior forward Crystal
McNeil of Pensacola, Fla., who then fed a back-door pass
to junior guard Ashley Little for the go-ahead lay-up with
2.0 seconds left.
"We couldn't have drawn it up any better," said
Lady Barons coach Sheila Simmons, adding that Claflin got
off a half-court shot at the buzzer but missed the mark to
give Brewton-Parker the victory.
The win came despite Brewton-Parker's 30 turnovers and 38.7
percent shooting that included just 1-for-19 (5.3 percent)
from 3-point range.
The Pantherettes were 49.2 percent accurate from the floor,
but combined with their 29 turnovers was 39 percent free-throw
shooting (5-for-13) while the Lady Barons hit 72 percent
from the line (18-for-25).
"We knew it was going to be a tough game, then with
three weeks off it was that much tougher," said Simmons,
whose team also was out-rebounded 42-34.
"We practiced hard
after the break, but you can't simulate game-type situations
in practice. They had played a couple
of games and were more fine-tuned. Defensively we did a great
Junior guard Dannisha Winfrey of Paterson, N.J., led the
Lady Barons with 17 points and had six of the team's 17 steals.
Little followed with 15 points and Kea added 10. Drinks was
the team-leading rebounder with seven rebounds, while junior
guard Trivia Richardson of Dublin had a team-high five assists.
The Lady Barons followed the victory by moving up one spot
to No. 8 in the NAIA I ratings that were released late Tuesday
On the court, Brewton-Parker returns to Southern States
Athletic Conference action Thursday when the Lady Barons
travel to Marietta to play Southern Polytechnic State University
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Brewton-Parker then plays host to Berry College in conference
action Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gillis Gymnasium before the
Lady Barons travel to Franklin Springs on Monday to face
Emmanuel College beginning at 6 p.m.