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Lady Barons lose first but remain in Top 10
even a 29-point defeat to another NAIA Division I ranked team could keep the
Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons
from falling from the Top 10 of the weekly national rankings
After climbing to No. 7 on Jan. 11, Brewton-Parker won
its 18th straight game before taking an 89-60 loss Saturday
to then-No. 18 North Georgia College and State University
loss dropped Brewton-Parker’s overall record
to 18-1 and forged a tie atop the Southern States Athletic
Conference Standings with North Georgia (12-6 overall)
at 8-1 apiece. The Lady Saints climbed one spot in Tuesday’s
ratings to No. 17.
North Georgia shot 56.7 percent from the field, 42.9 percent
from behind the arc, and was a perfect 18-for-18 from the
free-throw line. Four North Georgia players scored in double
digits, while its defense held BPC to only 28.8 percent
from the field and 20.8 percent from the 3-point line.
The Lady Barons jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening
minutes of the game and had a nine-point lead four minutes
into the game before North Georgia tied the score at
11-all midway through the first half.
lead for the next five minutes and had a five-point lead,
thanks to Winfrey’s 11-point effort
in the first half. She and Drinks finished as team co-leaders
with 15 points apiece.
However, North Georgia got hot after taking a 27-26 lead
off of a big three pointer from senior guard Katie Schleisman
on her way to a 10-point first half and a game-high 29
points. Junior guard Katie Williamson added 11 points in
the first half en route to a 17-point effort.
After building as much as much as an 11-point lead late
in the first half, the Lady Saints had a 39-32 halftime
lead and took command from the outset of the second half
in outscoring the Lady Barons 50-28 in the final 20 minutes
after leading by as many as 34.
Junior guard-forward Tamika Drinks of Mount Vernon added
a team-high nine rebounds to her 15 points and had three
steals to share team honors with junior guard Dannisha
Winfrey of Paterson, N.J., and junior guard Trivia Richardson
of Dublin, who had a team-leading five assists.
The Lady Barons conclude their first rotation through
the conference schedule on Thursday when they entertain
Shorter College (9-7, 3-4 SSAC) beginning at 6 p.m. in
The Lady Barons then step out of conference play on Saturday,
Jan. 22, when they play Allen University (S.C.) for homecoming
beginning at 3 p.m. They then entertain Southern Wesleyan
University (S.C.) (7-10, 2-7 SSAC) on Monday, Jan. 24,
starting at 6 p.m. in Gillis Gymnasium.