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Lady Barons roll into SSAC title game
Brewton-Parker College’s trio of All-Conference women’s basketball honorees propelled the Lady Barons into Saturday’s Southern States Athletic Conference tournament championship game with a 75-63 semifinal victory Friday night over Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) at Berry College’s Ford Gym in Mount Berry.
With the win, the NAIA Division I No. 16 ranked Lady Barons (25-7) made the SSAC tournament title game for the second straight year, this time looking for victory in Saturday’s 4 p.m. title tilt. They will play the winner of Friday’s other semifinal that matched No. 7 ranked Lee University (Tenn., 25-7) and 20th-ranked tournament host Berry (22-8).
The Lady Barons took command from the outset against No. 25 AUM, fueled by 15 first-half points from All-SSAC senior guard Ashley Little of Lawrenceville in pacing Brewton-Parker a 40-29 halftime lead.
Tamika Drinks-Holloway, a senior guard-forward and three-time All-Conference honoree from Mount Vernon, had 11 first-half points on her way to a game-high 24 points while Little followed with 19. Senior guard and SSAC Player of the Year Dannisha Winfrey of Paterson, N.J., followed with 15 points.
The Lady Barons committed just 10 turnovers while forcing 22, outscoring the Lady Senators 25-7 off turnovers. Senior guard and former West Laurens product Trivia Richardson of Dublin paced Brewton-Parker’s set-up game with five of the Lady Barons’ 14 assists.
AUM (18-11) had four players reach double figures, led by freshman guard-forward Haley McIntyre’s 15 points. The Lady Senators had a 43-29 advantage in rebounding, led by sophomore forward Amber Stoney’s double-double of 10 boards along with 14 points.
Lee already has qualified for the NAIA I National Championships, which begin March 15 in Jackson, Tenn. As at least the SSAC runner-up, Brewton-Parker should have its fourth national tournament bid secured in the past six years.