Lady Barons win Clayton State tourney
After the Brewton-Parker College women's basketball team
finished as the runner-up at Clayton College and State
University's Wachovia Tip-Off Tournament the past three
years, the Lady Barons left Morrow on Saturday night as
the tournament champions.
|#3 Ashley Little,
junior guard for the Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons
basketball team from Lawrenceville, was named Most Valuable
Player of Clayton College and State University's Wachovia
Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 19-20 in Morrow after she
scored 39 points in the Lady Barons' two victories.
Behind a second straight big scoring outing from junior
guard Ashley Little, the Lady Barons snapped their three-year
championship game drought against Clayton State by downing
the host Lakers 72-69.
"I feel like we are really coming together as a team," said
Brewton-Parker coach Sheila Simmons, whose squad improved
to 6-0 following the two tournament victories over NCAA Division
II schools. "Ashley found her shot in the championship
Little did not start the finale because of her game-time
arrival from a function in her hometown of Lawrenceville
at which her grandmother was honored.
Little found her game in the second half, scoring 17 of
her team-high 19 points after intermission with 6-for-13
shooting that included three 3-point baskets.
Little combined those statistics with her 20-point, six-assist
effort from the Lady Barons' 97-77 first-round victory Friday
over the University of Alabama-Huntsville to garner Most
Valuable Player honors.
Clayton State led Saturday's final by two points with 4:40
remaining only to have the Lady Barons go on a 10-2 run and
take a 71-65 lead over a two-minute stretch. Little hit a
lay-up to give Brewton-Parker the six-point lead with 2:56
The Lakers answered with two free throws by senior April
Taylor and a basket by Jasmine Patterson to cut the deficit
to two points, 71-69, with 41 seconds remaining.
Brewton Parker junior guard-forward Tamika Drinks of Mount
Vernon converted a steal -- her eighth of the night -- and
hit 1 of 2 from the line to give the Barons a three-point
lead, setting up Clayton State's final shot in the closing
However, Basia Bukowska's 3-point attempt rolled off the
back rim, securing the Lady Barons' clinching of a 4-foot-tall
"They got a good look at a 3, but Trivia (Richardson,
junior guard from Dublin) got the rebound," Simmons
Clayton State got a monstrous effort from All-Tournament
player Taylor, who scored 28 points and pulled 11 rebounds.
Taylor hit 11-of-16 shots from the field and had four steals.
Senior Jamika Hindsman, who was also named to the All-Tournament
team, finished with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists
and four steals.
Clayton State led 33-28 at halftime and by as many as 12
points in the first half. CCSU took a 12-point lead 32-20
on a rebound and basket by Taylor with 3:33 remaining.
Brewton-Parker closed the half strong, outscoring Clayton
State 8-1 in the final three minutes.
Drinks followed Little's 20-point effort with 15 points
and a team-high nine rebounds to complement her eight steals.
"Tamika played just great, just missing a double-double," Simmons
" She is playing so consistently."
Richardson followed with 12 points with four rebounds, and
senior forward Crystal McNeil of Pensacola, Fla., had a team-high
Both teams had trouble handling
the ball, as the Lakers committed 30 turnovers compared to
22 for the Lady Barons.
Clayton State out rebounded Brewton-Parker 44-36.
Clayton State shot 46 percent (26-of-57) from the floor
but hit only 2-of-14 from 3-point land, while Brewton Parker
connected on 41 percent (26-of-63) from the field and hit
5-of-23 from behind the 3-point arc.
In Friday's win over Huntsville, the Lady Barons turned in
a solid 46-percent shooting night that included 41.2 percent
(14-for-34) from 3-point range. They also were 75 percent
accurate on free throws, including 9 of 10 in the second
"Our big concern going in was with our shooting," Simmons
said. "We shot lights out, one of our best nights of
the year, but our defensive pressure carried us again."
Brewton-Parker forced 26 turnovers, with Drinks making four
of the Lady Barons' 14 steals.
"They were big, with four post players over 6 feet," Simmons
said. "We just tried to keep our up-tempo game going
and put pressure on the guards."
Junior guard Dannisha Winfrey of Paterson, N.J., who was
named to the All-Tournament team, followed Little's 20-point
game with 16 points, making three treys and hitting 6 of
11 overall, and had a team-high six rebounds. Richardson
was 5-for-8 with three 3s on her way to 15 points, while
Drinks added 13 points and also had three 3-pointers.
The Lady Barons next play in the North Georgia College and
State University Caruso's Classic on Friday and Saturday
Brewton-Parker plays Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.),
the No. 6 team in the NAIA Division I preseason rankings,
at 8 p.m. Friday and Savannah College of Art and Design at
2 p.m. Saturday.
The Lady Barons then open Southern States Athletic Conference
play Monday, Nov. 29, when they visit Southern Wesleyan University
in Central, S.C., for a 6 p.m. contest.