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Lady Barons lose first but remain in Top 10

Not 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 released Tuesday.

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 in Dahlonega.

The 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.

Brewton-Parker 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 Gillis Gymnasium.

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.


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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM