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Martin breaks own record; Lady Barons take three of four
|Junior Filita Kirkendoll, a 5’6” guard from Woodstock, Ga., shoots from outside the two-point line during the game against Reinhardt College Dec. 2 in Gillis Gymnasium on the Mount Vernon campus. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
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MOUNT VERNON – With only a third of the 2006-2007 basketball season complete, senior guard Monique Martin has broken another record. This time it is her own.
Martin, from Thomson, Ga., scored 52 points in a win over Edward Waters College (84-82, OT) Nov. 27, solidifying her position in the record books as the highest single game scorer – both male and female – in Brewton-Parker College history. She previously broke Sug Parker’s record by scoring 50 points in a win over Morris College Nov. 11.
Over a three game series against Edward Waters, No. 6 Lee University, and Reinhardt College, Martin was again named player of the week for the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). Martin averaged 42 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 steals during those games.
With Martin’s continued stellar contributions this season, the No. 23 Lady Barons (8-1, 3-1 SSAC) won three out of four games over the Thanksgiving season, defeating Morris College (71-59), Edward Waters, and Reinhardt. The team dropped its first conference game of the season at Lee Nov. 30, 75-56.
“Lee University is a very good basketball team,” said head coach Sheila Simmons. “Unfortunately, we didn’t shoot the ball well that night. Lee, on the other hand, took advantage of some pretty balanced scoring. At one point in the second half, we cut the lead to three and thought we had a chance to pull out the win. It wasn’t meant to be, though.”
Against Lee, Martin was the only scorer in double figures for the Lady Barons (33 points). As a team, BPC shot 31 percent from the field, 35 percent from the three point line, and 68 percent from the free throw line. Another huge difference came in rebounding. For the game, Lee out rebounded the Lady Barons, 52-23.
The Lady Barons returned home Dec. 2 for another conference game against Reinhardt without starter Monica Hunter, who had to return home due to a death in her family. In the game, Monique Martin garnered another double-double – scoring 42 points and grabbing 13 rebounds – as BPC defeated Reinhardt, 77-65.
“Missing one of your starters for a game is always huge,” said Simmons. “However, we overcame poor shooting early on to finish strong and get the win. The kids stepped up big for us and I’m pleased with their performance.”
Simmons noted the play of freshman guard Candice Clark and sophomore center Kenyatta Gatling as being keys to the victory over Reinhardt.
“Candice played extremely well off the bench, scoring 16 points for us,” Simmons said. “Kenyatta played her size in the post and made some crucial free throws late in the game. I’m pleased with the impact both of these girls were able to make.”
As a team, the Lady Barons shot 37 percent from the field, 18 percent from the three point line, and 69 percent from the free throw line. The team out rebounded its opponent for the first time this season, 47-35.
The Lady Barons now enter another crucial four game road trip that will take them into 2007. The team has conference games against Brenau University (Dec. 7), Southern Wesleyan University (Dec. 9), and Berry College (Jan. 4). There is one non-conference game at Flagler College Dec. 30. The Lady Barons return home for a conference game against Southern Polytechnic Jan. 6. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center.