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Lady Barons split conference games against Brenau, Reinhardt
Monique Martin sidelined with foot injury; return expected in a few weeks
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – With their leading scorer on the sideline nursing a foot injury, the Brewton-Parker College women’s basketball team split two Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) games this week.
Led by freshman Candice Clark’s double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds), the Lady Barons (17-6, 9-6 SSAC) defeated Brenau University, 56-52. Sophomore Shelby Pauling had 10 points and six assists in the win. Freshman Brekken Tadsen contributed six points but, more importantly, grabbed seven rebounds.
“Candice stepped up big for us in this game,” said head coach Sheila Simmons. “She penetrated the lane early and gave us some good early energy. Defensively, this was her best game of the year. She kept the ball in front of her and contained their guards. She didn’t allow any easy baskets early in the game. Brekken had a great game for us as well.”
Simmons was also quick to point out the play of sophomore Tanisha Murray, who started in place of senior Monique Martin. Martin injured her foot Jan. 25 against Lee University.
“Tanisha filled some big shoes for us and was very consistent,” Simmons said. “I’m glad to see how well she stepped up for us.”
The Lady Barons ended the week with a visit to Reinhardt College in Waleska. Despite five players shooting double figures, BPC couldn’t overcome 27 turnovers. They fell to the Lady Eagles, 88-70.
Junior Filita Kirkendoll had 15 points for the Lady Barons, while Pauling added 12. Murray scored 11 and Clark, along with sophomore Kanyatta Gatling, each had 10.
“We had balanced scoring against Reinhardt,” said Simmons. “But when you allow 88 points and commit 27 turnovers, it’s hard to win.”
Despite the two-game split in the conference, Simmons said she is proud of how the Lady Barons, amidst adversity, have come together and played well as a team.
“This is a very close-knit group,” Simmons said. “This is one of the best groups I have ever had. They are playing extremely hard. If we can continue to put all of the pieces together, I expect us to play good basketball for the rest of the season.”
As for the expected return of Monique Martin, Simmons is being very cautious.
“The preliminary report showed a small hairline fracture on the medial tarsal bone on the top of the foot. Doctors are treating it and will do another x-ray next week, and we’ll go from there,” said Simmons. “We’re keeping her fitness up. I do expect her to return within a few weeks. She’s not out for the season. It’s just me being very, very careful.”
The Lady Barons begin their final homestand of the year Feb. 8 against Berry College. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. The team will then host Southern Wesleyan Feb. 10 as part of BPC’s homecoming festivities. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. The final home game will be Feb. 15 (Senior Night) with a visit from Shorter College. Tip-off for the Shorter game is scheduled for 6 p.m. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center on the Mount Vernon campus.