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Martin scores 37; Lady Barons roll
COLUMBIA, S.C. – It seems as if in the last few games, the Brewton-Parker College women’s basketball team has been caught in a cycle – slow start, explosive finish. Such was the case again last Thursday night as the Lady Barons (16-3, 8-3 SSAC) exploded for 59 points in the second half en route to a 102-66 win over the Columbia College Fighting Koalas.
“We came out flat in the first half,” said head coach Sheila Simmons. “We didn’t shoot the ball well and couldn’t knock down the shots we needed. Fortunately, we were able to control the tempo in the second half and made more shots in transition.”
Simmons attributes the explosive second half in part to the containment of Columbia’s Ashley Watson, a forward who had 13 points and 9 rebounds at halftime.
“We did a better job of defending Watson in the second half,” Simmons said. “That was one of the keys to our success. I feel the intensity we showed in the second half as well eventually wore them down.”
The Lady Barons were led by senior Monique Martin’s double-double (37 points, 13 rebounds). Sophomores Shelby Pauling and Monica Hunter, along with junior Filita Kirkendoll, each had 10 points in the win.
“Shelby and Filita were our two primary outside shooters and made some key shots for us,” said Simmons. “Monica was very effective inside for us as well.”
Despite the margin of victory, Simmons is quick to point out the improved play of everyone in the Southern States Athletic Conference. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Lady Barons’ next opponent – No. 3 Lee University.
“There’s no doubt we are going to have to have a complete game against Lee if we want a chance to win,” Simmons said. “We can’t start out flat against this team. We’ll have to execute on the offensive end and play with intensity defensively. Lee is a well-balanced team with good inside presence and good outside shooters. It will be a big game for us next Thursday night.”
The Jan. 25 game against Lee University will be at home with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center. The Lady Barons then travel to Auburn University-Montgomery Jan. 27 for a 2 p.m. game against the Senators.