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Lady Barons fall at home to Runnin’ Hornets
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – Despite a double-double (30 points, 14 rebounds) from senior standout Monique Martin, the Brewton-Parker College women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start Saturday afternoon, falling to conference foe Southern Polytechnic State University (Marietta, Ga.), 73-69.
| Senior Monique Martin is not distracted by Southern Polytechnic State University defense as she shoots from the three point line Saturday, Jan. 6 in the Gillis Gymnasium on Brewton-Parker College’s Mount Vernon campus. (Photo by Taylor Hereford)
“This was a tough one to lose,” said head coach Sheila Simmons. “I thought we had a shot at pulling it out in the end, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”
The Runnin’ Hornets outshot the Lady Barons (11-3, 5-3 SSAC) 50 to 38 percent from the field and 60 to 25 percent from the three point line. A bright spot for BPC came in free throws with the Lady Barons shooting 81 percent. In addition to Martin’s performance, BPC was also led by sophomore guard Shelby Pauling, who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in the game.
Despite the loss, Simmons knows there’s still a lot of basketball to be played within the conference.
“This one hurts, but we’re still early in our conference schedule,” Simmons said. “All we need to do is work on being more consistent in practice and maintain the intensity level we had in the second half of this game. If we can do those two things, we will be fine.”
The Lady Barons continue conference play Wednesday when they travel to Rome to take on Shorter College. Their next home game will be this Saturday against Emmanuel College. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center.