Lady Barons overcome scheduling whirlwind to gain victory

 

The Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons basketball team completed an emotional whirlwind of a day Thursday with an 81-66 victory over Reinhardt College in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference action.

 

The game was played at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta because of inclement weather in Cherokee County. Reinhardt is playing its home games at Cherokee County High School in Canton while the Lady Eagles’ gymnasium is undergoing renovations this season.

 

However, Cherokee County schools were closed following the ice storm that hit north Georgia Wednesday night. The women’s teams agreed to swap home dates and play Thursday’s game at Brewton-Parker, but Southern Polytech’s gym was available for the doubleheader and the teams played at the neutral site.

 

Lady Barons coach Tommy Dalley said the resulting rushed trip to Marietta left the Lady Barons emotionally drained, but they were able to overcome the day’s ever-changing travel plans and a physical contest to gain the victory.

 

“It was a tough overall experience because of the way the day unfolded,” Dalley said. “First we were going there, then they were coming here, then we had to go on the road and play at a neutral site.

 

“Then it was a really physical game. We let the little stuff bother us, but we are so young that I think we will learn to handle it better. It’s another ‘W’ and we’ll take it any day.”

 

The Lady Barons (14-4 overall, 4-1 GACC) countered 42 percent shooting from the floor with 89 percent free-throw shooting (24 of 27) while holding Reinhardt (4-16, 1-6) to 29 percent shooting from the floor.

 

Freshman guard Ashley Little led the Lady Barons with 23 points, hitting 7 of 8 free throws and two 3-point shots. Senior guard Takara Solomon was 6-for-6 at the line and had 18 points, while senior forward Tameka Oliver had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Toya Rogers had 10 points.

 

Senior guard Erin Reeves had a game-high 20 points for the Lady Eagles, aided by 10-for-11 free-throw shooting.