Lady Barons take pair in Holiday Classic

MOUNT VERNON -- While no individual honors were awarded at Brewton-Parker College's Holiday Classic, Lady Barons Tamika Drinks and Melody Walker certainly stated their cases as the standout women's basketball players in the two-day event at the Student Activities Center.

Drinks, a sophomore guard-forward from Mount Vernon, scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed a game-best 12 rebounds Saturday night in leading Brewton-Parker to a 61-56 win over Voorhees College (S.C.).

Walker, a senior guard from Statesboro, had 15 points against Voorhees a night after leading six Lady Barons in double figures with 17 points in their 84-47 triumph over Edward Waters College (Fla.).

On Saturday, the Lady Barons shot just 29.3 percent from the floor and fell behind at halftime 34-32 after hitting just 27.5 percent of their shots.

"It was an absolutely poor shooting performance," said Lady Barons coach Sheila Simmons, whose team also committed 17 turnovers but forced 25 mishaps by the Lady Tigers. "Defensively, we played better in the second half and just didn't turn the ball over."

"Tamika Drinks stepped up big again and is playing very consistent," Simmons said after Drinks recorded her fifth double-double of the year by hitting 7 of 13 shots and also made three steals and two blocked shots.

Dannisha Winfrey, a sophomore guard from Paterson, N.J., had a team-high four steals and had three assists to share team-high honors with Walker, who was 5-for-13 from the floor. Senior guard-forward Toya Rogers of Vidalia also had two blocks and added nine rebounds.

Despite the lopsided decision Friday against Edward Waters, the Lady Barons again struggled offensively with 36.9 percent shooting and 22 turnovers. However, they countered with 26 steals while forcing 43 Edward Waters turnovers and 36 percent shooting by the Lady Tigers.

Walker, a senior guard from Statesboro, was 3-for-8 from 3-point range and 6-for-13 overall from the floor in scoring her game-high 17 points.

Sophomore guard Trivia Richardson of Dublin and sophomore guard Tori Williams of Valdosta each had 11 points. Drinks, Rogers and sophomore guard Ashley Little of Lawrenceville added 10 points apiece, with Little making six assists and Drinks getting seven steals.

Five players -- Drinks, senior guard Trudie Ridley of Richmond Hill, Rogers, Williams and Winfrey -- shared team-high rebounding honors with six apiece.

"We had really good balance," Simmons said. "I thought Melody Walker played well. Ashley Little, Trivia Richardson and Tori Williams kept us well balanced."

The Lady Barons (10-2) resume action Jan. 3 in the Flagler College Classic in St. Augustine, Fla. They play Wisconsin Lutheran College on Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. and Bryan College (Tenn.) on Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. Then Brewton-Parker opens Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference play Jan. 8 at Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.).

"I am really pleased as far as our record is concerned," Simmons said. "We still have a lot of work going into the conference season. We will get there in time. I am just so glad and extremely blessed that we've had no injuries first semester. It will be a key to stay healthy."



Brewton-Parker College sophomore guard-forward and former Montgomery County High Lady Eagle standout Tamika Drinks pulls in a first-half rebound against Voorhees College (S.C.), one of 12 boards she grabbed in the Lady Barons' 61-56 win Saturday in the Brewton-Parker Holiday Classic at the Student Activities Center on campus in Mount Vernon. Drinks also had 22 points in recording her fifth double-double in the Lady Barons' first 12 games.