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The Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons basketball team took part in the SSAC Basketball Tournament last week. They had a win in the first round over Stillman (Ala.), but fell to Faulkner (Ala.) in the next round. The Lady Barons will now await their fate to see if they land a spot in the NAIA National Tournament with the news set to be released on March 2. vs. Stillman

Brewton-Parker women’s basketball traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to take part in the SSAC Women’s Basketball Championship in a quarterfinal matchup against Stillman (Ala.) on Thursday night. The No. 3-seeded Lady Barons (22-6) defeated the No. 6-seeded Tigers (16-13) in a tough battle at the Multiplex, advancing to the semis with a 55-44 victory.

“Postseason wins are tough to get, and we found a way to get things done tonight,” Head Coach Steve Edwards said. “We didn’t have our best stuff tonight, which had much to do with Stillman. We will get a little rest and toss it up again tomorrow.”

Stillman opened things up with a 5-0 lead nearly two minutes into the opening quarter before the Lady Barons eventually found a bucket from Madison Evans at the 6:58 mark to get points on the board. A jumper from Sy-Marieona Williams moments later pulled Brewton-Parker back to just a onepoint deficit, leaving 5:40 on the clock.

After a pair of Stillman scores from the charity stripe, Williams netted another score to remain within a onepoint ballgame. Stillman closed out the quarter on a 6-0 run in the final three minutes of play to lead 13-6 after the first 10 minutes of play.

After an opening free throw from Keaynna Tolbert to move the score to 13-7, the Tigers put together a pair of foul shots to lead 15-7 with eight minutes to play. A layup from Tajahnae Wiggins and a trey from Williams pull the Lady Barons within a threepoint deficit with seven minutes until half.

Stillman moved back to a five-point advantage with a score at the 5:43 mark, but Brewton-Parker utilized a 7-1 run over the next three minutes to capture a 19-18 lead. The Tigers quickly answered with a trey to lead by two points, yet the Lady Barons were able to close out the second quarter with a layup from Williams and a perimeter shot from Wiggins to lead 24-21 at the break.

Stillman came out of the half with a trey at the 9:11 mark to level the game before following up nearly a minute later with a jumper to lead 26-24. After an equalizing score in the paint from Chardell Jones, the Tigers took advantage of a foul by converting two free throws to lead by two.

Another trey from Williams at the 6:35 mark boosted BPC to a one-point advantage, but Stillman responded with a layup to reclaim the lead. Evans laid a shot up to give BPC yet another one-point edge before the Lady Barons managed to add to the tally at the 3:16 mark with a free throw from Tolbert for a 32-30 lead.

The final few minutes resulted in scoreless efforts until under the minute mark as the Tigers scored to level things up with 54 seconds remaining. Brewton-Parker finished strong with a trey from Williams and a lay up from Evans to give BPC a 3732 lead with 19 seconds left on the clock. In the final seconds, Stillman knocked down a three-pointer to narrowly beat the buzzer to pull within two points of the Lady Barons.

Williams opened things up with a layup to move the BPC lead to a 39-35 advantage with Evans adding to the Lady Barons’ ledger to move to a six-point lead with 7:58 on the clock. Both teams traded successful trips to the charity stripe to move the score to a 43-37 ballgame.

Evans connected on a jumper with 6:45 to play which gave BPC an eightpoint advantage but the Tigers were able to piece together some scores to shift their deficit back to five points. Angel McRae found her first score of the night at the 5:36 mark to move Brewton- Parker to a 48-41 lead before the offensive production for either side began to slow down as both teams struggled to find a basket in the following few minutes to play.

Tolbert eventually broke the scoring drought with a fastbreak layup to advance BPC’s lead to nine points with 90 seconds remaining.

With time running away from Stillman, the Lady Barons were forced to the foul line with Williams finding three scores to give BPC a 53-41 lead with 20 seconds remaining. Stillman took advantage of a free throw odd a technical foul and followed with a jumper to pull back under single digits, but Williams was fouled late, scoring a pair of free throws to close out the game with a 55-44 victory.

As a team, Brewton-Parker shot for 36.7% (18-of-49) from the floor, 22.7% (5-of-22) from three, and 48.3% (14-of-29) from the foul line. The SSAC 6th Woman of the Year, Williams, produced a total of 27 points on the night while gathering five steals to lead the scoring efforts for both sides. Evans also produced a double-digit scoring performance with 12 points as well as four assists. McRae led with 13 rebounds to help give the Lady Barons a 45-33 advantage off the glass.

This is just the second time this season that Brewton- Parker has held their opponent to under 50 points with the last contest being against Faulkner (Ala.) back on Jan. 26 in the 71-46 win in Gillis Gymnasium.

Brewton-Parker makes the SSAC Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinals for the second-straight season. vs. Faulkner

Brewton-Parker women’s basketball continued postseason play on Friday night with an SSAC Tournament Semifinal matchup against the No. 2 seed Faulkner (Ala.) in the Multiplex at the Cramton Bowl. The Lady Barons (22-7) battled until the end but were outlasted by the Eagles (246) down the stretch in a 6964 loss.

“Tonight was a big-time game between two really good teams,” Head Coach Steve Edwards said. “I feel like it was the game of the year. Both teams made plays, but Faulkner made a couple more in the final two minutes. We will get some rest and we look forward to where we will land in the National Tournament,” Edwards added.

Angel McRae opened things up with a score at the 8:35 mark to give BPC an early 2-0 lead. Faulkner answered with a 6-0 run to claim their first lead of the night, leading 6-2 with 6:39 remaining in the quarter.

After a layup from Micah Bess, the Eagles pulled to a 10-4 lead at the halfway point of the quarter. The Lady Barons closed out the half hot on a 14-2 run with A’Aliyah Clay netting six points down the stretch to lead the charge, giving BPC an 18-12 edge after the opening 10 minutes of play.

Faulkner opened the second quarter on an 11-0 over the course of the first five minutes of play to move to a 23-18 lead. Samerria Bryant netted a shot from the perimeter to pull the Lady Barons back to a two-point deficit with 4:46 left on the clock. Brewton-Parker went on an 8-3 run over the next four minutes to claim a 29-26 lead but a trey from the Eagles sealed the half with a 2929 draw.

After an opening score from Faulkner, the Lady Barons produced a 9-0 start to the third quarter to lead 3831 with 7:24 left on the clock. The Eagles quickly cut the deficit back to three points, but a trey from Clay moved BPC back to a six-point advantage before Faulkner eventually cut the deficit down to just one possession with less than five minutes to play in the quarter.

Score from McRae and Evans refreshed the six-point edge yet again with Faulkner knocking on the door. Brewton- Parker managed to hold onto the lead in the final moments of the quarter with the Eagles besting the Lady Barons 8-6 in the last three minutes of play as BPC led 51-47.

Faulkner surged in the final quarter of play, outscoring the Lady Barons 22-13 in the final 10 minutes of the game. The Eagles took control of the first three minutes of the quarter with a 6-2 opening run to level the game at 53-53 with seven minutes to play. A successful and-one play from Chardell Jones moved the BPC lead back to three points, but Faulkner pieced together a six-point boost to recapture control of the score with a 59-56 lead, leaving 5:40 on the clock. Brewton-Parker was able to level the game at the 4:51 mark with another and-one trip from Jones to equalize, 61-61.

In the final few minutes of play, Brewton-Parker was held to just one made shot from Cisley Copper at the 2:29 mark while Faulkner wrapped up the game by scoring eight points to secure a 69-64 win to advance in the tournament.

As a team, Brewton-Parker shot for 32.5% (25-of-77) from the floor, 27.3% (9-of-33) from three, and 55.6% (5-of-9) from the foul line. Evans led the offensive production for BPC with 16 points followed by Sy-Marieona Williams with 12. McRae led off the glass with 11 rebounds while Faulkner held a 49-37 rebounding advantage over Brewton-Parker. Faulkner gave up 22 turnovers while Brewton-Parker gave up just nine. The Lady Barons notched nine steals and scored 17 points off turnovers.

Brewton-Parker marks back-to-back tournament semifinal appearances and are now 1-1 against Faulkner in postseason play.

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