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Lady Barons Start 4-0

Courtesy of BPC

The Brewton-Parker College women’s basketball team got three games in over the past week. BPC played their home opener on Tuesday of last week against Bryan (Tenn) and picked up the win. They then beat the Lady Bobcats of St. Thomas (Fla) on Thursday on the road, and wrapped up the week with a win over Warner (Fla) on Friday. vs. Bryan

Brewton-Parker Women’s Basketball played host to (RV) Bryan (Tenn.) on Tuesday night for the home opener at Gillis Gymnasium. The Lady Barons (2-0) defeated the Lions (0-1) in tight battle down the stretch, winning 66-60 on their home floor.

BPC started the game swiftly with Cori Keats lighting the three-point line on fire with nine points early while Madison Evans knocked down a trey of her own.

The Lady Barons extended their lead to 19-6 with 5:18 left on the clock, scoring buckets from Tori Dorsey and Evans, as well as a three-pointer from Cynthia Engler. The Lions made a push late in the quarter cutting into the lead, but a layup from Keats gave BPC a six-point lead to end the quarter.

In the first minute and a half of the second quarter, the Lady Barons improved their lead to 25-15 with four points from Evans.

Engler extended the lead to 11 with a three with 7:27 left to play. The Lions produced 10 unanswered points in the last four minutes of the quarter as the Lady Barons closed out the half with a 34-27 lead as Tajahnae Wiggins converted from the charity stripe.

For the first three minutes of the quarter, it was a back and forth battle, until the Lions gained some momentum and scored eight unanswered to cut the deficit down to a 39-37 BPC lead.

The Lady Barons responded with two free throws and a jumper from Evans to increase the lead back to six.

A made free throw from Le’La Wright with 3:40 left in the quarter was the last score for BPC. Bryan responded with a three to end the quarter outscoring the Lady Barons 15-10 and cutting down Brewton-Parker’s lead to 44-42 Evans started the quarter with a three in the first minute. The Lady Barons were able to extend their lead to 12 with help from Angel McRae and Evans.

The lead was short lived, as the Lions would go on a 12-point run to tie the game up at 58 with 1:44 left to play in the game. Within the next minute, Drexelle Ward made a three and a jump shot to take the Lady Barons back to a five-point lead.

With free throws from Evans and A’aliyah Clay, the Lady Barons were able to secure a 66-60 win over Bryan. vs. St. Thomas

Brewton-Parker Women’s Basketball traveled to warmer weather to compete in the SSAC/ SUN Crossover Challenge in Florida, challenging St. Thomas (Fla.) on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Barons (3-0) downed the Bobcats (1-1) in a solid 68-51 win in neutral territory to help secure Head Coach Steve Edwards’ 100th career victory as the leader of the BPC Women’s Basketball program.

Brewton-Parker opened the game with an 8-2 lead early with Madison Evans and Angel McRae both netting four points apiece, shooting 4-of-8 from the floor as a team.

St. Thomas fought back, taking control of the next three and a half minutes with a 7-0 run and a 9-8 lead with 2:25 remaining on the clock.

The Lady Barons responded well to close out the first period on a 5-2 run, wrapping the period up with a 13-11 lead. BPC shot for 35.3% (6-of-17) from the floor and led 1511 in rebounding efforts in the first period.

Evans started the quarter with a jumper to give BPC a four-point lead, but the Bobcats responded well with a 5-1 run to level the score at 16-16 with 8:21 to play in the half.

After back-and-forth play between the two teams, STU eventually grabbed a 25-24 lead with 3:22 on the clock by knocking down a shot from beyond the arc. McRae reclaimed the lead for BPC with an “and-one” before the Bobcats netted one final bucket for a 2827 lead with 1:37 remaining.

However, a layup from Micah Bess with the assist from Evans boosted the Lady Barons to a 29-28 lead at the break.

The Lady Barons came out of the halftime break strong, knocking the Bobcats back onto the ropes with a dominant 10 minutes by outscoring St. Thomas 23-9.

A trey from Mincey at the 3:42 mark and an “andone” from Evans helped boost BPC to a doubledigit advantage as the Lady Barons remained within a double-figure lead for the rest of the contest.

Both Tori Dorsey and Mincey lit the period up, scoring eight points each. Dorsey shot 3-of-5 from the field while Mincey was 2-of-3 from the floor and 2-of-2 on the foul line. Evans also gathered five points.

Despite the Bobcats gathering 14 points, the Lady Barons were able to control the scoreline with 16 points of their own. Brewton-Parker managed to advance the lead to a 23-point edge with 5:32 remaining and eventually closed out the game with a 68-51 win.

Evans led the way with eight points while shooting 3-of-5 from the floor followed by four points from Mincey. vs. Warner

On Friday, the SSAC/ SUN Crossover Challenge concluded for Brewton-Parker Women’s Basketball as they took on Warner (Fla.) for the second matchup of the tournament in Florida. The Lady Barons (4-0) survived the challenge against the Royals (1-2) in what proved to be quite the test as BPC secured a 61-56 victory on Warner’s home court in Lake Wales, Fla.

Cori Keats opened the game, scoring a threepointer with the help of Madison Evans to give BPC the early lead. Warner responded with a strong 11-0 run over the next two minutes, capturing control of the score with 7:42 remaining in the period.

A layup from Evans at the 6:35 mark gave the Lady Barons five points, but the Royals jumped to an 18-5 lead within another two minutes. An “and-one” opportunity for Tajahnae Wiggins to cut the deficit down to 10 points before free throws from Cynthia Engler and Angel McRae knocked it down to eight points with 2:52 left. Warner closed with a free throw of their own with 20 seconds to play, closing the first quarter with a 21-12 lead.

The Royals moved back to a 13-point advantage within the first three minutes of the second quarter. Brewton-Parker was back within a singledigit deficit as Keats knocked down threes at 6:46 and 6:02 to move Warner’s lead to 25-18.

Keats’ scoring efforts from beyond the arc sparked a 16-3 run for BPC, shifting some momentum towards the Lady Barons late in the period and leveling the game at 28-28 with 90 seconds to play. However, the Royals were able to take advantage of some missed opportunities from Brewton-Parker, closing the half with two scores and a 3228 lead.

Brewton-Parker took time to adjust at the break and came out swinging at Warner, capturing a 36-32 lead with an 8-0 run in the first couple of minutes. The Royals answered with a 7-0 run of their own to reclaim the lead with six minutes to play in the period.

Layups from McRae and Evans helped boost BPC back into control, but both teams traded shots back and forth to make the final few minutes tight. After a made free throw, Keonya Mincey hit a hug three-point with a minute to play. Warner managed to close out the quarter with four points to tie the game 47-47.

With 8:47 on the clock, Drexelle Ward scored the first two points of a six-point BPC run as Evans and Wiggins followed with scores to give the Lady Barons a 53-47 lead with 6:28 left to play.

The final six minutes were quite the battle with both teams trading scores down the stretch. However, Brewton-Parker managed to hold onto the lead for the remainder of the contest despite Warner going on an 8-4 run to cut BPC’s lead to just 57-55 with 2:56 on the clock.

A jumper from Mincey at the 2:34 mark followed by a steal and a pair of free throws from Evans with 40 seconds left aided in icing the game for the 61-56 victory and the second win in Florida.

The Lady Barons will take some time to recover and prepare for the Faulkner Classic this weekend in Montgomery, Ala.

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