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Brewton-Parker Lady Barons With 2 Wins

Courtesy of BPC

The Brewton-Parker College women's basketball team faced off with Faulkner and Life University last week on the hardcourt. vs. Faulkner

Thanksgiving break has come and gone for Brewton-Parker Women’s Basketball as the Lady Barons (9-1, 3-0 SSAC) traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to continue their 2023-24 Southern States Athletic Conference campaign on Tuesday night. Brewton-Parker secured a close one-point victory in a tough matchup against the Eagles (3-8, 0-3 SSAC), utilizing a massive swing in the third quarter to remain unbeaten in SSAC action.

“Tonight was a fun game but a tough one,” Head Coach Steve Edwards said. “Faulkner is extremely difficult to beat at home. We battled with some early foul trouble, but instead of making excuses, we made plays. I’m super proud of our effort tonight.”

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r opened things with a 7-0 run led-off by a threepointer from Angel McRae, leaving six and half minutes to play. Faulkner responded well with six unanswered points in the next couple of minutes to pull the deficit down to just one point.

Scores from McRae and Tajahnae Wiggins on back-to-back trips down the floor, followed by a pair of free throws from A’Aliyah Clay, moved the Lady Barons to a 13-6 advantage with three and a half to play.

Faulkner closed the quarter with six more points, but Keonya Mincey helped BPC with a five-point effort to give the Lady Barons an 18-12 lead after the first 10 minutes.

After an early score from the Eagles and four points from the Lady Barons, Faulkner went on a two-minute, 9-0 run to secure a 23-22 lead with 6:03 on the clock. It was all Faulkner in the second quarter as the hosts bested Brewton-Parker 32-12 in scoring.

The Eagles shot for 68.8% (11-of-16) from the field, while holding the Lady Barons to just 27.8% (5-of-18) from the floor and 0-9 from beyond the arc. Faulkner closed out the quarter holding a 44-30 lead over Brewton-Parker.

Fortunately for Brewton- Parker, the visitors switched the script and dominated the third quarter for a huge momentum shift in the contest. Five quick points from McRae and Madison Evans cut the deficit to nine points.

After some back-andforth play early, BPC cut a double-digit deficit down to a two-possession game. With 6:40 on the clock, Evans dropped a trey and followed with a jumper before Cori Keats knocked down a shot from deep to cut the Faulkner lead to 52-48 with 5:13 to play.

Clay cut the deficit to three with a trey at the 3:54 mark and sparked a 13-3 run to give Brewton- Parker a 61-57 advantage with 1:12 on the clock. A trey from Mincey beat out the buzzer to close out the third installment with a 64-59 lead.

Brewton-Parker outscored Faulkner 34-15 in the third quarter and shot for 57.1% (12-of-21) from the floor and 50% (7-of-14) from three with Evans leading with 11 points, followed up by Mincey with eight. Defensively, BPC held Faulkner to just six field goals and zero threes, taking advantage of four turnovers with three steals.

Mincey lit the quarter up early with a jumper and a three-pointer to give BPC a 10-point advantage. Faulkner chipped away at the deficit, pulling the BPC lead down to two with eight unanswered with 5:45 to play.

Scoring became sparse with Evans finding a basket at 5:24. The Lady Barons did not score another until the 3:52 mark from Wiggins for a 73-69 lead. A quick response from Faulkner followed to cut the lead to two points.

Two minutes ran off the clock until the next deep-range bucket fell at the 1:18 mark from the hosts for a 74-73 Faulkner edge. After a scoreless 60 seconds, Evans found a pair of free throws with six seconds left to help secure a 75-74 win for Brewton-Parker.

BPC finished the night shooting for 41.2% (28-of-68) from the floor, 31.3% (10-of-32) from three, and 90% (9of-10) from the charity stripe. Mincey dropped a season-best 20 points to lead BPC, scoring four from beyond the arc. Evans dropped 15 points and snagged five boards while being followed by 14 points from Wiggins as well as a double-double from McRae with 14 points and 12 rebounds. BPC led 41-37 off the glass while also leading 17-11 in assists with a game-high of five from Clay. The Lady Barons scored 24 points in the paint and 10 from turnovers while the bench produced 22 points. vs. Life

Southern States Athletic Conference action continued for (RV) Brewton-Parker Women’s Basketball as they challenged Life (Ga.) on Saturday morning in the SSAC Game of the Week. The Lady Barons (10-1, 4-0 SSAC) ran past the Running Eagles (7-2, 3-1 SSAC) in a 73-66 win on the road at the “Eagles’ Nest” in Marietta, Ga., for the fourth-straight conference win.

“Today was a great test for us,” Head Coach Steve Edwards said. “Road games in our league are tough and today we played earlier than normal. We were prepared, but we knew we had a test of our mental toughness.”

“Life plays really hard, and their guards are fast,” Edwards added. “We found a way to get timely stops, and we made big plays down the stretch.”

Tajahnae Wiggins and Madison Evans opened the game for Brewton-Parker, taking an early 4-0 lead before the Running Eagles responded with six unanswered points to claim a 6-4 lead with 6:04 on the clock.

The Lady Barons chewed off the next three minutes and captured a 13-6 lead with four different scorers finding the basket. After an “andone” play and a layup from Life, the Running Eagles cut the deficit down to two with two minutes to play.

Brewton-Parker finished the quarter with a 5-4 advantage to hold an 18-15 lead after the first 10 minutes of play. Evans scored four of the final five for eight points in the first installment.

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r jumped out to a ninepoint advantage to open the second quarter. The Running Eagles responded with two buckets about a minute apart of each other to pull back within a two-possession game with 5:23 to play.

After a layup from Micah Bess, Life utilized back-to-back treys to cut the deficit down to just one point with 3:41 on the clock. After some back-and-forth down the stretch, the Running Eagles came out of the quarter with a 31-30 advantage at the break.

A three-pointer from A’Aliyah Clay at the 9:11 mark leveled the game at 33-33, but the hosts pulled away again with six unanswered. Brewton- Parker reclaimed the lead at the 5:22 mark after four points from Bess and a three from Keonya Mincey to lead 40-39.

The Running Eagles followed up with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to lead by six. Another trey from Clay at 2:56 moved the Life lead to just three and was the first three points of a 9-2 run that gave BPC a 4948 lead with 1:05 to play in the quarter.

Life managed to net two layups in the final few seconds of the period to lead 52-49 with 10 minutes of regulation to play. The Running Eagles best the Lady Barons 2119 in the third installment.

The Lady Barons surged in the opening two minutes with a sevenpoint swing capped by another three from Clay for a 56-54 lead with 8:08 to play. The Running Eagles scored back-to-back buckets to reclaim a twopoint lead, but BPC continued to respond.

Layups from Evans and Mincey moved the Lady Barons back into control before another deep shot from Clay gave BPC a 63-60 advantage with 5:40 on the clock. Life produced another four points to recapture control, but that was the last moment the hosts were able to lead.

Evans was able to score eight of the last 10 points to help secure a 73-66 victory over the Running Eagles to keep the Lady Barons unbeaten in conference play.

BPC shot for 43.1% (28-of-65) from the field, 21.4% (6-of-28) from three, and 55% (11-of-20) from the foul line. Evans led the way with 22 points while shooting for 8-of-13 from the floor, dishing out five assists and snagging seven boards as well. Clay scored 15 points with 12 from beyond the arc, notching five assists as well. McRae gathered 11 boards to lead both teams and produced nine points as well as four steals. Mincey scored 12 as one of three Lady Barons in double figures. Life held a 43-34 rebounding advantage and produced eight more turnovers than Brewton-Parker with a 20-12 turnover margin.

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