HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Wallace State’s women’s basketball team rebounded from last weekend’s conference loss with an impressive 56-48 victory over 14th-ranked South Georgia Technical College at Tom Drake Coliseum on Thursday.
DeMaurea Moore poured in 12 points for the Lady Lions, Sydney Powell scored all 10 of her points in the first half and Tykeah Rogers added nine off the bench as Wallace State frustrated the Jets’ post players all afternoon, creating a plethora of South Georgia Technical College turnovers.
“We got after it and did exactly the things we had to do to slow them down. I’m proud of how we played. We didn’t hang our heads after the Shelton State loss,” said Wallace State interim head coach Jessica McBrayer, whose team avenged a November loss to the Lady Jets. “It couldn’t have been more important to play another nationally-ranked team. This reminded us we can hang with anyone when we play well, and it gives us confidence going back into conference play.”
The Lady Lions (13-6) overcame as a pair of six-point deficits in the first quarter and trailed 16-12 after the opening 10 minutes.
Wallace State continued to chip away and Powell’s 3-pointer with 4:20 to go in the first half gave the Lady Lions a 20-18 edge – their first lead of the game. The teams traded leads four times over the final four minutes before Wallace State controlled a slim 29-27 advantage at the half.
The teams again flipped leads over the opening five minutes of the third quarter. Wallace State went ahead for good on a Moore jumper with 4:47 left in the period, giving the Lady Lions a 34-33 advantage.
Wallace State closed out the quarter on a 10-5 surge, highlighted by a Rogers’ trey as time expired. The Lady Lions led 44-38 after three and by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter. Gabby Hill’s 3-pointer with little more than a minute to go sealed the win for Wallace State.
Hill added five points to the Wallace State attack.
In the Lady Lions’ loss to Shelton State on Jan. 13, Joy Sadler paced the way with 16 points, Hill had 15 points and Moore added 12.
Marion Military 58, Wallace State 51
Marion Military remained undefeated in early Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) action, collecting a road win over the Lions at Tom Drake Coliseum on Thursday night.
Wallace State was led offensively by Demarkus Lampley’s 14 points, five days after scoring 31 points against Shelton State. Lampley is averaging 17.8 points in five games for the Lions (12-7, 0-3 ACCC).
Jalen Hodges contributed 12 points for Wallace State and Chris Rollins and Jonathan Andre scored eight points apiece.
For Marion Military (8-3, 3-0 ACCC), Carlos Bell registered a game-high points 16 points and Joshua Rathell added 13.
Marion Military put together a 12-3 run over the final four minutes of the first half for a 34-25 lead at the break. The Tigers extended their cushion to as many as 14 points in the second half.
Both Wallace State teams continue their three-game homestand with a homecoming doubleheader against Southern Union on Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m.
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