published Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Bryan, TWC women in three-way tie for first in AAC and other sports news

The Bryan College women's basketball team created a three-way tie at the top of the Appalachian Athletic Conference standings with a 57-54 win Saturday in Dayton against visiting Union College, while Tennessee Wesleyan was beating Virginia Intermont 58-44 in Athens. Bryan's Lady Lions (12-6, 7-2) went from trailing by six with just under five minutes left in the first half to leading by 15 with 14:49 to play and then held on as reigning AAC player of the week Lydia Nash scored 16 points and Amber Taylor had seven assists with 14 points for Union (11-6, 7-2). Kristin Lane had 14 points and nine rebounds and Kelsey Brooks had 13 points and four steals for Bryan, while Keila Formont had 11 points and seven rebounds and Jenna Ray made up for an off day shooting with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Armeka Booker scored 14 points and Shira Buley had 12 points, five assists and three steals for Wesleyan (10-3, 7-2), which got 14 rebounds with 10 points from Cody Houck. Intermont's Rainey Storey led all scorers with 19 points.

• Making 11 of 12 free throws, Joshua Hart had 30 points and eight rebounds as Virginia Intermont nipped Tennessee Wesleyan 73-72 the AAC men's basketball game Saturday in Athens. J.D. Tucker had 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Cobras (7-9, 5-4). Tyler Burse had 24 points and nine rebounds and Derek Hosey had 12 points, six assists and four steals for Wesleyan (9-8, 5-3).

• First-place Union College edged Bryan 51-48 in AAC men's basketball Saturday with Fitzgerald White leading the Bulldogs (13-3, 7-1) with 11 points and seven rebounds. Bryan (8-10, 4-4) got 15 points, 15 rebounds and four steals from Derrick Walker and 12 points and 11 rebounds from third-time AAC player of the week Brandon Cole.

• Jenna Adams had 28 points and 13 rebounds as Lee University beat visiting Christian Brothers 66-40 in Gulf South Conference women's basketball Saturday in Cleveland. The Lady Flames (8-4, 4-2) led by six points at halftime and outscored the Memphis teams by 20 in the second half. Hollie German scored 15 points and Rachel Lockhart had 13 points and four blocks for Lee. Christian Brothers won the men's game 74-67 as Trey Casey scored 26 points on 5-of-8 3-point shooting and Drew Hildreth had 15 points and eight rebounds. Corey Billingsley, Stedmon Ford and Jamal Worthington scored 14, 13 and 12 points in Lee's fourth consecutive loss, and Chad Lee had a game-high 10 rebounds.

• Carver Bible College dropped Dalton State's first-year NAIA men's basketball program to 17-2 for the season with a 106-102 overtime victory Saturday in Atlanta, avenging a 72-68 Roadrunners win Nov. 13 in Dalton. Dalton State led 60-44 after a blistering first half in the rematch, with eight made 3-pointers, but hit only three in the second half and two in the extra period. Demetrice Jacobs scored 20 points and Sean Tate, Preston Earle, Ricky Sears and Tyrel Edwards added 18, 17, 15 and 14 for the Roadrunners, while Derrick Douglas and Troy Swanson scored 25 and 22 for Carver (6-12).

• Greensboro College came to Covenant College and swept a USA South basketball doubleheader Saturday, 68-55 in the women's game and 72-66 in the men's. Jessie Blankenship had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Alexis Storteboom and Haley Soles added 12 points each in the Lady Scots' defeat, and Colton McGriff had 17 points and nine rebounds while Daniel Garrett had 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals for the Covenant men. Chevena Pickard had 17 points and eight rebounds and Shanita Hampton had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Greensboro women; Damian Dixon's and Will Griffin's 17 and 14 points led the men, and Raheem Martin had six steals with 10 points.

• UTC men's basketball assistant coach Wes Long will be the guest speaker for the Chattanooga Quarterback Club's noon luncheon meeting Monday at Finley Stadium, and the public is invited. Attendance costs $10 with a meal, $4 without. Long is a former Clemson walk-on player and student assistant who worked the last eight years at Queens University of Charlotte -- the last five as head coach with a 75-66 record. His Royals were 55-30 the last three seasons with Conference Carolinas titles in 2011 and 2012.

Softball

• The Lady Moc RBI Club will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the press box at Jim Frost Stadium, and new UTC softball assistant coach Brigette Del Ponte will be introduced to the group. She was a three-time All-Pac-12 infielder for Arizona and a second-team NFCA All-American in 2011. The public is invited.

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