Cleveland State Gets Road Split At Motlow State

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - by Bryan Grisham
It was one up and one down for the Cleveland State basketball teams on a rainy Friday night in middle Tennessee at Motlow State. The Lady Cougars held off a hot shooting Lady Buck team to pick up the big Region VII Conference win by a score of 72-62 while the Cougars could not overcome a bad first half and dropped the nightcap to the Bucks by a final talley of 98-88.
 
The lead changed hands 13 times in the first half of the ladies contest as the Lady Bucks flexed their considerable size advantage in the paint while the Lady Cougars used their quickness to keep it close.
 
A 7-0 spurt by the Lady Cougars at the 10 minute mark gave the visitors a little breathing room, but the home team came right back with an 8-2 run of their own to tie the game once again at 25 at the five minute mark.
 
Another 8-0 run in the final minutes of the half put Motlow on top as Erin Thomas poured in seven straight points including a three-point play to help her team to a 36-32 halftime lead.
 
The Lady Cougars came out on a mission as they scored the first 12 points of the second half to take a 44-36 lead. Jamesha Mosley tossed in six straight points and Jara Gasper added a long three-pointer during the run.
 
The Lady Bucks would not go quietly though, as they mounted one last comeback at the six minute mark with an 11-2 run to cut the Cleveland State lead to two points, 56-54.
 
The run would end there as Mosley hit a pair of big buckets in the paint and Whitney Thompson added a three-point play as the visitors stretched their lead back to double digits. The Lady Cougars hit just enough free throws down the stretch as they finally finished off the Lady Bucks to take the 10 point win.
 
Mosley paced the Lady Cougars (8-1, 4-1) with 16 points, Katrice Harris added 13 points to the cause, Gasper finished with 10 and Aysia Grimsley had nine. Thomas led the Lady Bucks (0-7, 0-4) with 15 points, Sabrina Jackson had 12 and Lacy Gaines added 11.
 
The Lady Cougars had an off night at the free throw line as they hit only 16 of 34 shots from the line.
 
"We did not shoot the ball well in the first half at all," explained Lady Cougar coach Dan Lumpkin. "You have to give Motlow credit, because they played well, especially in the first half. They used their height advantage and it gave us problems."
 

"We did a good job of getting to the free throw line, but couldn't hit very many of them," the coach continued. "But we started the second half with a run and then held them off late to get a big win on the road."

BUCKS 98 COUGARS 88

The Cougars just couldn't quite get into their rhythm in the first half, thanks in part to the tremendous shooting by the Bucks. Stetson Moore hit a trey to tie the game at 7 in the early going and Kendrick Williams hit a long three-pointer to give the Cougars their only lead of the half at 19-18.
 
An 11-2 run by the Bucks would push the lead to double digits as the Cougars struggled to keep pace. A three-point play by Marcellus Roberts cut the lead to four points, but the Bucks zipped right back out to a big lead with 15-5 run to finish the half for a 53-39 halftime edge.
 
The Bucks threatened to run away and hide to start the second half as they continued to sizzle the nets and opened up a 19 point lead on two separate occasions.
 
Williams spurred a 10-2 Cougar run with a pair of 3's and followed that up with two more long range bombs as the lead slipped into single digits. William's fifth trey of the night cut the lead to only three points, 81-78, but the comeback would end there as the Bucks righted the ship and hit 10 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
 
Williams paced the Cougars (6-2, 3-2) with 18 points, Keevin Tyus added 13 points, while Moore and Travis Wildgoose had 10 each. Kytrel Williams led all scorers for the Bucks (2-6, 2-2) with 28 points, Dequon Miller added 19 points and Kerby Lubin had 12.
 
Cleveland State traveled to Volunteer State on Saturday.

UTC Wrestling: Mocs Pongracz Tough on His Feet

“When we were recruiting Michael during his senior year of high school, everyone - teachers, coaches, administrators - spoke highly of his character. That was so important to us.” UTC Heath Eslinger on Mocs junior Michael Pongracz who wrestles against App State Tonight   Growing up in New Jersey, Michael Pongracz suffered from a lack of confidence due to a ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Defending Cam; Pulling For Peyton

I am not a "Cam Hater". Cam Newton is one of the best athletes to ever play the game of football; perhaps the best pure football player ever. But I don't hate him and I really don't even dislike him. The former Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn guided his Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 record this past season and they're now 17-1 overall heading into Super Bowl 50. If they were playing ... (click for more)

Cleveland School Board Votes 5-2 To Terminate School Director Ringstaff Over Twitter Messages

The Cleveland School Board on Friday fired Dr. Martin Ringstaff, director of schools, for sending sexually explicit messages to an anonymous woman a year ago.  His termination is effective immediately and does not include severance pay.  The school board called an emergency meeting after Dr. Ringstaff, who is married, admitted to sending explicit messages to ... (click for more)

History Center Not Giving Out Any More Information On Past Spending Details, Current Status, At This Time

The president of the Chattanooga History Center, which has halted plans for a world class history museum near the Aquarium after raising over $10 million, said no other information will be provided at this time. Chattanoogan.com had sought details about prior spending and the salary of former executive director Daryl Black as well as the center's current status. Jo Coke said, ... (click for more)

A Missing Link In Chattanooga's Crime Prevention Program

I would like to begin by introducing myself. I grew up in Chattanooga and I love this city. As a child, the space program and lunar landings were in full swing. I dreamed of a progressive city. I grew up reading books about space, travel, and superheroes at the Bicentennial Library.  I am the only son of a local pastor and businessman. When I graduated from East Ridge High ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The School’s Search Begins

Jonathan Welch, the chairman of the Hamilton County School Board, had no idea he would be giving himself a well-deserved treat some months ago when he promised his son they would go on a mission trip together. This week has to be the first time his phone hasn’t blinked overload since a December tragedy triggered a tsunami and repeated shock waves that crashed the Hamilton County ... (click for more)