Lady Lions drop seventh in a row

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The Paine women continued their free-fall Thursday night.

Stillman's Bianca Burton fell one assist shy of a triple-double as the Lady Tigers cruised to a 72-50 win.

The Lady Lions lost their seventh consecutive game to fall to 4-17 overall, 4-12 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Paine lost for the sixth time at Carter Gym since a Jan. 1 defeat of LeMoyne-Owen.

"The things we've been doing wrong are the same things," Lady Lions coach Terence Palmer said. "It's fundamentals. We're not rebounding. We're not boxing out."

Paine entered the game last in conference rebounding at minus-6 a contest. And the Lady Lions once again lost the battle on the boards, 46-37.

Paine freshman forward Latoya Ashley provided an early inside threat with four points and four boards the first three minutes of the game. She also picked up two fouls and sat the rest of the half.

Ashley had three of her team's four offensive boards at halftime. She finished the evening with 10 rebounds, six points and four fouls.

"It's all inexperience, learning how to play," Palmer said.

Senior guard Chantal Murray scored all 12 of her points after halftime to lead Paine. Melanie Ginyard came off the bench for 11 points.

The Lady Lions shot just 36 percent from the field, including a 2-for-12 effort from the perimeter. Senior guard Savoyia Barrett, the league's second-leading scorer, had seven points.

Stillman (8-12, 6-8) won for the fourth time in its past five outings. The Lady Tigers led at halftime, 36-20.

Burton, a senior forward, shot 10-for-24 from the field and scored 21 points, with 12 rebounds and nine assists.

"She's their best all-around player," Palmer said. "When things go bad, they go to her. I'm happy, because this is her last year."

Sylbrena Johnson rung up a game-high 24 points for Stillman.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or


STILLMAN (8-12, 6-8)--Siera Dority 1-2 0-0 2, Sylbrena Johnson 9-24 4-5 24, Jasmine Williams 2-2 0-0 4, Bianca Burton 10-24 1-3 21, Tiffany McGhee 7-12 3-4 17, Sharronda Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Alicia McGowan 2-4 0-0 4, Harriett Burton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 31-70 8-12 72.

PAINE (4-17, 4-12)--Savoyia Barrett 3-12 1-2 7, Chantal Murray 5-12 0-1 12, LaKeisha Bell 3-8 0-0 6 Reckesia Sellers 2-4 0-1 4, Latoya Ashley 2-9 2-3 6, Lashawnda Sanders 0-0 0-2 0, Natoria Rowland 1-2 0-0 2, Tiffany Beverly 0-0 0-0 0, Queen Williard 1-3 0-0 2, Melanie Ginyard 4-8 3-4 11. Totals: 21-58 6-13 50.

Halftime: Stillman 36-20 3-point goals: Stillman 2-6 (Johnson 2-6), Paine 2-11 (Barrett 0-4, Murray 2-7, Rowland 0-1). Rebounds: Stillman 46 (McGhee 15), Paine 37 (Ashley, Bell 10). Assists: Stillman 21 (B. Burton 9), Paine 11 (Murray 3). Turnovers: Stillman 18, Paine 21. Fouls: Clark Atlanta 17, Paine 15. Fouled out: none
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