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Shelton State women finish regular season perfect
 February 26, 2013

By Marquavius Burnett
Special to The Tuscaloosa News

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 3:30 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA | The Shelton State Lady Buccaneers basketball team finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in school history with an 83-60 victory over the Wallace State-Hanceville Lady Lions on Monday night.

The Lady Bucs are 29-0 overall and 10-0 in the Alabama Community College Conference.

“When that horn went off, it was a good feeling,” Lady Bucs coach Madonna Thompson said. “It was a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling that I have never had before. It felt great.”

Center Brianna Lancaster knew the Lady Bucs could pull off the feat once they got to their 20th win. She said this was a goal going into the season.

“I’m really excited and happy for the team,” said Lancaster, who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. “Have to give thanks to God for giving us the ability to keep pushing through everything.”

The start of the game was a struggle for the Lady Bucs. The Lady Lions (20-9, 6-3) kept the game close in the first half, with guard Brandee Busenlehner hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer that cut Shelton State’s lead to 35-31. Lady Lion forward Ashley Nance had 10 points in the first half.

The Lady Bucs came out of the locker room poised to put the game away, pushing their lead to 12. The Lady Lions made a run to cut it to 50-44, but didn’t get closer. Thompson put her starters back in to seal the deal, and they responded with a 12-2 run to push the lead to 62-46.

“We needed a game like that,” Thompson said. “The kids needed that heat on them and they needed a game for me to chew them out because we haven’t had it in a while. They responded great, and they have all year.”

The Lady Bucs clamped down defensively in the second half and held the Lady Lions to 16 points in the final 10 minutes.

“We got worn down at the end and made some errors,” Wallace-Hanceville coach Ron Burdette said. “They fatigue you and force you into some mental errors. Shelton has had a phenomenal year, and it’s a great accomplishment to go 29-0.”

Next for Shelton State is the ACCC State Tournament on Sunday in Hanceville.

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