Lady Bucs seize opener

  from staff reports
  COOKEVILLE -- Behind a 25-point effort from guard B.J. Banjo, including her 14-of-15 showing from the free-throw line, the Lady Bucs basketball team (1-0) defeated the Tennessee Tech Eagles (1-0) Friday night 81-77 in the opening game of the season.
  Senior forward Tiffani Mayes added 22 points and five rebounds for ETSU in 38 minutes of play.
  The Bucs and Eagles battled point for point until midway through the first half, when ETSU's Brooke Wilhoit dropped an unassisted lay-up to give the Bucs the 22-18 lead.
  ETSU managed to keep the lead throughout the remainder of the first half, taking a 42-29 lead into the half-time intermission.
  Banjo had a team-high 15 points in the first half while Mayes posted 10 points and Candace Gibson went a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor with six points in the half.
  The second half started with ETSU extending its lead 56-51 before two three-pointers from TTU's Kendall Cavin gave the Eagles the slight 57-56 advantage.
  After a Lady Bucs timeout, the two teams went point for point until the Lady Bucs took the 66-62 advantage at the 4:37 mark in the second half.
  After two Gibson blocks, and a continued effort from the free-throw line from Banjo, the Lady Bucs took the 72-66 lead that TTU would never overcome as ETSU captured the 81-77 win.
  "I am extremely pleased with the effort of the team in tonight's victory," Lady Bucs head coach Karen Kemp said. "It is always very tough opening the season on the road and everyone played very hard pulling together in the end for the win."
  Gibson led the Bucs with three blocks while adding 10 points in the win, while Banjo had six rebounds for the night. All five Lady Bucs starters posted double figures in the balanced effort from the floor, with Holly Moring (Irmo, S.C.) finishing with 10 points and two steals on the night, while Wilhoit posted 10 points and five assists for ETSU.