The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats women's basketball team hosted Brevard College Tuesday evening in non-conference action, falling 69-65 to the Lady Tornado. The loss drops the Lady Bobcats record to 6-13, (4-8 CVAC) while Brevard improves to
Neither team was able to find a rhythm early, as the teams remained scoreless until Holly Krogman nailed a three for the visitors. Victoria Valentin answered back with a bucket from behind the arc to get things rolling for the Lady Bobcats, who then managed to control the pace for much of the game. Using a 7-2 run, the Lady Bobcats jumped out to an eight point lead. The stubborn Lady Tornados would fight their way back to cut the deficit to one, but the Lady Bobcats again kicked into high gear and took an eight point lead into halftime, 28-20.
Both teams seemed to return in the second slightly energized after lackluster shooting in the first. Although the Lady Bobcats were able to extend their lead to as much as ten, Brevard always seemed to just be hanging around, as Lees-McRae was unable to finish them off. Down ten with just over seven minutes to go, the Lady Tornado's made their way back. A 14-3 run in just under three minutes allowed Brevard to take their first lead, 56-55, since 16:38 of the first half. The teams would exchange the lead once more over the game's final four minutes, but it was Brevard who would take advantage of its opportunities from the charity stripe to seal the victory.
Krogman paced Brevard with a game high 20 points, six rebounds and four assists. Lindsay Thrift and Jessica Whitmire added 11 and 10 points respectively while Whitmire also pulled down seven boards. Samantha Winn had a game high nine rebounds for the Lady Tornado.
Dianca Jones led the home side with 14 points, seven rebounds and a game high six assists. Stephanie Mullinax and Valentin, (pictured top left), contributed 11 and 10 points respectively for the Lady Bobcats.
Lees-McRae will return to conference action when Belmont Abbey
visits Williams Gymnasium. Tip off is slated for 5:30pm.