BANNER ELK, N.C. - Lauren Casey scored 27 point and had seven assists and Colette Montgomery added a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats fell in double overtime, 87-82, to the North Greenville Lady Crusaders in women's basketball action Thursday night in Williams Gym in a nonconference game.
The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a quick 12-6 lead five minutes into the game, but the Crusaders went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to one, 12-11, 13:24. The Lady Bobcats responded with a 9-0 run to take a 21-11 lead with 10:12 remaining in the first half, but the Lady Crusaders battled back to tie the game at 28 with three minutes remaining and opened up their own lead 32-28 at the intermission.
In the second half, Lees-McRae quickly tied the game at 38 on a Casey three with 16:24 left in the game. Lees-McRae pushed the lead to seven three times in the half including a 52-45 with 5:55, before North Greenville went on a 13-0 run to take a 58-52 lead with 2:26 remaining in the game. Lees-McRae used a Casey three with five seconds to tie the game at 61-61 and send the game into overtime.
In the first overtime, North Greenville held the lead until Lees-McRae tied the game at 69 with 2:30 left in the period and had a two-point, 74-72, lead with 47 seconds left. North Greenville would sink a jumper with three seconds to send the game into the second overtime period.
North Greenville lead the entire final overtime period except when the Lady Bobcats held an 82-81 lead with two minutes left, but the Lady Crusaders would pull off the five-point, 87-82, win.
The Lady Bobcats were 36 percent from the floor and 24 percent from three-point range in the game, while North Greenville was 42 percent overall and 27 percent from behind the arc.
Lees-McRae will travel to St. Andrews Saturday for their next game.