BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Allison Bosse scored 19 points, including ten of King College's final 12 points, as the Tornado beat the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats, 60-45, Thursday night in a nonconference women's basketball contest in Williams Gymnasium.
Bosse and low post teammate Ashley Dean, who scored 21 points, led the Tornado offense. The two were a combined 16-of-30 from the floor and grabbed 12 rebounds. Dean and guard Brooke Johnson had a game-high seven rebounds for the Tornado. Johnson and Derika Mooney passed out a team-high four assists, and Mooney had a game-high four steals.
For the Lady Bobcats, Colette Montgomery had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and three free throws. She also had a team-high four rebounds. Jessica Blair came off the bench and added 12 points on 4-of-8 from the floor and 4-6 from the free throw stripe. Lauren Casey had a game-high five assists.
In the first half, buckets by Icey Patterson and Casey tied the game at ten with 12:41 remaining in the half, but King would regain the lead with a 4-0 mini-run would give the Tornado a 14-10 lead three minutes later. A Blair free throw would rally the Lady Bobcats back on 5-0 run capped off with a Blair field goal to give Lees-McRae its only lead of the game, 15-14, with just over five minutes remaining. King would take a four-point lead with 1:40 remaining in the half, but a basket by Montgomery and a Brittany Williams steal and layup would tie the game at 24 at the break.
The start of the second half saw King take a seven-point lead, 38-31, five minutes into the half on a Deans free throw make, but Lees-McRae would battle back to cut the lead to one, 38-37, with a Zukye Smith make two minutes later. However, that would be as close as the Lady Bobcats would get as King quickly extend the margin back to seven points before Bosse and Dean would close out the game for King making the team's last six buckets and give the Tornado the 60-45 win.
King outrebounded Lees-McRae 33-22, and outscored the Lady Bobcats 28-8 in the paint.
With the loss, Lees-McRae falls to 1-5 overall, while King improves to 4-4 overall. The Tornado held the Lady Bobcats to their lowest point total of the season, 45, in the win.
Lees-McRae will return to action following the Christmas Break with a visit from Conference Carolinas opponent, Anderson, January 4th at 5:30 p.m.