Barton uses Hot Shooting to Trump Lees-McRae

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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Barton College Bulldogs shot an outstanding 65 percent to beat the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats, who shot 39 percent, Saturday night in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game.

The Lady Bulldogs were 56 percent in the first half and a whopping 76 percent in the second half from the floor, while the Lady Bobcats were 37 percent in the first half and 40 percent in the second half.

Barton took an early 10-4 lead with 16:09 to play in the half, but Lees-McRae rallied to tie the game at ten a minute later. Barton would quickly respond with a 10-4 run to make it 20-14, but again Lees-McRae would battle back to cut the lead to one, 20-19 on a Candace Flowers three. However, Barton would push their lead to ten, 32-22, with five minutes and carry a 13 point, 41-28, lead into halftime.

After the half, Barton extended the lead to 20 points, 48-28, under 17 minutes to play and to 25 points, 66-41, with just under ten minutes. The lead hit 28 points with just under two minutes to play, and the Lady Bulldogs would end the game with a 25 point lead, 86-61.

Colette Montgomery paced Lees-McRae with 18 points and seven rebounds. Jessica Blair 13 points by going 5-of-7 from the floor and knocking two both of her free throw attempts. Lauren Casey had team-high assists.

For Barton, Esty Flores had a game-high 21 points and seven assists. Ashlea Foster had 17 points and six rebounds. Jamila Johnson notched 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Destiny Hamlim chipped in with 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Bobcats will return to action Wednesday, January 13th when they host Converse in Williams Gymnasium.