Tornado rally for 74-69 win over Bobcats

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The King College women's basketball team placed three players in double figures, and rallied from a 10-point deficit late in the second half en route to a 74-69 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

King (12-9, 8-9 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 47.2 percent in the contest, including a 54.8 percent clip in the first half, while holding Lees-McRae (8-12, 6-11 CC) to a mark of 39 percent on the night. The Tornado won the battle on the glass by a 42-33 margin, including a 32-23 advantage on the defensive boards, while knocking down 6-of-13 attempts from beyond the arc.

Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) and Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) each posted a game-high 16 points to pace the Bobcats, as De Souza recorded squad-bests of six assists and four steals. Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.), Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.), and Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) each added eight markers; Munson and Belcher both chipped in a team-high eight rebounds.

Stephanie Brantley led the way for King with 15 points off the bench, while Alley Sprouse added a double-double with 10 markers and a game-high 10 rebounds. Chelsea Bowling chipped in 11 markers, as Bonnie Durrett and Brooke Johnson each posted nine points. Johnson also recorded a game-high seven assists for the Tornado.

King jumped out to an early 10-6 lead before the Bobcats responded, taking a 14-12 advantage on a Lewis triple with 13:34 to play in the half to cap an 8-2 spurt. The Tornado would counter with an 11-5 run, reclaiming the lead at 23-19 following a layup and a trey from Brantley with 11:06 left on the clock.

After Lees-McRae answered with a 4-0 spurt to even the tally at 23-23, King responded with an 8-2 run to claim a 31-25 lead on a Kelly Jackson jumper at the 6:39 mark. Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) quickly countered with a triple to kick-start an 11-4 run for the Bobcats, a spurt which was capped by a trio of Lewis free throws to give LMC a 36-35 advantage with 2:43 left on the clock.

King responded once again with an 8-4 spurt, taking a 43-40 lead into the intermission following a late Durrett triple and a buzzer-beating lay-in by Mikki Oliver. Lees-McRae would answer in the early moments of the second half, opening the period with an 11-4 run to claim a 51-47 advantage on a Lewis trey with 15:01 to play.

The Bobcats would push the margin to 62-53 on a Flowers triple at the 11:25 mark, and after Brantley countered with a three-point play, responded with a 4-0 spurt to stretch the lead to a game-high 10 points at 66-56 following a Truesdale layup with 8:44 to play.

King answered with a 12-3 run, cutting the advantage to 69-68 on an Oliver jumper with 3:33 to go, before taking its first lead of the second half following a freebie by Allison Bosse at the 1:13 mark. The Tornado would close out the win from there, knocking down four late free throws to equal the final margin of 74-69.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Wilson, N.C. to take on Barton College at 5:30 p.m. in conference play.

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