Women's Basketball

Truesdale Drops Game-High 19 Points in Loss at Barton, 66-57

Truesdale Drops Game-High 19 Points in Loss at Barton, 66-57

WILSON, N.C. --- Senior Kabrina Truesdale scored a game-high 19 points and senior teammate Kerri Belcher swiped a game-high 11 rebounds, but the Lees-McRae women's basketball team dropped a 66-57 decision to Conference Carolinas foe Barton Friday evening at Wilson Gymnasium in Wilson, N.C.

The Bulldogs (8-10, 7-4 CC) used an 18-point performance from Shatisha Dukes while Kaila Lea pestered LMC with seven steals. The Bobcats (5-13, 4-8) dominated the boards (37-26) while dishing out 14 assists.

BC's defense stymied LMC while holding it without a basket for 6:30 to creep out to a 15-5 lead at the 11:30 mark.

Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) scored three consecutive buckets for the Bobcats, but a Lea steal and three-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 23-12 advantage.

Junior Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) tallied a pair of buckets, but BC knocked down a pair of threes in a 29-second span to take a 33-20 lead into the break.

The Bulldogs forced 19 first half turnovers while connected on five shots from behind the arc.

The Bobcats' Niroska Perez (Asheville, N.C.) and Mackenzie Blankenship (Elizabethton, Tenn.) sunk a three ball before a Blankenship jumper cut the deficit to five, 37-32.

Blankenship tallied 14 points on the evening.

A Truesdale jumper made it 44-42, but BC responded with a three from Shadawn Clanton to push the lead back to five.

LMC shot a blistering 57.7% from the field in the final 20 minutes.

Lea splashed two crucial threes to extend the advantage to nine, 59-50, with 3:07 remaining.

Truesdale sunk a pair of free throws, but BC was able to stave off the rally in the waning moments.

The Bobcats travel to Mount Olive Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. for a CC game.

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