GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Freshman Alexis Ammons poured in a team-high 14 points, but the Lees-McRae women's basketball team fell to Mars Hill, 73-58, in a SAC/CC game Saturday afternoon in Greeneville, Tenn.
The Lions (1-1) exploded for 24 points in the fourth quarter while Paige Chavis led all players with 20 points in the contest. The Bobcats (0-2) forced 19 turnovers while Caitlin Brown (Burns, N.C.) led all players with 12 rebounds.
Ammons (Asheville, N.C.) ignited her scoring performance with a layup with four minutes remaining in the first before Brea Forbes (Freeport, Bahamas) drained a long three to give LMC an 11-6 lead.
Chavis got rolling and went on a 5-0 in 19 seconds to knot it at 11.
Following a pair of Ammons buckets, MHU's Genice Lane knocked down a three with 20 seconds to go, giving the Lions a 16-15 lead after one quarter.
Both offenses struggled early in the second while neither would score a bucket for the first 3:21.
Bobcat freshman Markia Stacey (Morganton, N.C.) drove the lane and made a layup to end the drought.
Stacey was the only player on either team to play all 40 minutes.
Coach Michele Williams' defense stayed strong and didn't allow a field goal in the second quarter until a Brittany Dixon triple at the 5:13 mark.
The Lions took a 29-25 lead into the last minute of the quarter, but sophomore duo Mackenzie Blankenship (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Brown recorded buckets, giving LMC a 30-29 lead at half.
The Bobcats stretched the lead to five, 34-29, after layups from Breana Hardnett (Greensboro, N.C.) and Stacey.
MHU's Lane sparked a 10-0 run with five consecutive points.
The Lions used their momentum to take a 43-36 lead after a pair of Chavis layups.
Forbes and Stacey helped LMC cut the lead to two in the last 90 seconds of the third.
The Lions pulled away in the fourth with strong defense and allowed only four five goals for LMC.
MHU went 7-of-15 from the field in the fourth and was 8-for-12 from the charity stripe.
Blankenship and Stacey had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Hardnett paced both teams with seven assists.
The Bobcats welcome Lincoln Memorial Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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