Women's Basketball

Scrappy Defense; Ammons' 15 Boosts Women's Hoops Against Emmanuel (Ga.), 69-62

Scrappy Defense; Ammons' 15 Boosts Women's Hoops Against Emmanuel (Ga.), 69-62

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Alexis Ammons scored 15 points off the bench while leading the Lees-McRae women's basketball team to a 69-62 win against Emmanuel (Ga.) Saturday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas contest at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Bobcats (5-11, 4-5 CC) shot an impressive 51.7% in the second half while the defense stymied the Lions (9-6, 5-4) offense in the opening half and held it to 29%.

EC's Mikayla Trombley led all players with 23 points while her team held a 56-37 advantage on the boards.

LMC's Caitlin Brown (Kingstown, N.C.) and Brea Forbes (Freeport, Bahamas) both finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Both offenses struggled in the first quarter, but, a jumper from Mackenzie Blankenship (Johnson City, Tenn.) gave the Bobcats an 8-7 lead.

Freshman Markia Stacey (Morganton, N.C.) drained a three before a Forbes layup put LMC up 13-9.

Ammons (Asheville, N.C.) and Breana Hardnett (Greensboro, N.C.) were responsible for LMC's first 12 points of the second quarter.

Hardnett drained a shot from beyond the arc, giving coach Michele Williams' squad a 25-17 advantage.

EC's Timia Reynolds sank a pair from the charity stripe while LMC held a 28-23 lead at the intermission.

Reynolds finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

She scored five consecutive points and cut the deficit to three, 36-33, in the third.

Brown and Ammons produced a 7-0 run, stretching the lead back to 10, 43-33.

After the Lions shaved the deficit to six, Forbes connected on a clutch three with 8:53 left in regulation.

Consecutive buckets from Brown and Ammons gave the Bobcats their largest lead of the day, 61-49.

Trombley rattled off five points in the final minute, but her efforts were too late while solid free-throw shooting from LMC iced the win.

Stacey led all players with six assists while EC's Mya Moss grabbed 10 rebounds.

LMC travels to Barton Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a CC tilt in Wilson, N.C.

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