BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Senior Tayler Collins dropped a team-high 15 points and Brea Forbes added 13, but the Lees-McRae women's basketball team lost a tough battle to Barton, 73-62, in overtime of a Conference Carolinas tilt Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bulldogs (10-12, 8-7) took advantage of a 23-point outburst from Alex Kimble while Caila Carter and Kianna Wynn grabbed 13 rebounds each. The Bobcats (7-15, 6-9) had a quartet of players in double figures while Caitlin Brown (Kingstown, N.C.) snagged 13 boards.
BC outscored the Bobcats 42-21 in the second and third quarter.
Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) tallied five points in 64 seconds before consecutive buckets from Markia Stacey (Morganton, N.C.) put LMC up 13-9.
Coach Michele Williams' defense was strong throughout the first quarter and didn't allow a field goal the final 6:50 of the frame and no points for the final 4:13.
Freshman Breana Hardnett (Greensboro, N.C.) corralled a rebound after a missed jumper and scored on the putback while LMC led 21-14.
The Bulldogs bit back with a 14-2 run in a span of 4:32 to take a 28-23 lead.
With 1:10 remaining the second, Forbes (Freeport, Bahamas) drained a deep three to cut the deficit to two, 28-26.
Both teams exchanged buckets in the waning moments of the half.
Each team made one three-pointer in the first half.
Five consecutive points from Kimble put BC up 37-30 in the early going of the third quarter.
Both offenses became stagnant while neither team made a field goal for over three minutes.
Forbes and Kimble exchanged triples before scoring on layup while the Bulldogs took a 52-40 advantage into the fourth.
Sophomore Mackenzie Blankenship (Johnson City, Tenn.) sparked a fourth quarter comeback with a pair of threes before an impressive and-one play from Brown cut the deficit to five, 59-54.
The Bobcats' Alexis Ammons (Asheville, N.C.) drove and scored on a layup, 59-58.
BC's JerBria Smith missed the backend of a pair of free throws with 1:31 left to keep it a two-point game.
Smith fouled Stacey with seven ticks remaining. Stacey calmly sank a pair from the charity stripe to tie it at 60.
The Bulldogs owned the overtime period by allowing one made field goal and outscoring LMC 13-2. BC went 7-of-8 from the free throw line and 3-of-5 from the field in the extra period.
Stacey and Blankenship finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Forbes notched four steals.
LMC treks to Mount Olive for a CC game Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Mount Olive, N.C.
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