BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Brea Forbes and Markia Stacey combined for 21 points, but the Lees-McRae women's basketball team fell in an offensive struggle against North Greenville, 55-45, in Conference Carolinas action Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Crusaders (8-16, 6-11 CC) had a trio of players with a dozen points or more, including a game-high 14 from Cameron Carter. The Bobcats (7-17, 6-11) forced 15 turnovers while Caitlin Brown (Kingstown, N.C.) led all players with nine rebounds.
Senior Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) was honored after the contest as part of Senior Day.
Collins tallied LMC's first bucket with a layup at the 8:34 mark.
Four different Crusaders scored in the early going while a layup from Tyler Powers made it 10-7.
The Bobcat defense held NGU without a point in the final 3:36 of the opening quarter while a triple from Breana Hardnett (Greensboro, N.C.) and a basket from freshman Alexis Ammons (Asheville, N.C.) put LMC up 13-10 after one.
Both offenses were sluggish to open the second and combined for three made field goals in the first 7:26.
Sophomore Mackenzie Blankenship (Johnson City, Tenn.) splashed consecutive three pointers after Stacey (Morganton, N.C.) nailed one of her own in a one-minute span while LMC took a 24-19 lead into the break.
Stacey connected on another shot from deep to open the third quarter, but it was the Bobcats lone field goal of the frame.
NGU outscored the home squad 21-8 in the third while Powers registered eight points.
Forbes (Freeport, Bahamas) and Stacey scored six points early in the fourth to help cut the deficit to six, 46-40.
Brown hit a jumper with 4:19, but NGU finished the contest on a 7-3 run.
Forbes (11) and Stacey (10) paced the offense.
The Bobcats welcome Pfeiffer Monday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. for a CC battle in Williams Gymnasium.
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