Women's Basketball

Strong second half propels Young Harris past Lees-McRae, 76-52

Caitlin Brown scored a season-high 14 points Wednesday against UMO.
Caitlin Brown scored a season-high 14 points Wednesday against UMO.

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Mountain Lions scored 48 points in the second half to knock off the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team Saturday afternoon by a final score of 76-52. The loss moves LMC's record to 0-3.

LMC went inside early and often in the opening quarter. The Bobcats scored all of their points in the opening period in the paint and used that strong inside game to open a 19-8 lead on the Mountain Lions after the first quarter. In total, four different Bobcats got on the scoreboard in the opening frame, but Brea Forbes led the way with seven points.

After not making a three-point shot in the opening quarter, Young Harris knocked down a trio of triples in the second to trim the Bobcats' lead a bit. YHC ended up outscoring LMC 20-14 in the frame, but Lees-McRae still held a 33-28 lead going into halftime.

The Bobcats got their lead back out to nine points in the third, but Young Harris rallied to take the lead for the first time in the game with 2:33 remaining, 42-41. The Mountain Lions extended their lead to 50-45 going to the fourth quarter.

Young Harris kept the pressure on the Bobcats in the opening minutes of the fourth as it went on a 14-0 run to begin the stanza. By virtue of that run, the Mountain Lions got out to a 19-point lead over LMC, 64-45. The deficit proved too much for Lees-McRae as it ultimately fell by a final score of 76-52.

Next up for the Bobcats is not only their home opener, but their conference opener. LMC will take on Converse College Tuesday evening with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m. from Williams Gymnasium.

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