Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team led by as many as 22 points Saturday afternoon at Converse College, but the Valkyries rallied back to not only force overtime but also knock off the Bobcats, 96-90. The loss pushes LMC's record to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in conference games.
LMC could seemingly do no wrong in the first 20 minutes of Saturday's contest. The Bobcats held the edge over the Valkyries in nearly every statistical category in the opening half, including on the scoreboard as they led, 43-24.
The Bobcats would extend their lead to a game-high 22 points at 50-28 with 6:56 to go in the third quarter. Following that point, however, the Valkyries seemed to ramp up the pressure defensively on LMC. Over the course of the last 16:56 of regulation, the Bobcats committed 16 turnovers. Converse took full advantage of these extra chances to outscore LMC 55-33 in the remaining time in regulation to force overtime, 83-83.
The momentum that Converse created for itself in the final 16 minutes of regulation carried over into the overtime period. The Valkyries scored 13 of the 20 points scored in the frame, including a 6-2 run to end the game and complete the comeback, 96-90.
Junior Brea Forbes did a little bit of everything for the Bobcats Saturday. Forbes scored 23 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, compiled six steals and blocked two shots. Not far behind Forbes' 23 points was a 21-point outing from Mackenzie Blankenship. Rounding out the double figure scorers for LMC Saturday were guards Markia Stacey and Karli Mason who totaled 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Lees-McRae will return to action next Saturday when it visits Limestone for a Conference Carolinas clash. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Saints is set for 2 p.m. from Gaffney, S.C.