Photo courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team got back in the win column with a 92-73 effort over visiting Montreat College at Williams Gymnasium on Monday (Nov. 26).
The two teams started the game slow, before ending the first quarter tied at 20. They played to a 5-5 deadlock in the first four and a half minutes before the scoring would pick up later in the quarter. After Markia Stacey and Caleigh Raby traded three-pointers, Katie Dillon would get the Cavaliers back on top with a triple of her own with just under six minutes to play in the quarter. The Bobcats would tie the game with under five minutes to play, before taking a brief lead on one Meg Crawford free throw. The scoring and the lead fluctuated before Taylor Fluette drilled a three-pointer to knot the game at 18 with a minute and a half to play in the frame. A layup from Arianna Williams and a jumper from Mackenzie Blankenship inside the last minute would be the final bucket for each team in the quarter.
LMC took control of the game in the second quarter, doubling up Montreat and then some 25-12 in the frame to lead 45-32 at the break. The Bobcats went on a 13-0 run over the first four minutes to set their lead at 33-20, starting with a jumper from Alexis Ammons 44 seconds into the quarter. Tiana Shuff would connect from downtown for a five-point lead, before Fluette would add to her total with a triple to make it 28-20 two minutes in. Destiny Johnson would get in on the scoring with a bucket at the 3:35 mark, before Fluette would sink another long ball just over three minutes into the frame to force a Montreat timeout. Raby and Brea Forbes would trade buckets about a minute apart, before a Crawford layup would get the Bobcats back up by 12. A three-pointer around the three-minute mark from Jessyka Leak got the game back to single digits, before the half would tick down into its final two minutes. An old-fashioned three-point play from Crawford would get the game back to 12 points, before a jumper from Crawford would pad the lead further with 1:45 to play in the half. The Bobcats would extend their lead to as many as 15 in the final minute of the half, before Mackenzie Starnes scored a late bucket for Montreat.
The Bobcats would win the third quarter 21-17 and the fourth 26-24, all while maintaining their double-digit lead for the entire second half. LMC led by as many as 23 in the second half.
The Bobcats shot 43.6 percent (34-78) from the floor, 41.7 percent (10-24) from beyond the arc and 70.0 percent (14-20) from the free throw line. Four Bobcats scored in double figures in the win, led by a game-high 17 from Crawford. Stacey added 14 in the contest, while Fluette shot perfect on the night for 11 points and Ammons also chipped in 10. Seven other Bobcats scored in the win. LMC out-rebounded Montreat 52-42, with 31 rebounds on the defensive end and 21 on the offensive end. Crawford led the Bobcats and finished one board shy of a double-double effort with nine, while Johnson pulled down eight and Ammons grabbed seven. Eight other Bobcats were active on the glass in the game. Johnson led the blocking effort with two, while Stacey recorded a game-high four steals. Forbes had the hot hand on helpers tonight, assisting on a team-high six Bobcat buckets.
The Bobcats open up Conference Carolinas play on Saturday (Dec. 1) at Emmanuel (Ga.). Tip-off for that contest is slated for 2:00 p.m.