Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team fell in the Conference Carolinas tournament quarterfinal at the University of Mount Olive on Monday (Mar. 4) by a score of 74-60.
Game Summary - The Bobcats took a 19-16 lead through the first quarter, after Mount Olive jumped out to a 6-2 lead through two minutes and change. The Bobcats would tie the game at six just before the four-minute mark, before the two teams would end up deadlocked at 10 with four minutes to play in the quarter. The two teams would trade buckets in the final two minutes and change to send the teams to the second quarter.
Mount Olive won the second quarter 18-13 to take a 34-32 lead to the half. The teams played to a 21-21 tie in the first two minutes and change of the second quarter, before Mount Olive would stretch their lead to six just past the halfway point of the frame. Mount Olive would take a five-point lead into the final minute of the quarter, with the frame going down to its final possession. Markia Stacey rushed the ball up the floor and fed an open Destiny Johnson at the top of the key. Johnson knocked down a three-pointer at the horn to send the teams to the half separated by just two points.
Mount Olive would win the third quarter 15-11 to take a six-point lead to the fourth. The teams started the third quarter slow, having the game tied 36-36 four minutes into the frame. Mount Olive led by just three heading into the final two minutes of the third quarter. After two Markia Stacey free throws cut the deficit to just two, the Trojans were able to extend their lead to six in the final minute of the quarter.
After a three-pointer from Stacey cut the deficit to just three in the first 15 seconds of the fourth, Mount Olive went on a run to extend their lead to 10 two and a half minutes in. The Bobcats were able to trim the lead to five with just under six minutes to play, before the Trojans regained their 10-point lead with 4:45 to play. The Trojans were able to hang on to at least a 10-point lead for the remainder of the game.
Stats Rundown - The Bobcats shot 37.7 percent (23-61) from the floor, 30.0 percent (6-20) from long range and 57.1 percent (8-14) from the foul line in the game. Stacey's 21 points led the team and tied a game-high, while Forbes also added 12 on the night for Lees-McRae. Mount Olive won the battle on the glass 40-35, while Lees-McRae was led in the rebounding effort by Alexis Ammons with 12 which marked a new career-high for the senior. Finally, Forbes became the new all-time leader in career games played, logging her school record 113th game in Lees-McRae Green and Gold. She breaks the record that had been held by Courtney Furr, who played at Lees-McRae from 2005-2009. Ammons is tied for second on that list with Furr, after playing in her 112th career game tonight. Stacey and Mackenzie Blankenship also finish their careers in the top 10 in career games played with 108 each.
This concludes the 2018-19 women's basketball season.