The King College women's basketball team erased a narrow halftime deficit on Monday night en route to a 55-52 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play, putting together a 28-17 run in the second half.
King (2-13, 2-4 CC) posted a field goal percentage of
37 percent on the night, including a 52.9 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (5-7, 1-5 CC) to a mark of 32.1 percent in the contest. The teams finished the night even on the glass, as each squad tallied 37 rebounds in the contest.
Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) led the way for the Bobcats with 10 points, while Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) added nine markers with a trio of three-pointers. Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) and DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) each tallied eight points, while Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) and Patterson chipped in game-highs of nine rebounds and four steals, respectively.
Brooke Johnson paced the Tornado with a game-high 16 points, converting 14-of-16 attempts at the free throw line, while Kalen Collins added 10 markers on 4-of-6 shooting. Mikki Oliver, Alley Sprouse, and Allison Bosse each chipped in six points, while Oliver and Collins both posted a team-high six rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, combining for a 16-for-57 clip in the first half. Lees-McRae started strong, scoring the game's first seven points and pushing the lead to 20-11 on a Patterson jumper with just over three minutes left on the clock. The Tornado answered with a 10-4 run over the final three minutes, cutting the lead to 24-21 heading into the intermission.
Lees-McRae responded in the early moments of the second half, pushing the lead to 35-27 with a triple by Candace Flowers at the 15:04 mark on the heels of an 11-6 run. King countered following a media timeout, answering with a 9-0 run to claim a narrow 36-35 advantage on a pair of Collins freebies with 10:55 to play.
After Waters converted the put-back to put the Bobcats up 37-36, the Tornado launched a 10-3 run to open a 46-40 lead on a Bosse jumper with 6:12 to play. The Bobcats would cut the lead to 50-49 on a critical triple by Flowers with less than two minutes left on the clock, capping a 6-2 spurt before Johnson converted a quartet of freebies to push the margin to 54-49 with 25 ticks remaining.
Whitaker answered for the Bobcats 11 seconds later, knocking down a long three-pointer to cut the margin to 54-52 before Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) forced a jump ball and change of possession with nine ticks left, giving the Bobcats a chance to tie or take the lead. King's defense then came up big on the in-bound play, denying the pass and forcing the turnover to clinch the victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Tigerville, S.C. to take on North Greenville University at 5:30 p.m. in a conference showdown.
KING 55, LMC 52
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae.................... 24 28 - 52
King.......................... 21 34 - 55
LMC: COLEMAN 2, TATE 10, PATTERSON 8, PARKER 3, BELCHER 6 (9 REBOUNDS), WHITAKER 9, FLOWERS 6, WATERS 8 (6 REBOUNDS). FG: 18-56, 3FG: 6-19, FT: 10-16. 37 REBOUNDS, 15 TURNOVERS, 4 ASSISTS.
KING: KEITT 4, OLIVER 6 (6 REBOUNDS), JACKSON 5, KINSER 2, SPROUSE 6, BOSSIE 6, JOHNSON 16, COLLINS 10 (6 REBOUNDS). FG: 17-46, 3FG: 0-5, FT: 21-26. 37 REBOUNDS, 15 TURNOVERS, 4 ASSISTS.
Tornado Sweeps By Bobcats, 72-51
Eddie Piccinini poured in a game-high 19 points to lead the league-leading King College men's basketball team to a 72-51 victory over Lees-McRae College on Monday night in Conference Carolinas play.
King (14-3, 5-0 CC) ran its win-streak to five games to open its conference schedule, posting a field goal percentage of 43.1 percent on the night, including a 54.2 percent clip in the second half. The Tornado won the battle on the glass by a 40-35 margin, including a 14-12 advantage on the offensive boards, while holding Lees-McRae (3-11, 3-3 CC) to a 36 percent mark from the floor in the contest.
Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) added 10 markers of his own. Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) chipped in six points and a team-high six boards, while Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) posted nine markers and three assists.
Piccinini led all scorers with 19 markers on 6-of-13 shooting, going 6-for-8 from the charity stripe while hauling down five rebounds. Lio Gedeon added a game-high 13 rebounds, while Brian Hewitt and Brandon Goss chipped in 13 points each.
King led wire-to-wire, opening an early 26-5 lead in the first half on a Hewitt triple with 8:15 to play in the period. The Bobcats answered with an 18-6 run, closing the gap to 32-23 heading into the intermission following a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Lamot that was set up by Sepokas.
The Tornado responded in the second half, starting the period with a 13-4 run to open a 45-27 lead on a pair of freebies from Michael Fortune at the 14:28 mark. Lees-McRae would trim the margin to 11 at 50-39 following a Lamot jumper before King regained control, answering with a 20-4 surge to put the game out of reach on a triple by Logan Lyle with 3:04 to play.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Tigerville, S.C. to take on North Greenville University at 7:30 p.m. in a conference showdown.
KING 72, LMC 51
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae.................... 23 28 - 51
King.......................... 32 40 - 72
LMC: LAMOT 12, SEPOKAS 9, TILLMAN 4, BATTLE 10, HENRY 6 (6 REBOUNDS), LOPEZ 2, BROWN 6, SAINT MARC 2. FG: 18-50, 3FG: 5-21, FT: 10-18. 35 REBOUNDS, 22 TURNOVERS, 8 ASSISTS.
KING: GEDEON 3 (13 REBOUNDS), PICCININI 19, FORTUNE 7, HEWITT 13, GOSS 13, HENDRICKS 2, LYLE 9, GREER 6. FG: 25-58, 3FG: 9-26, FT: 13-19. 40 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS, 8 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Daniel Sepokas, LMC Athletics