Five players scored in double figures to lead the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a 95-31 win over visiting Hiwassee College on Monday evening in Williams Gymnasium.
Lees-McRae (2-0) shot 52.1 percent from the floor, including a 54.3 percent clip in the second half, while limiting Hiwassee (2-2) to a 22.6 percent mark from the field on the evening. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 55-27 margin, including a 40-22 advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 29 Tiger turnovers into 36 points.
Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) and Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with 12 points each,
while Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) added 11 markers and Nataljia Cakarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) each posted 10 points. Cakarevic and Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) each posted a game-high nine rebounds, while Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) chipped in a contest-best nine assists and four steals.
Britnie McDannald nearly recorded a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds for Hiwassee, as Bethany Allen added 10 markers and seven boards.
Lees-McRae led wire-to-wire, jumping out to an early 19-4 lead on a jumper by Amber Coleman (Alexandria, Va.) with 12:34 left in the first half. The Bobcats would close out the first half strong, outscoring the Tigers by a 17-3 margin over the final eight and a half minutes to take a 40-16 lead into the intermission.
The Bobcats stormed out of the gate in the second half, pushing the lead to 57-17 with a 17-1 run before stretching the lead to 77-26 on a jumper by Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) at the 6:53 mark. Lees-McRae then closed out the game with an 18-5 run, capping the scoring on a Coleman layup with less than a minute to go.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Milligan College at 6 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats defeated the Buffaloes by a 70-54 margin in an exhibition game at Milligan on Nov. 8.
LMC 95, HIWASSEE 31
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HIWASSEE 16 15 - 31
LMC 40 55 - 95
HIWASSEE: ALLEN 10 (7 REBOUNDS), STRINGER 4, LOCKETT 2, McDANNALD 11 (9 REBOUNDS), BELL 2, CROSS 2. FG: 12-53, 3FG: 3-17, FT: 4-8. 27 REBOUNDS, 29 TURNOVERS.
LMC: PARKER 11 (7 REBOUNDS), WITTE 3 (9 REBOUNDS), WHITAKER 12, FALTUS 6, PATTERSON 12 (5 ASSISTS), COLEMAN 8, CAKAREVIC 10 (9 REBOUNDS), TATE 2, FLOWERS 8, HAYNES 6, WATERS 7, BELCHER 10. FG: 37-71, 3FG: 3-16, FT: 18-25. 55 REBOUNDS, 14 TURNOVERS.
Lions Rally By Bobcats, 90-78
The Mars Hill College men's basketball team outscoring Lees-McRae College by a 51-31 margin in the second half to surge past the Bobcats en route to a 90-78 win in non-conference action on Monday evening in Williams Gymnasium.
Mars Hill (1-2) shot 55.8 percent from the floor on the night, including a scorching 61.5 percent clip in the second half, while winning the battle on the glass by a 36-27 margin and converting 24-of-32 attempts at the free throw line. Lees-McRae (0-2) shot 51.5 percent overall, including a 61.8 percent clip in the first half, while converting 19 Mars Hill turnovers into 29 points.
Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) nearly recorded a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds to pace the Bobcats, as Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) chipped in 13 points, four assists, and four steals. DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) and Corey Young (Bluff City, Tenn.) added 12 and 10 points, respectively, as Young and Will Lopez (Sydney, Australia) chipped in four and three assists, respectively.
Sammy Emile poured in a game-high 29 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including a 10-for-13 night at the charity stripe, to go along with eight rebounds. Terrell Harris added 27 points off the bench, as Cody King scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Petar Kostic also chipped in eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Lees-McRae got off to a strong start in the first half, opening the game with a 28-16 run over the first eight and a half minutes and capping the surge with an emphatic fast break dunk by freshman BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.).
Mars Hill would respond with a 20-11 run, closing the gap to 39-36 on a pair of freebies by Harris at the 3:22 mark. The Bobcats answered with an 8-3 spurt over the final three and a half minutes of the period, as Lamot knocked down a jumper with four seconds on the clock to send the Bobcats into the intermission with a 47-39 lead.
The Lions came out firing in the second half, opening the period with a 24-8 run to take a 63-55 lead on a jumper by Kostic at the 12:36 mark. Mars Hill would dictate play for the next several minutes, pushing the lead to 76-60 on a Harris layup on the fast break at the 8:14 mark.
With the scoreboard reading 83-67 in favor of Mars Hill with 4:20 to play, the Bobcats launched an 11-3 run to cut the margin to 86-78 on a pull-up triple by Lamot with 45 ticks left on the clock. Mars Hill would cut the rally short in the final minute, holding the Bobcats off the scoreboard to hang on for the victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to take on Gardner-Webb University at 7 p.m.
MARS HILLS 90, LMC 78
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MARS HILL 39 51 - 90
LMC 47 31 - 78
MARS HILL: KOSTIC 8 (10 REBOUNDS), EMILE 29 (8 REBOUNDS), KING 17, ANDERSON 4, GREENE 3, HARRIS 27, PATTON 1, MARETT 1. FG: 29-52, 3FG: 8-17, FT: 24-32. 36 REBOUNDS, 19 TURNOVERS.
LMC: TILLMAN 12, HENRY 18 (9 REBOUNDS), LOPEZ 6, YOUNG 10, LAMOT 13, BATTLE 9, EPPLY 6, URBINA 2, OJI 2. FG: 34-66, 3FG: 5-17, FT: 5-11. 27 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS.
Photo Courtesy: Chloe Parker, LMC Athletics