LMC Women Down Erskine
Lees-McRae women's basketball seniors Lauren Lewis (28) and Icey Patterson (18) produced season-highs in points while LMC clipped Erskine, 73-69, in Conference Carolinas action Saturday afternoon at
Belk Arena in Due West, S.C.
The Bobcats (11-11, 8-5 CC) picked up their second road win on the year and claimed sole possession of fourth place while forcing 22 turnovers. The Flying Fleet (12-9, 7-6) were swept by Lees-McRae this season by a combined of five points while Raygon Hendrix went off for 21 points.
Lewis (Concord, N.C.) came out on fire while knocking down her first eight shots boosting LMC to an early 26-19 lead. Natalija Cakarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) chimed in with four points, two rebounds and a steal.
Erskine responded with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes despite only knocking down two field goals during the stretch.
Senior Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) drained a pair of free-throws with 1:08 remaining, but the Flying Fleet ended the half on a 5-0 run thanks a trey from Rosa Powell and a jumper from Andrienne Bannerman while the Bobcats held a slim two-point advantage, 37-35.
Both squads shot 44% from the floor in the first 20 minutes while Lewis had 20 points.
EC would take its first lead of the evening thanks an 8-0 run to start the second half.
Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) would score 10 of the Bobcats next 14 points before a Lewis three-point while LMC retook the lead, 54-45.
The Bobcats would continue to apply pressure and secure their largest lead of the game (10), thanks to efficient free-throw shooting.
The Flying Fleet would inch back with a 10-1 run and hold the Bobcat offense scoreless for the next 3:30, 65-64.
Junior Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) converted an oldfashion three-point play to snap the drought while Patterson knocked down four free-throws to salt away the victory.
The Bobcat defense held strong in the second half by holding EC to 32.3% from the floor. Lewis has recorded double figures in five consecutive games while Patterson shot an efficient 6-of-8 from the floor.
Junior Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while LMC held the advantage on the glass (47-39).
The Bobcats seeks their fourth win in six games with a trip to North Greenville Wednesday at 5:30 in Tigerville, S.C.
Triple Overtime Buzzer Beater Shocks Bobcats
Lees-McRae men's basketball junior Jacquise Moore enjoyed his third 20-plus point performance of the season, but LMC fell in heartbreaking fashion thanks to a Mike Gabbard buzzer beater in triple overtime at Erskine, 76-74, Saturday afternoon at Belk Arena in Due West, S.C.
The Flying Fleet (12-8, 6-5 CC) rebounded from a 13-point deficit in the second half while Roderick Perkins produced a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds). The Bobcats (6-16, 1-10) played lights out defense in the first half by allowing a season-low 15 points.
LMC connected on four consecutive shots while four different players chimed in with a bucket on its way to a 20-6 lead in the first 10:49.
A Mike Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) three-pointer and DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) jumper extended the Bobcat lead to 16, 28-12, but LMC fell cold and went scoreless the final 4:08 of the first half.
Erskine shot a miserable 16% in the first 20 while LMC knocked down five three-pointers.
Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) drained a three at the 15:16 mark, but the Flying Fleet responded with a 13-0 run over the next 5:32.
Moore (Concord, N.C.) would rip off a personal 5-0 run to end the drought and push the Bobcat lead back to four, 39-35.
Darius Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) connected on a three, but EC replied with a 9-0 run thanks to a Gabbard triple and would hold its largest lead of the game, 51-46.
The Bobcat defense clamped down and held EC scoreless for the final 4:02 while a Smith jumper with 24 seconds remaining in regulation tied it at 51.
Neither team could catch much breathing room in the first overtime while the Flying Fleet was able to convert two LMC turnovers into five points.
Both squads struggled in the second OT while each connected on one field goal and Moore hit a free-throw to knot it at 64.
Perkins hit a three at the 2:10 mark of the third overtime to give EC a five-point advantage. The Bobcats stormed back while Moore exploded for seven points.
An LMC turnover with five seconds left paved the way for Gabbard, who hit a runner as the buzzer sounded.
Moore paced the Bobcats with 21 points, nine boards and four steals while Tutton had 13 points. LMC forced 17 turnovers.
Gabbard led Erskine with 25 points while Chris Gore swiped a game-high 15 rebounds. Despite the three extra sessions, only six players registered a point.
The Bobcats return to action with a trip to North Greenville Wednesday at 7:30 in Tigerville, S.C.
Bobcats Track Posts 12 Top 10 Finishes At Mountaineer Open
Lees-McRae senior pole vaulter Evan Webb won an individual title while a dozen LMC student-athletes earned top-10 finishes at the Mountaineer Open over the weekend at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, N.C.
Webb (Salisbury, N.C.) claimed the title when he cleared 15 feet, 2.25 inches to pace the field.
Freshman Erin Bingham (Jefferson, N.C.) continued her impressive freshman campaign with a third-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.80 seconds. She shaved .05 off of her qualifying time while Southern Wesleyans Jessica Maggio earned the win.
Sophomore Devante Scott (Hopkins, S.C.) cruised to a top-10 finish when he claimed eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.25. Junior Joshua Soto matched his Bobcat teammate with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a blistering time of 23.43.
Moyock, N.C. representatives Rachelle Cleveland and Kayla Powell notched top-10 finishes while finishing fourth and eighth, respectively, with throws of 36-02.25 and 33-11.25 in the womens shot put.
Powell grabbed 10th in the weight throw with a heave of 32-08.50.
On the mens side, Devan Mackey (Hickory, N.C.) and Joshua Godwin (Pleasant Grove, N.C.) finished 4th and 10th, respectively, with throws of 39-09.75 and 32-04.25 in the mens weight toss.
Senior Persephanie McRae (Brooklyn, N.Y.) continued to improve this season by clearing 4-11.75 in the womens high jump to earn an 8th-place finish.
Freshman counterpart Cody McNeely (Salisbury, N.C.) finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a clip of 2:05.48.
Jasper, Ga., native Tyler Dunn scorched his next closest competitor by 15.16 seconds while notching a sixth-place finish in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:32.54.
The quartet of Razhede Highsmith (Gastonia, N.C.), Charles Coleman (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Scott and Soto finished third in the mens 4x300 with a time of 2:35.99.
The Bobcat squads return to action next Friday when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to participate in the UCS Invitational.
LMC Softball Comes Up Short At Brevard
Lees-McRae freshman Celeste Sheppard scorched a game-tying RBI single in the top of the sixth of game, but Brevard College responded while sweeping LMC in a doubleheader, 5-2 and 3-2, Saturday afternoon in nonconference action at Brevard Softball Field in Brevard, N.C.
The Tornados (4-0) staved off a pair of sixth inning rallies despite coming at least two errors in each game. The Bobcats (0-8) cranked out 10 hits after only producing 12 in the first six games of the season.
BC scored early and often in the opener while the first three runners reached base and a Dallas Heaton RBI double gave the Tornados a 1-0 lead before recording an out.
BC's Casey Whitaker (1-0) helped her own cause with a RBI groundout. Heaton would come around to score after a Kinsey Parrish stolen base drew a throw to second and extended the lead to 3-0.
The Tornados would cap off the scoring spree with another RBI groundout from Ally Davenport.
Whitaker struck again when she recorded her second RBI groundout for an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth.
LMC would crack the scoreboard when Sadie Lagle (Harmony, N.C.) smoked a RBI double down the line plating Sarah Stallings (Greensboro, N.C.). Lagle would make it a 5-2 game when she tapped the dish when Sheppard reached on an error.
Sheppard (East Julian, N.C.) (0-4) took the loss after going the distance and allowing five earned runs. Amanda Decker (Apex, N.C.) led the offense with two hits.
The Tornados would enjoy first-inning success in the second game when they took a 1-0 lead following a Heaton RBI triple.
BC would plate another run in the bottom of the third thanks to a RBI bunt single from Brittany Fowler.
The Tornados threatened later in the inning, but a remarkable hose from Stallings nailed a BC runner trying to score on fly ball.
LMC would tie it in the sixth with a pair of runs. Lori Fulmer (Prosperity, S.C.) would reach on an error, advance to second on a hit, steal third and plate the Bobcats first run on an errant throw.
Sheppard delivered the game-tying hit with a hot shot to second and plated Lagle.
However, BC loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning and a Michelle Ray RBI single would be the difference, despite Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) escaping the jam without further damage.
Dutton (0-4) was the tough luck loser while tossing six innings and allowing one earned run.
LMC returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Lincoln Memorial for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. in Harrogate, Tenn.
Photo Courtesy: Icey Patterson, LMC Athletics