Bobcats down Bluefield State for second straight win

BLUEFIELD, W.V. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team won its second straight game on Saturday (Feb. 9), defeating Bluefield State 58-46 on the road.

Game Summary - Bluefield State won a low-scoring first quarter 12-10. Lees-McRae jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the first four minutes and change, before Bluefield State would knot the game at six-all with just over four minutes to play in the quarter. Two layups from Alexis Ammons got the Bobcats back out in front 10-6, before the Blues scored the final six points over the remaining 2:49 to take their lead to the second quarter.

Lees-McRae would win the second quarter 15-9 to head to the locker room with a four-point lead. Lees-McRae would jump out to a 20-15 lead after an early run, before layups from Christina Long and Kylah Webb would leave the Bobcats up 23-19 with four minutes and change to play in the half. Webb would later knock down two free throws with 2:27 to play in the first half, before Jordan Soares scored a layup with 38 seconds left for the final points of the half. Lees-McRae led 25-21 at the break.

Lees-McRae would extend its lead in the game by winning the third quarter 15-11. The Bobcats would extend their lead to 30-24 with 6:23 to play in the quarter thanks to a Brea Forbes three-pointer, before there would be no scoring from either team for the next minute and a half. Bluefield State would trim the lead down to just two with less than three minutes to play, before Lees-McRae would out-score the Blues 8-2 in the final two minutes and change to take a 40-32 lead to the final 10 minutes.

Lees-McRae would hold their lead and extend it into double digits in the fourth quarter. The lead fluctuated between six and eight points for the first five minutes of the quarter, before the Bobcats were finally able to break through and get their lead into double digits. Lees-McRae extended the lead to 11 with 5:04 to play in the game with a bucket from Lakitia Basnight, and would stretch the lead to as many as 15 en route to the victory.

Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot 31.7 percent (20-63) from the field in the game, just 18.8 percent (3-16) from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent (15-20) from the foul line. Stacey led the Bobcats with 11 points, while Forbes also contributed 10. Eight other Bobcats recorded scores in the win. Lees-McRae pulled down 40 rebounds in the contest, with 12 on the offensive end and 28 on the defensive end. Forbes led the Bobcats on the glass narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds, while Basnight pulled down seven. Stacey was able to complete her first double-double of the season with 10 assists, becoming the first Bobcat to record double-digit assists since she herself accomplished the feat with 14 assists back on Jan. 10 against Mount Olive.

Up Next - The Bobcats (12-11, 8-7 Conference Carolinas) return to league play on Wednesday (Feb. 13) when they travel to rival King (Tenn.) to complete the season series. Tip-off for that game is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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Bobcats fall in three to Limestone

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team fell in three sets (13-25, 23-25, 17-25) to Limestone College Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium. The loss pushes Lees-McRae's overall record to 1-8 and 0-6 within Conference Carolinas.

Set 1 – The opening set went to the Saints thanks to an efficient offensive attack. As a team, Limestone attacked at a .391 clip on 23 attacks to go along with three aces. Lees-McRae, meanwhile, was held to a hitting percentage of -.083 in the frame. The disparity in hitting percentages led the Saints to a convincing 25-13 victory.

Set 2 – Lees-McRae rebounded to attack at a much better rate in the second set. The Bobcats upped their hitting percentage to .323 on 31 attacks. Limestone kept pace with the Bobcats hitting .360. With both teams attacking well, the score was knotted at 16 different points. The last of these ties occurred at 22-22. Following that point, the Saints scored two of the next three to take the second frame, 25-23.

Set 3 – Limestone and Lees-McRae continued their efficient offensive attack in what proved to be the final set of the afternoon. The difference in the third proved to be Limestone's work from the service line. The Saints totaled six aces in the third set alone, which accounted for nearly all of their winning margin, 25-17.

Stat standouts – Leading the way for the Bobcats Saturday was the trio of Drew Sims, Isaac Reed and Tyler Dorfman. Sims led the team with eight kills to go along with five digs. Reed and Dorfman, meanwhile, both attacked higher than .300 for the match on 14 and 16 attacks, respectively.

Next up – Lees-McRae will be back in action next Friday when it heads to Mount Olive for another league matchup. First serve for that contest is set for 7 p.m.

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Softball set to open 2019 season Sunday at Anderson

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College softball team will lift the lid on its 2019 season this Sunday with a trip to Anderson (S.C.) for a doubleheader. The pair of games are set for 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. first pitches.

Preseason poll – Lees-McRae was picked to finish fifth in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll late last month. The trio of Kara Cunningham, Noel Cassidy and Caitlyn Ray were selected as players to watch for the team this spring.

2019 Bobcats – The 2019 Bobcats will have several familiar faces on the diamond this spring. Overall, there are 12 players returning from last year's squad. Lees-McRae has added nine newcomers to compete for playing time this spring.

Long road ahead – With their first 18 games of the season set to be played away from Banner Elk, the Bobcats hope to build upon their success away from home in 2018. Lees-McRae won nine true road games last spring, which is the most for the program since it won 10 such contests back in 2011.

About Anderson – The Trojans have already played six games this season, and they sport a record of 4-2. Anderson has come out of the gates hot offensively hitting .368 as a team with 29 runs scored. Kayson Boatner has led this charge for the Trojans hitting .600 with two home runs and seven RBI to date.

Series history vs. Anderson – Lees-McRae and Anderson are no strangers to each other as they have met a total of 23 times since 2006. The Bobcats trail in the series 7-16 since that season. The two teams split a twin bill last spring with the Bobcats winning one contest 1-0 and the Trojans coming out on top in the other, 5-4.

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