Lees-McRae women fall in tournament
by Staff Reports
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Lees-McRae's Lavana De Souza and Alyssa Munson registered double digits in scoring, but the Bobcats' offense couldn't get on track in a 46-37 loss to King in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinal.
The Tornado (17-10) held Lees-McRae to a season-low 37 points and 24 percent shooting from the floor. The Bobcats (12-16) defense was just as impressive while holding King to a 27.6 percent shooting clip.
Both offenses were stagnant out of the gate while each went scoreless for over three minutes in the first 10 of the game.
Lees-McRae climbed out to a 7-2 lead after a Tayler Collins bucket followed by a Lauren Lewis 3-pointer.
King's Chelsea Bowling completed a traditional three-point play to tie it at 9-9 with 9:02 remaining in the first half.
Once again, both teams hit a spell of three minutes without a point.
Kerri Belcher chipped in with four points in the final six minutes while the Tornado' Bonnie Durrett scored the team's final six points of the half.
King held a 17-15 lead at the half while Lees-McRae shot 19.2 from the floor in the first half. The Tornado didn't fare well either by shooting 20.6 percent in the first 20 minutes.
King used a 13-5 run to stretch the lead to 30-20 in the second half, following a pair of Alley Sprouse free-throws.
Collins and De Souza knocked down a pair of shots to trim the deficit to seven, 32-25 with 10:38 remaining. Sprouse struck again for consecutive buckets to give King its biggest lead of the game, 39-26.
Lees-McRae would claw back into it after Lewis knocked down a jumper and De Souza hit the backend of a pair of free-throws. However, King's Tia Keitt drained four free-throws to ice the game.
Munson and De Souza each scored 10 points while Belcher led both teams with 11 rebounds. Sprouse paced the Tornado with 12 points while the defense forced 22 turnovers.
The Bobcats saw Lewis, De Souza, Icey Patterson, Kasey Hayes and Natlija Cakarevic played their final collegiate game.