The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats basketball team was unable to hold on to a 15 point halftime lead, falling to Converse College in non-conference action 91-80 in overtime. The Lady Bobcats fall to 5-10, (3-6 CVAC) with the loss while Converse improves their record to 4-20.
The Lady Bobcats came out strong in the first half, leading by as much as 17 with less than three minutes to play in the period while shooting 50% from the floor. Dianca Jones would lead the attack in the first with 10 points. Cameron Crapps' jumper at the first half buzzer gave the Lady Bobcats a 39-24 lead heading into halftime.
The second half was all Converse. The All-Stars scored 54 second half points while shooting a remarkable 75% from the floor. Converse went 6 for 7 from behind the arc in the second half. The All-Stars chipped away at the Bobcats lead, but Lees-McRae was able to hold on. A lay up by Converse' Carla Kantara with 5:08 to play tied the game at 65. The Lady Bobcats would regain the lead courtesy of two Taukia Hughes free throws however; Kantara would strike again to give Converse their first lead with 3:26 to play when she drained two free throws. Victoria Valentin's three pointer put the visitors back on top, but the lead would not stand. After Kathlyn McClain scored a lay up, the All-Stars' Lauren Mueller would tie the game at 73 making good from the charity stripe. After a missed shot by the Lady Bobcats, Kantara grabbed the rebound and made buried a field goal, giving the home side their second lead of the game. Trailing 78-75 with 19 seconds to play, Valentin again buried from behind the arc to send the game into overtime tied at 78.
In the overtime period, the All-Stars took over. Converse held the Bobcats to only two points in the overtime, both from the free throw line. The All-Stars scored 13 points in the extra stanza.
Valentin, (pictured top left), scored 12 points to lead the Lady Bobcats while Stephanie Mullinax added 11.
McClain led the home side with a game high 26 points while Mueller had 17 points and a game high 9 rebounds. Ashley Arff added 15 points, while Kantara chipped in with 14 points.
The loss evened the season series between the two teams at a game a piece, with each team winning on home court.
The Lady Bobcats will look to regroup on home court when Erskine
College visits Williams Gymnasium Thursday evening for a
Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference contest. Tip off is set for