As the #8 seed, Lees-McRae College hosted #9 seed Coker College Monday evening in first round action of the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Tournament, falling 78-60 to the Lady Cobras. The Lady Bobcats finish the season with a 10-18 record, after finishing the year 8-12 in conference play. Coker finished the year 5-15 in conference play and improved to 8-20 overall with the win.
The Lady Bobcats got on the board first with Dianca Jones making back to back field goals for the early 4-0 lead. Rebecca Kolbeck answered back for Coker with a three to cut the Lady Bobcat lead to one. A short jumper from Brittany Roberson put the Lady Bobcats ahead three, after which Lees-McRae began applying a full court press. Kolbeck turned the ball over with a bad pass and Jones capitalized, nailing a long jumper from behind the arc to give the home side a 9-3 advantage. Henna Koponen got two back for the Lady Cobras with a field goal, but Roberson, (pictured top left), spotted up once more for the easy deuce after receiving a pass from Cameron Crapps with 12:36 to play. The Lady Bobcats would maintain four and six point leads until the eight minute mark, as the Lady Cobras went on a 12-5 run to tie the score at 17 with a three pointer from India Elliot. Temeca Spain would nail both of her attempts from the charity stripe to give Coker their first lead of the game 19-17, igniting a 13-2 run from the visitors. Spain would drain a field goal to give the Lady Cobras the 21-17 edge before Cortney Furr would also go two for two from the line to draw the home side to within two. Elliot put the nail in the coffin with four bombs from behind the arc to cap a 16-2 run, giving Coker the 33-19 lead with 1:35 to play in the half. Amber Benfield would make two field goals, while Elliot made one of her own to send the Lady Cobras into halftime leading 35-23.
Jones would get the rebound of her own three point attempt for the put back while Renee Roberson scored the put back off of another Jones field goal attempt to draw the Lady Bobcats to within eight. Lotta Aaltonen gave the visitors a double digit lead again with a mid range jumper before Spain fouled Brittany Roberson on her way up for an easy deuce on the Lady Bobcats next possession. Roberson spilt her attempts, then made a huge block on Spain and gained the rebound as the Lady Bobcats looked to make up ground. Jones was good for the long two to cut the Lady Cobras lead to seven, however it would be as close as the home side would come, as Elliot and Aaltonen made a field goal and a three respectively to give Coker a 12 point lead 42-30 with just under fourteen minutes to play. A 15-5 run by the Lady Cobras put things out of reach, as Coker cruised to the first round win to move on to the quarterfinals against #1 seed Pfeiffer Wednesday evening.
Elliot led the Lady Cobras with a game high 25 points, with all five of her three pointers coming in the first. Aaltonen added 15 points and 10 rebounds while Spain was good for 13 points as well as 13 boards. Kolbeck also pulled down double digit rebounds with 11 and also contributed nine points.
Brittany Roberson had a team high 11 rebounds and 12 points
while also adding four blocked shots, one short of tying the school
record she set one week ago to the day against Limestone. Jones
led the Lady Bobcats in scoring for the sixth straight game with 21
points and ten rebounds.
The loss was the second straight to the Lady Cobras, after losing in Saturday's season finale just two days ago. Lady Bobcat seniors Jones, Taukia Hughes, Amber Benfield and Amanda Huffaker all played in their final games in green and gold.