Barton Squeezes Past Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK, NC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats dropped a Conference Carolinas contest to the visiting Barton College Lady Bulldogs, 68-57, at Williams Gymnasium Saturday afternoon. The Lady Bobcats fall to 4-10 (3-5 Conference Carolinas) while Barton moves to 8-5 (6-2).

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, only to see the visitors come back with a 7-0 run to take their first lead, 13-11. The Lady Bulldogs would increase their lead to seven before the Lady Bobcats would claw their way back to within one, going to halftime trailing 29-28.

The Lady Bobcats would tie the score at 43 and grab the lead briefly with twelve minutes remaining, only to see the Lady Bulldogs come roaring back to grab the lead for good with an 11-2 run and the score 54-46. The Lady Bobcats would draw to within four in the final minutes, however turnovers would eliminate any chance of closing the gap, forcing the home side to foul.

Senior Stephanie Mullinax (Etowah, TN) paced the Lady Bobcats offense putting up game highs in points and rebounds with 19 and 11 respectively. The Lady Bulldogs' Kendra Thomas (Virginia Beach, VA) matched Mullinax' game high with 19 points while teammate Esty Flores (Virginia Beach, VA) chipped in with 18.

Up next the Lady Bobcats hit the road for a pair of Conference Carolinas games next week at Limestone and Coker on Thursday and Saturday respectively.