December 5, 2009

Montgomery’s 21 Points Gives Lady Bobcats First Win, 74-71, Over Knights

Box score

LAURINBURG, N.C.-Lees-McRae College finished the game on a 10-4 run and was led by Colette Montgomery, who had a game-high 21 points, to boost the Lady Bobcats to their first win of the season, 74-71, over the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Knights Saturday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas game.

A sophomore forward, Montgomery scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting to lead the Lady Bobcats (1-4 Overall; 1-1 Conference). SAPC (1-4; 0-2) sophomore counterpart Megan Lee bucketed a season-high 19 points including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range.

In a seesaw battle that featured nine ties and 17 lead changes, neither team was able to build more than an eight-point advantage throughout the 40 minutes.

Freshman Jessica Blair triggered a rally with a made three-pointer that deadlock the contest for the final time at 67-67. The Bobcats then made 5-of-6 free throws to pull out to a five-point lead with 74 ticks left.

Byrd-Davis got the offensive board and quickly put up a lay-up from the left side but her attempt clanked off the iron, and Lauren Casey secured the rebound. Casey was immediately fouled with two seconds left; she made her first free throw; and then she intentionally missed her second free throw to not allow St. Andrews to get off another shot.

St. Andrews held a slim 46-44 rebounding advantage .

Lees-McRae shot 42.6% from the field and 31.3% from the behind the arc, compared to SAPC's marks of 38.0% from the floor and 29.4% from three-point distance.

Montgomery added seven rebounds and four assists to her game-high 21 points. Casey canned 15 points; Jessica Blair deposited 13; and sophomore Amber Coleman (Alexandria, Va.) tallied 10. Freshman Zukye Smith (Chesterfield, Va.) corralled a team-high nine rebounds while Casey handed out a game-high six assists.

Lees-McRae hosts non-conference King College on Thursday at 6 p.m.