BANNER ELK, N.C. - Colette Montgomery tied a career-high with 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to earn her third double-double of the season as the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats fell to the Erskine College Flying Fleet, 70-62, Thursday night in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game.
Montgomery was 4-of-9 from the floor and hit 13 of her 16 free
throw attempts on the night. Her 15 rebounds were not only a
team-high but a game-high. Her first double-double of the season
came against North Greenville on December third when she scored 21
points and grabbed 17 boards and her second double-double game
against Pfeiffer on November 24th when she had 14 points and 13
Icey Patterson followed with 10 points and two assists for the Lady Bobcats. Lauren Casey and Amber Coleman added eight and seven points respectively for the Bobcats.
For Erskine, Aurdey Timmerman paved the way with 20 points and Porsha Morgan followed with 19 points. Mary Ann Lanford chipped in with 13 points. Twelve of Timmerman's 20 points came from behind the arc, and she grabbed a team high seven rebounds for the Flying Fleet.
After trading buckets over the first four minutes of the game, Erskine pulled away with a 15-2 run to make it 19-6 with 10:41 to play in the half. The run was capped off by a Jean Marie Harris old-fashion three-point play. Erskine took their largest lead of the half with just over three minutes to play with a 15-point lead, 32-17, on Timmerman three. The Flying Fleet carried a 13 point lead, 34-21, into the break.
Coming out of the locker rooms, Erskine quickly extended the lead to 24 points, 50-26, on a Morgan field goal with 16:03 remaining in the game. Over the remainder of the half the Lady Bobcats would scrap back and pull within seven points, 68-61, with a 9-0 run with 1:46 remaining. A Patterson three capped the run off, but the Flying Fleet closed out the game hitting their final three out of four free throws to win 71-62.
Neither team had a high shooting percentage in the game with Erskine holding a slight advantage, 38 percent compared to 37 percent for Lees-McRae. Erskine forced 38 turnovers, while Lees-McRae only forced 21 turnovers.
The Lady Bobcats will return to action Saturday at Williams Gymnasium when Barton travels up the mountain for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.