BANNER ELK, N.C. - Lauren Casey, who scored 33 points, and Colette Montgomery, who scored 20 points, accounted for 67 percent of the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats offense in the team's 79-63 win over the Coker College Lady Cobras Saturday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game in Williams Gymnasium.
Casey, who flirted with a quadruple-double, final stat line read: 33 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and six steals. The 33 points is a career-high for the senior guard. She was 11-for-22 from the floor, 5-of-9 from three-point range and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Montgomery finished 9-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free throw line and grabbed seven rebounds. Janina Thurua added 11 points for the Lady Bobcats by going 4-of-8 overall and 3-of-5 from three. Thurua added four steals on defense.
For the Lady Cobras, Lotta Aaltonen scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Henna Koponen notched 15 points and seven boards.
The game started with the two teams trading baskets over the first nine minutes of play were there were six lead changes and four ties before a Koponen field goal gave the Lady Cobras a 19-18 advantage. The Cobras then extended the leal to 29-20 at the 8:48 mark, but the Lady Bobcats rallied to tie the game at 29 on two Sophie Witte free throws two minutes later. The Lady Bobcats closed out the half on a 21-5 run to take a 41-34 lead into the half.
After the break, Lees-McRae pushed the lead to ten, 48-38, with 17:46 left on a Casey three, and again to ten, 54-44, four minutes later on a Casey field goal. A Thurau three extended the lead to 57-44 off a Casey assists and again to 13, 67-54, on a Casey field goal six minutes later. The Lady Bobcats pushed the lead to 16, 76-60, when Casey knocked down her final basket of the night on an Amber Coleman assists with 4:06 on the clock. The Lady Bobcats took their largest lead of the match of 17 points, 79-62, when Erin Thompson hit a free throw, but the Cobras score the final point of the game on free throw to give the game the final score of 79-63.
With the win, Lees-McRae improves to 2-9 overall and 2-5 in the conference, while the Cobras fall to 2-10 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
In the night cap, the men's basketball team defeated Coker, 73-64, marking the first time since February 20th against Limestone when the two teams both won their game in same day of a conference doubleheader. The women won 71-68 and the men won 73-57 that day against the Saints.
The Lady Bobcats will play Lady Saints for their next game on Monday at Limestone with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m.