March 1, 2014

Offensive Woes Trouble Bobcats in Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal, 46-37

BRISTOL, Tenn. --- Lees-McRae senior Layana De Souza and sophomore Alyssa Munson registered double digits, but the LMC offense couldn't get on track in a 46-37 loss to King in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinal powered by OrthoCarolina at the Student Center Complex in Bristol, Tenn.

The Tornado (17-10) held LMC to a season-low 37 points and 24% from the floor. The Bobcats (12-16) defense was just as impressive while holding King to a 27.6 clip.

Both offenses were stagnant out of the gate while each went scoreless for over three minutes in the first 10 of the game.

LMC climbed out to a 7-2 lead after a Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) bucket followed by a Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) three-pointer.

King's Chelsea Bowling completed a traditional three-point play to tie it at 9 with 9:02 remaining in the first half.

Once again, both teams hit a spell of three minutes without a point.

Junior Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) chipped in with four points in the final six minutes while the Tornado' Bonnie Durrett scored the team's final six points of the half.

King held a 17-15 lead at the half while LMC shot 19.2% from the floor. The Tornado didn't fare well either while shooting 20.6% in the first 20 minutes.

King used a 13-5 run to stretch the lead to 10, 30-20, following a pair of Alley Sprouse free-throws.

Collins and De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) knocked down a pair of shots to trim the deficit to seven, 32-25 with 10:38 remaining.

Sprouse struck again for consecutive buckets to give King its biggest lead of the game, 39-26.

LMC would claw back into it after Lewis knocked down a jumper and De Souza hit the backend of a pair of free-throws.

However, King's Tia Keitt drained four free-throws to ice the game.

Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) and De Souza had 10 points while Belcher led both teams with 11 rebounds.

Sprouse paced the Tornado with 12 points while the defense forced 22 turnovers.

The Bobcats saw Lewis, De Souza, Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.), Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) and Natlija Cakarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) play their final collegiate game.

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