Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Emmanuel (GA) College erased a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team in Banner Elk, 69-64, Saturday afternoon. The loss is LMC's fifth straight dropping its record to 4-10 overall and 1-7 in league play.
Neither team started well offensively as neither shot above 35 percent in the first half. The little offense that the Bobcats had can be traced to their shooting from beyond the arc. Half of LMC's 12 field goals in the opening 20 minutes came on three-pointers. Brea Forbes notched three of these herself to finish the first with a team-high 10 points to go along with eight rebounds. Thanks to the efforts from Forbes and the rest of the Bobcats, Lees-McRae led the Lions, 33-23 after one half of play.
After shooting just 25 percent from the field in the first two quarters, the Lions looked like a different team in the third quarter. Emmanuel shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the third on its way to tying the score at 60-60 going to the fourth and final quarter.
The Bobcats were never out of reach of the Lions in the fourth as they never trailed more than two possessions. Emmanuel, however, got the lead with a little over eight minutes to go and never gave it back finishing off the comeback and the 69-64 win.
Forbes not only led Lees-McRae with a 24 points but she also paced the Bobcats on the glass with 18 rebounds. Her 18 rebounds matched a career-high for Forbes. Mackenzie Blankenship was the only other Bobcat to finish in double figures Saturday with 13 points. It marks the fourth time in the last six games that Blankenship has scored 10 points or more.
LMC will be back in action Monday at 2 p.m. when it hosts Erskine at Williams Gymnasium. The game is Community Appreciation Day for the Bobcats and admission is free for everyone.