Photo courtesy of Jacob Turner
BOONE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team fell in exhibition action at Appalachian State on Saturday (Nov. 3) by a score of 82-54.
Game Summary - The Bobcats led 16-15 after one quarter, shooting 40 percent from the floor in the opening frame. The scoring began with a triple from Markia Stacey on LMC's opening possession, before Pre Stanley got two points back for App State at the free throw line. Another bucket from Stanley would put the Mountaineers up 4-3, before Meg Crawford would score a second-chance bucket to get the Bobcats back in the lead at 5-4. The media timeout would come and go before the scoring picked up in the opening quarter. Bayley Plummer and Alexis Ammons would trade layups, before Plummer would score an old-fashioned three-point play on the following possession. With just under six minutes to play in the opening quarter, Stacey would knock down a jumper to tie the game at nine, before Brea Forbes would knock down a long ball at the halfway point of the frame to put the Bobcats up 12-9. A second consecutive triple from Forbes would get the Bobcats their biggest lead of the quarter at 15-9, before App State would score six of the quarter's final seven points to end the frame.
App State would win the second quarter 23-15 en route to a 38-31 halftime lead. After a free throw from Stanley tied the game at 16, a good pair from the stripe from Alexis Ammons would put LMC back up by two. Tierra Wilson would knock down a long ball to put the home team back up by one, before a three-pointer from Stacey would put the Bobcats back in front 21-19. After a layup from Ashley Polacek and a jumper by Mackenzie Blankenship tied the contest at 23-all, App State would go on an 8-0 run that spanned just under two minutes to stretch their lead to 31-23. A long ball from Forbes got the Bobcats back within five with under five minutes to play, before the teams would go quiet for a little over a minute. Polacek would get the mountaineers their first double-digit lead of the afternoon with a three-pointer and a layup to make it 36-26, before Destiny Johnson would knock down a three-pointer of her own to get the deficit back to seven. A layup by Jordan Soares in the final minute would get the Bobcats within five, before two good free throws from Lainey Gosnell would send the game to the half.
Appalachian State would not relinquish their double-digit lead in the second half, out-scoring LMC 22-13 in the third quarter and 22-10 in the fourth to get the win in the exhibition contest.
Stats Rundown - The Bobcats shot 30.8 percent (20-65) from the field, 33.3 percent (8-24) from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (6-9). Forbes and Stacey each finished with a team-high 11 points, while Ammons contributed eight points and Blakenship chipped in seven. Six other Bobcats contributed in the scoring column in the contest. LMC pulled down 34 total rebounds in the game, with 11 on the offensive end and 23 on the defensive end. Crawford and Forbes each pulled down a team-high six boards, while seven other Bobcats were also active on the glass. Four different Bobcats recorded assists in the game, while Lakitia Basnight blocked two shots and Forbes also swiped four steals.
Up Next - The Bobcats open up the regular season next weekend (Nov. 9-10) in the Conference Carolinas-Peach Belt Conference Challenge, taking on host Young Harris on Friday (Nov. 9) and North Georgia on Saturday (Nov. 10).