Photo courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae women's basketball team captured an 83-74 victory over visiting Livingstone College on Saturday (Nov. 17) in front of a packed Williams Gymnasium.
First Quarter - The Bobcats won a fast-paced first quarter 19-16, in which Livingstone jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a long ball from Darra Walker and a layup from Asia Green. The Bobcats got on the board when Brea Forbes split a pair at the line, before Lakitia Basnight would score a layup to make it 5-3. A jumper from Walker would make it 7-3 three and a half minutes in, before Meg Crawford netted a second-chance layup to get the home team back within one bucket. Kedra Bradley's split pair of free throws left it a three-point game, before a triple from Destiny Johnson knotted the game at eight with five and a half minutes to play in the first. Dasia Harris and Forbes would trade layups to leave the game tied at 10, before a second straight Forbes layup got the Bobcats their first lead of the game at 12-10. With three and a half minutes to play in the first, Breana Hardnett knocked down a triple to extend their lead to five before Forbes would score again to stretch the lead to seven. After a quiet two minutes for the Blue Bears, I'Keya Bland got the visitors back in the game with a layup to get LMC's lead back down to five. A Harris jumper with just under two minutes got the Blue Bears back within one possession, before a Crawford bucket got the Bobcats back up by five. The final points of the opening frame came on Harris's layup with 21 seconds left in the frame.
Second Quarter - LMC would win the second quarter 18-13 and take an eight-point lead to the half. Alexis Ammons began the second quarter with a jumper to get LMC back up by five, before another Harris layup kept the teams separated by three points. After about a minute of no scoring, Markia Stacey knocked down a jumper to get LMC up 23-18 before Jade Porter netted two points for the Blue Bears. Another Harris bucket three minutes into the second got the Blue Bears within one, before she split two at the free throw line minutes later to tie the game at 23. A Crawford layup would put the Bobcats back up by two, before two Bradley free throws would tie the game yet again with five and a half minutes to play in the half. As the halfway point of the quarter came and went, buckets from Crawford and Stacey got the Bobcats back up by four before the teams went quiet for about two and a half minutes. A Mackenzie Blankenship triple with under two and a half minutes to play put the Bobcats up by seven, before a Bradley jump shot would stop the cold spell for Livingstone with two minutes to play in the half. The Bobcats got a huge shot from Breanna Hardnett when she drilled a triple with just over a minute to play in the half, as the half ticked down into its final minute. Inside the final minute, Crawford would make two free throws to extend the lead to 10 before the final bucket of the half was a jump shot from Bradley with 33 seconds left.
Third Quarter - LMC out-scored Livingstone in a furious 27-25 first quarter, that began with two free throws from Blankenship after a technical foul was issued to Livingstone at the end of the first half. Crawford and Kyala Searcy would trade buckets to leave the teams separated by 10, before Crawford and Harris would trade scores over the next few possessions. One good free throw from Stacey followed by two good foul shots from Bradley got the game back to single digits, before Harris and Crawford traded buckets again to leave the teams nine points apart with just over two minutes gone in the third. A Crawford jumper around the three-minute mark got the game back to double-digits, before Green and Blankenship would trade scores to leave the game where it was. The Bobcats would maintain their double-digit lead for a two-minute span in the third, before a Livingstone bucket got the game back to single-digits. Livingstone would get within as few as four points in the later stages of the third quarter, but the Bobcats led by 10 headed to the final quarter.
Fourth quarter - The Bobcats would stretch their lead in the final frame to as many as 14, keeping Livingstone at a distance as few as eight.
Stats Rundown - LMC shot 43.5 percent (30-69) from the floor, 30.0 percent from downtown (6-20) and 70.8 percent from the charity stripe (17-24). Crawford led the scoring effort with a career-high 27 points, while Forbes also poured in 13 points in the win, while seven other Bobcats scored in the win. The Bobcats won the battle of the boards 53-51, with 39 rebounds on the defensive end and 14 on the offensive end. Individually, Crawford and Forbes completed their double-doubles in the rebound category, with Crawford snagging a team-high 12 and Forbes pulling down 11. It was the first double-digit rebound effort for a Bobcat since Jan. 13 of last season when Forbes pulled down 18 against Emmanuel (Ga.). Stacey also finished with a game-high eight assists on the night.
Up Next - The Bobcats are back at home on Monday (Nov. 19) when they take on Catawba in the game rescheduled from Thursday (Nov. 15). Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. at Williams Gymnasium.