Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team dropped their Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 18) contest to visiting Lenoir-Rhyne by a score of 85-55.
Game Summary - Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 15-0 lead over the first five minutes, before Mackenzie Blankenship got the Bobcats on the board with a long ball. The Bears responded with another eight straight points, before Alexis Ammons made one of two free throws. Lees-Mcrae out-scored Lenoir-Rhyne 7-2 over the final minute and a half, but L-R still led 27-11 after one quarter.
Lees-McRae won the second quarter 17-14, but still trailed by double digits at the half. An early 6-1 run in the first part of the second stretched the Bears' lead, before Lees-McRae would claw back into the contest. Trailing by 15 four minutes into the quarter, an Ava Bethea layup followed by a bucket from Meg Crawford cut the deficit to just 11 with four minutes to play in the half. Lenoir-Rhyne would out-score Lees-McRae 9-6 to end the half.
After a layup by Madi Suddreth as the first bucket of the second half, a quick Lees-McRae run cut the deficit to just eight points two and a half minutes into the frame. A jumper from Lakitia Basnight, a triple from Markia Stacey and a layup from Crawford put the Bobcats back within striking distance at 43-35. The Bears would go on a run of their own from there and stretch their lead to as many as 23 in the quarter to head to the final 10 minutes with a double-digit lead.
Lenoir-Rhyne extended their lead further in the fourth quarter, out-scoring Lees-McRae 25-15 over the final 10 minutes.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot 31.7 percent (20-63) from the field, 39.3 percent (11-28) from long range and 50.0 percent (4-8) from the foul line. Stacey led all Bobcats with a 21-point effort, while eight others scored in the contest. Lees-McRae pulled down 25 total rebounds in the contest, with six on the offensive end and 19 on the defensive end. Bethea led the effort on the glass with five boards, while 11 others were active on the glass for Lees-McRae. Stacey and Destiny Johnson each had a team-high four assists in the game.
Up Next - The Bobcats (5-6, 2-2 Conference Carolinas) return to league play after the New Year on Jan. 2, when they travel to Barton College. Tip-off for that contest is set for 5:30 p.m., and video and live stats will be available at lmcbobcats.com.