Tornados Falls to Regionally-Ranked North Georgia in Non-Conference Action

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team trailed by as little as six points with just over four minutes to go but fell short to regionally-ranked North Georgia, 56-42, on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hall in non-conference action.

The Nighthawks (6-0), who were ranked fifth in the latest Southeast Region poll, went on a 10-2 run over the final 3:43 to escape the Tornados (0-3) and remain perfect in the early season, holding Brevard to one field goal during that time.

Chelsea Turner was one of two Tornados in double-figures, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal while Madison Lenox had 10 points and a team-leading nine boards. Katie Williams and Claudia Arcega each grabbed six rebounds, while Williams also had seven points and dished out two assists. Hadara Bannister finished with six points and also had two assists and steals.

Brevard just went six of 30 from the field in the first half but then shot 36% in the second half, going nine-for-25, and also shot 41.7% from beyond the arc in the second half. The Tornados also had a better 3-point % than North Georgia, shooting 30% from 3-point range while the Nighthawks shot 21.7% from there.

The Tornados had a 17-0 edge in bench points as well and only trailed in total rebounds by 10 as North Georgia had 46. The teams were even in steals as each had eight while the Tornados had a three-two advantage in blocks. Brevard also was perfect from the charity strip going 6-for-6.

In the first half, the Tornados trailed by as many as 10 in the opening 9:11 before trimming the lead to seven in the final 2:20 as neither team recorded a point over the final minutes of the first half as  it ended with the hosts up 22-15.

In the second half, North Georgia built a 13 point lead in the first 3:23 before Lenox and Nicole Graham hit consecutive shots to cut the lead to eight as the score was 30-22 with just over 15 minutes left. The Nighthawks then kept a cushion of at least nine points up until the five minute mark as they answered every Brevard shot to keep their distance.

Brevard came within six points with 4:03 remaining as Turner nailed a 3-pointer moments earlier and Lynsey Crisp knocked down two free-throws but the Nighthawks finished the game three field goals and four free-throws while holding the Tornados to just one lay-up by Williams.

North Georgia had received points from all of its starters while four of them had double-figures. Molly Rainwater led all scorers with 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Kelsey Hutchins had 12 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks while Stephanie Huffman had 11 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

The Tornados wraps up their short road trip tomorrow against USC Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina for a 3 p.m. start.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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