Tornados defeated by third regionally-ranked team of the season in Anderson

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BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team were within four points at the half, before regionally-ranked Anderson pulled away for a 67-48 victory, on Wednesday night in Boshamer Gymnasium during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action. The Trojans were also ranked eighth in the latest Southeast Region poll.

Junior Katie Williams led Brevard (0-5, 0-2 SAC) in scoring with 14 points. Williams also had three rebounds and an assist. Classmate Shelby Wolfe had 12 points and a team-leading six boards. Sophomore Madison Lenox had eight points, three steals, and two rebounds.

Anderson  (4-1, 3-0 SAC) was led by Alexis Dillard had 14 points, 13 of which came in the second half, and eight boards, which helped the her team build a second half lead. Heather Jankowy had 10 points while Sierra Simpson had eight points and 10 rebounds.

The key moment that gave the Trojans momentum came in the second half when Jankowy had a four point play. She knocked down a three-point shot and converted on her free throw before Dillard, who was also fouled, made a layup and knocked down the free throw to complete the three point play of her own for a 45-32 lead just 4:36 in.

The Tornados were held to just 16 points for the remainder of the game and never came within more than 11 points as the Trojans closed out the game on a 23-16 run.

Early on in the game, the Tornados held close as they had a lead in the opening minutes as Williams and Lenox knocked down teams first two shots of the game. The Trojans however came back to take the lead on a three-point attempt by Lesley Woods.

Brevard stayed in it early before cutting the lead to 17-14 by junior Hadara Bannister’s back-to-back made free throws as the game made it just over the halfway mark of the opening half. The score remained the same for the next three minutes. Brevard close out the first half only down 32-28 as they were down by as many as eight over the final five minutes.

Brevard only made 13 of 52 shots from the field but went 22-23 for a 95.7 free throw percentage, while also having a 12-11 edge in points off turnovers. The Trojans had a 23-18 advantage from the bench.

The Tornados return to action on Sunday, December 7 in Hickory, North Carolina to face the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip-off.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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