Brevard wins second straight game with a 77-47 win over Converse

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team picked up its second straight regular season win by downing Converse, 77-47, on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference match-up in Boshamer Gymnasium.

Sophomore Madison Lenox led all scorers with a career-high 28 points and also grabbed eight rebounds for the Tornados (2-6). Lenox was 9-for-12 from the field, including a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc and also dishing out four assists.

Senior Taylor Hiatt 16 points and seven boards, while junior Shelby Wolfe had 14 points with five rebounds.

Junior Hadara Bannister had nine points, two assists, and two rebounds while freshman Claudia Arcega grabbed eight rebounds. Classmate Kelsie Rhyne had six points.

Kelcee Dozier led the Valkyries (1-5) with 13 points and nine rebounds while Christhea Mitchell had 10 points. Logan Hollis had eight points and four boards.

The first half started out well for the hosts as they built a 20-9 lead with a little more than eight minutes left in the opening period. Lenox knocked down a three-pointer with 8:46 left and then Arcega had a nice hook shot in the lane a few seconds later.

However, Converse would not go quietly in the opening stanza as they went on a 19-7 run to close out the half. Mitchell's buzzer-beater as time expired gave Converse its first lead of the game as they went into the half with a 28-27 lead.

The teams opened the second half trading back baskets as the game was tied at 32 with just 1:27 gone by. But Brevard would eventually take the lead and never relinquish it for the remainder of the game. They went on a 20-7 run as just under nine minutes had passed in the half to go up 52-39.

Converse cut the lead to 10 with 8:28 remaining in the game as Brevard led 56-46 but the Tornados defense didn’t give up a field goal for the remainder of the game and the

Tornados went on a 21-1 run to close out the game. Lenox started the run by knocking down a three and then the team hit five free throws and a Hiatt fast break layup to build a 20 point lead with 4:31 left.

The lone point for Converse came with a free throw with 55 seconds left but the Tornados were already up 74-47 and finished the scoring with three free throws to finish the game with a 30 point lead.

The Tornados held Converse to 26.8 percent shooting in the game while they shot 51.2 percent from the field and had a 43-29 advantage in rebounds, including 34-18 on the defensive side. Brevard also scored 25 points off turnovers and had 16 fast break points, compared to four for the guest. They also shot 80 percent from beyond the arc.

The Tornados return to action after the new year on Saturday, January 3 in Hartsville, South Carolina to face South Atlantic Conference foe, Coker. The game is the first of a double-header that begins at 2 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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