Coker too much as Tornados fall 69-54 in SAC play

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team dropped its first contest in 17 days, falling to South Atlantic Conference (SAC) foe Coker, 69-54, on Saturday afternoon in Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium. It was the Tornados’ (2-7 overall, 1-5 SAC) first contest of 2015 and first since a December 17, 2014 against Converse.

Tornados junior Katie Williams led all scorers with 18 points and also grabbed two rebounds while sophomore Madison Lenox finished with 15 points.  Senior Taylor Hiatt finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

Junior Shelby Wolfe and freshman Ariadna Simon each had four points. Wolfe also had seven rebounds and Simon had three assists.

The Cobras (6-6 overall, 2-5 SAC) were led by Kiara Shoats, who finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and two assists.  Tanesha Stenson had 11 points and nine boards while Hailey Yohn had nine points and five assists.

Cobras open a 14-0 lead in the first seven minutes before Brevard finally got on the scoreboard. Williams broke the shutout with a jumper before the Cobras went up 22-2 midway through the game. The Tornados went on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes to come within nine points.

Hiatt and Simon scored nine of the 14 points during the run including a three-pointer made by Hiatt.

The Cobras went up by double digits again with a 7-2 run of their own for a 30-18 lead with 4:16 left in the half. Lenox and Hiatt helped the Tornados come within four points with a lay-up and back-to-back three-point attempts to make it 30-26 with 2:29 remaining. The Cobras, however, finished the half scoring nine unanswered points to head into the half up 39-26.

The Cobras came out strong in the second half building a 49-28 lead in the first 4:49 of the second half. The Tornados came within 17 points on a jump shot by Lenox right at the midway point as they were down 56-39.

The Tornados went on a 12-4 run over the next 5:23 to cut the lead to within 12. Williams knocked down a three followed by a Lenox layup to make it 63-51 with 3:37 left. However, Brevard was unable to come within single digits the rest of the game and held to just one made free throw and a layup as the Cobras held on for a 69-54 victory.

Brevard shot 38.9 percent from the field on 54 attempts compared to Coker’s 45.9 percent on seven more attempts.  Coker also had a key 25-17 edge on points off turnovers, including a large 19-11 tilt in the first half.  They also had 12 second chance points and a 45-25 advantage on the boards, including 15-15 on the offensive side.

Brevard take on the Pioneers of Tusculum in Greeneville, Tennessee on Wednesday, January 7.  The game is slated for 6 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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