Tornados fall in heartbreaking fashion against Coker, 69-68, in SAC action

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BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team fell to Coker, 69-68, in the closing seconds on Saturday nights South Atlantic Conference (SAC) contest at Boshamer Gymnasium.

Heidrun Kristmundsdodottirs’ three point shot with 10 seconds left put the Cobras (10-14, 6-12 SAC) ahead by one point over the Tornados (7-15, 5-13 SAC). Brevard turned the ball over on an offensive foul with a second left and was unable to get an opportunity to make a final attempt to tie or win the game.

The game was tied three times over the final 10 minutes of the game as neither team was able to pull away. The Tornados were ahead by five with 9:32 remaining but Hailey Yohn nailed a three before Lakeria Crowder tied the game on back-to-back free throws.

Taylor Hiatt put the Tornados up by two with a layup but Lyric Levester answered with a jumper of her own to tie the game again. Shelby Wolfe again put the hosts up by two and then a steal by Hiatt and a fast-break layup by Madison Lenox extended Brevard’s lead to 57-53 with 5:48 left.

The teams went back and forth over the final minutes of the game before Nicole Graham put Brevard up 68-66 with 1:21 remaining before the Cobras sunk the winning basket with 10 seconds to play.

The Cobras opened the contest on a 15-4 run over the first five and a half minutes before the Tornados answered with a 17-6 run of their to tie the game at 21 with 8:27 remaining in the opening half. Both teams went back and forth over the final minutes of the half as the game saw two more ties before the Cobras went into the half with a 34-33 lead.

Both teams were neck and neck over the first 5:14 before the Tornados built a 46-39 lead thanks to a Hadara Bannister three pointer with just over 12 minutes remaining. However, Brevard saw that lead disappear over the next two plus minutes before the game was tied at 51.

Lenox led the Tornados with 25 points and six rebounds while Wolfe scored a season-high 15 points. Lynsey Crisp scored 10 points while Hiatt had seven points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Priscilla Fenty and Kiara Shoats each scored 15 points for the Cobras while Fenty brought in six rebounds. Kelley Godbout had 11 points while Tanesha Stenson scored 10.

The Tornados had their fourth best shooting day all-time in the NCAA era (2008-09 season-present) with a 53.2 percent clip from the field on 25-of-47 shooting while holding Coker to 35.2 percent. Brevard also was 9-of-19 from three point range good for 47.4 percent, which was its second best during this year.

The Tornados look to snap a two-game losing streak and stay in the hunt for a playoff spot with four more regular season games, beginning with Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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