Brevard holds on for an 80-75 win over Catawba in conference play

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BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball moved within one game of eighth place with an 80-75 victory over Catawba on Saturday afternoon in Boshamer Gymnasium during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play.

The Tornados (8-15, 6-13 SAC) also matched last season’s win total of six. They are now a game behind Mars Hill and the teams meet on Wednesday in a game that could possibly decide the final playoff spot. It was also the third straight win at home against Catawba (15-10, 12-8 SAC).

Katie Williams led Brevard with 19 points and nine rebounds while Madison Lenox finished with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Hadara Bannister finished with a season-high s17 points along with two rebounds and two assists.

Shelby Wolfe had 10 points while Kelsey Rhyne finished with five.  Jennifer Martin and Whitney DeMoss each had four points. Taylor Hiatt finished with two points but had four assists.

Jada Huntley led all scorers with 31 points and 11 rebounds for Catawba. Bri Johnson had 17 points and five rebounds while preseason All-SAC First Team selection Chloe Bully, who entered the game averaging 12.1 points per game, was held to just three points.

After trailing 4-3 in the first three minutes, the Tornados went on a 15-0 run to go up by 14, thanks largely to back-to-back three pointers by Bannister. The Indians came back with a 13-0 run of their own to come within one point with 9:02 left in the opening half.

After Williams stopped the scoreless drought for Brevard with a layup to put the hosts up 20-17, Catawba again went on an 11-1 run to increase its lead to seven with 4:21 left. The Tornados re-took the lead with 1:42 remaining on their own 10-2 run to go up 31-30 before going into the half ahead 35-34, thanks to a last second put back by DeMoss.

The Tornados went up 52-44 over the first 7:52 of the second half before Catawba tied the game at 54 with 8:40 left. Huntley gave her team a 58-54 lead on two straight buckets before Rhyne put the hosts up 59-58 by knocking down a long range shot with just over six minutes left.

The teams went back and forth over the next several minutes before the game was tied at 67 with 2:41 left. After Wolfe put the Tornados up by a point, Bannister drained her fifth three pointer of the game to extend the lead to 71-57. Johnson hit a short jumper in the paint before Williams put the hosts up 76-71 with 1:10 left.

The Indians tried to cut into the lead but Williams and Wolfe were a perfect four-of-four from the charity strip to hold on for the 80-75 victory.

The Tornados shot 48.5 percent from the field on 30-of-62 shooting, including a 50 percent clip from beyond the arc. Brevard also had a 19-13 edge in points off turnovers and a slim 20-16 margin in bench points.

The Tornados have a quick turnaround as they host Lincoln Memorial on Monday afternoon. That game will be a part of a double header starting 4:30 p.m.

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