Bannister scores career-high in Brevard's home openerNovember 18, 2015
Brevard, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team opened up the home schedule on Wednesday evening versus North Greenville, falling to the visitors 63-52. Brevard falls to 0-2 on the season.
Madison Lenox, fresh off breaking the NCAA era for points in a game, scored the opening basket on a layup in the first minute of play. Brevard held the lead for the majority of the frame, responding to each basket from North Greenville (1-2) with points of its own. With five seconds left in the quarter, NGU took the lead at 15-14 with a basket to end the stanza.
Following a Crusaders’ layup to start the quarter, Hadara Bannister got a pass from Shelby Wolfe from beyond the arc to knot the score at 17 all. North Greenville quickly countered with a three pointer of its own, and followed with a layup to take a five point advantage that they would hold for the remainder of the half.
Brevard had its past frame in the third, outscoring North Greenville 17-8 to take the 44-41 lead heading into the final 10 minutes. Whitney DeMoss sparked the rally with a layup that led to an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to one at 36-35. The Tornados tied the contest up with 2:17 left in the third, flowing a jumper from Bannister and a made free throw from the senior on the following possession. Brevard took its first lead of the half with just under two minutes left in the quarter after Peyton Bailey found an open Lynsey Crisp in three point territory to make it 42-39 in favor of the hosts.
North Greenville opened up the final stanza with four-straight points to put Brevard down one. Lenox responded with a layup to flip the lead at 46-45 with 8:25 left to play to give Brevard its final lead of the contest. Following a five point spree from the Crusaders, Lenox and Bannister scored to knot the score up at 50 all. The two sides remained in a tied bout for a minute until NGU scored to take the lead.
Bannister continued the trend of setting career-highs, setting her personal best for points in a game with 21 on 8-16 shooting. Lenox finished second on the team in scoring with nine followed by Wolfe, who finished one point away from a double-double with nine and 11 rebounds.
Defensively, Lenox matched her career- bests in blocks and steals with four and five. Demoss, Wolfe and Bannister all finished the contest with multiple steals as the team finished with 14.
Brevard opens up a season-long four game road swing, starting at East Tennessee State on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in an exhibition.