Brevard drops road contest at Mars Hill

Box Score

MARS HILL, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team played in its third-straight contest decided by single digits on Wednesday evening, loosing at Mars Hill 57-53. With the setback, Brevard is 1-20 overall and 0-17 in South Atlantic Conference play.

Brevard took its first lead over Mars Hill (12-10, 11-6 SAC) with 6:20 remaining in the opening period, as a triple from Lynsey Crisp put the Tornados ahead 5-4. Hadara Bannister extended the lead to four with a three-pointer of her own on the royal blue and whites following possession. Mars Hill responded with six-straight points and 10 of the final 12 points of the frame to lead 14-10 after the first.

Following 90 seconds of scoreless play, Crisp brought BC within one with a physically contested layup and ensuing free throw to make it 14-13. Brevard retook the lead midway through the second frame on a triple from Madison Lenox. Lenox added two more points to the lead after stripping the ball from a Lion and drawing a foul on her fast break attempt. Mars Hill brought it to within one at 18-17 with a three-point play, but Katie Williams kept the separation at three with a jump shot. Kadijah Watts scored on BC’s following possession, keeping the lead at three after MHU scored on the previous play.

The two sides exchanged four-point rallies, as the Lions scored back-to-back to go up one before Williams and Rhyne combined for four to flip the advantage in Brevard’s favor. Mars Hill ended the half with the final basket, knotting the score at 26-26.

Trailing in the early phases of the third frame, the Tornados got baskets from Lenox and Shelby Wolfe to put Brevard ahead 30-29. Mars Hill created separation with BC, scoring 12 of the ensuing 17 points over a three minute span to lead by seven at 42-35. Brevard quickly cut the lead with a pair of free throws by Lenox, followed by jumper from Rhyne before a free throw from the Lions ended the rally at 43-39. The Tornados ended the period with a triple from Rhyne to bring Brevard within one heading into the final frame.

Mars Hill scored the opening six points of the fourth to recreate its seven point advantage and led the entire final period. Brevard was able to bring it within two in the final minutes, after a pair of free throws from DeMoss and a layup from Lenox made it 53-51. Lenox scored BC’s final basket on their next play to keep it a one-possession contest at 55-53.

DeMoss continued her NCAA-Era best streak of consecutive contests with double-digit rebounds with 14, her fifth-straight. She is currently averaging 8.1 rebounds this season, on pace to set Brevard’s NCAA-Era record, while her 138 total this season already ranks as the sixth-most since Brevard joined the NCAA in 2008.

Lenox paced the offense with 16 points with eight rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two steals. Rhyne was the only other Tornado to finish in double-digits with 10 points, shooting a perfect 3-3 from the field.

Brevard ended the contest with 20 points coming off the bench while Mars Hill only produced seven. The Tornados defense held MHU to only one made three-point basket and am 8.3 clip from beyond the arc.

Brevard is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 13 when they travel to Wingate to take on the Bulldogs with tipoff slated for 2:00 p.m.

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