Tornados fall in conference play, 77-46
Flippo scores 16 in loss
Newberry, S.C. - With two games left on the 2009 schedule, Brevard took to the road on Wednesday night for a conference matchup against Newberry College. Holli Flippo had 16 for the Tornados, but she was overshadowed by Newberry’s Laura Marquardt’s 24 as the Tornados fell, 77-46
The Tornados (6-20, 0-15 SAC) were led by Flippo with 16 points, 12 coming in the first half as she went 5-11 from the field. Kelly Hudler had 11 points in her first start this season, and Anna Schlobohm led the team with six rebounds.
Newberry (17-10, 9-6 SAC) celebrated Senior Night with the win as Marquardt led all scorers with 24 points, going 8-21 from the floor, 6-13 from behind the arc. Anita Bulcher had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Helen McKinney added 15 points and Monica Alexander chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds.
Flippo scored seven points for the Tornados and Hudler launched a three from the left side as Brevard held a 10-7 lead four minutes into the game.
A jumper inside the arc by Marquardt was matched by threes by Flippo and Hudler as Brevard went up 16-9 with 14:57 left in the first half, forcing a Newberry timeout.
After a Newberry turnover out of the timeout, Millie Wharton connected on a three off the pass from Flippo on the baseline, before Monica Alexander connected on a three to end the Tornado scoring run with Brevard up 19-12.
Brevard’s leading scorer in the 2009 season, Winn, got on the board seven minutes into the game, putting in a layup off a pass from Wharton, but Newberry came back on the break for four quick points, forcing a timeout by Tornados Head Coach Shannon Reid as Brevard controlled the game early, 21-16.
Newberry tied the game up at the 7:15 mark when McKinney hit a three from the top of the key at 22 and took the lead on a layup off the left block by Bulcher. A layup down on the other end by Winn tied the game back up at 24 with 6:20 on the clock in the first half, forcing Coach Sean Page to call a timeout.
The teams traded baskets as Alexander drove in for a layup and Hudler put a left-handed hook shot in high off the glass, keeping the game tied.
Newberry went on a 12-0 run starting with 4:20 left in the first half before a Flippo put back off a Hudler miss in the closing seconds of the opening period put the teams in the locker rooms with the score in favor of Newberry 38-28.
Flippo led all scorers in the first half with 12 points, going 4-6 from the field, 2-4 from behind the arc. Bulcher led Newberry with 10 points and seven rebounds. The difference in the first half was in the battle of the boards as the Tornados fell behind 21-10 in the rebounding margin.
Schlobohm opened the second half with a jumper near the free throw line to bring the Tornados back within eight, but that was short-lived as Bulcher and Alexander dominated the opening minutes of the second half, with Bulcher putting in four points and Alexander providing hustle with three steals and a pair of offensive rebounds as Newberry expanded their lead to 44-33 with 16:28 left in the game on their way to a 77-46 victory.
Brevard’s last game of the 2009 season is Saturday, February 28th, at Catawba College. The Tornados fell in the first game to the Indians, 94-71 back on January 14th in Boshamer Gymnasium. Tipoff for the Brevard-Catawba game is set for 2 p.m. Newberry also has their last game of the regular season on Saturday at Lincoln Memorial, with game time set for 6 p.m.