Tornados fall in season finale, 67-57
Winn has 23 points and seven rebounds as Tornados close out 2008-2009 season
Salisbury, N.C. - Brevard traveled to Salisbury, N.C. for their final game of the 2008-2009 season as the Tornados took on the Catawba Indians in Saturday afternoon conference play. Samantha Winn got back on track after being held to nine points on Wednesday by Newberry, with 23 points on 10-17 shooting from the field with seven rebounds, but eight players scored for the Indians as Catawba recorded the victory, 67-57.
Winn led the Tornados and all scorers with her 23 points, and Amanda Whitaker scored 13 points, narrowly missing the double-double with nine rebounds as Brevard falls to 6-21, 0-16 in the South Atlantic Conference to end the season.
Brittany Higgins led the Indians (16-11, 8-8 SAC) with 16 points, 12 of those coming in the second half, and Nisha Long was also in double figures for Catawba with 13 points and nine rebounds.
A layup by Nisha Long was the lone points of the game until a three by Brevard’s Amanda Whitaker with 17:02 on the clock gave the Tornados the early lead, 3-2.
A pair of free throws by Anna Schlobohm was matched by Nisha Long as the teams were in a defensive struggle in the first six minutes of the contest as Brevard held the early lead 5-4.
Winn got on the board with 12:41 on the clock, putting in a jumper in the paint to put the Tornados up 10-4.
Catawba came back with a 7-2 run as Cameron Clark dropped in a three-pointer with 9:44 left in the first half, forcing Coach Shannon Reid to call a timeout with the Tornados up 12-11.
A pair of free throws by Maggie Sullivan gave the Indians their first lead of the game at the 8:54 mark in the first half, but a layup by Amanda Whitaker on the Tornados next trip down the court put Brevard up 14-13.
The run expanded to a 15-4 momentum swing in favor of the Indians as Catawba rode the momentum to a 19-14 lead.
Samantha Winn put the Tornados back into the game, not by her scoring ability, but by her passing as she dished out assists to Whitaker for a layup and a breakaway three-pointer by Holli Flippo, before putting in a layup of her own, as Brevard went on a 7-0 run to go back up 21-19 with 5:05 remaining in the half.
A free throw by Winn and a three by Roberts put Brevard up 34-30, but a three by Nisha Long with 0.5 seconds left in the first half put the Tornados in the locker room with a slim one-point lead.
Whitaker led all scorers with 11 points, going 4-6 from the floor, with five rebounds, while her compatriot down on the block Winn paced her with nine points and three assists. The Tornados shot 12-29 (41.4 percent) from the floor in the first half as they held on to the lead in the first half of a game that went back and forth until the buzzer.
Catawba was led by Nisha Long with nine points and four rebounds, and Clark was also among the scoring leaders for the Indians’ team that went 11-36 (30.6 percent) from the floor in the first half, with five points and three assists.
Brittany Higgins put in a jumper on the Indians first possession of the second half to give Catawba the early lead again as Coach Angie Morton’s squad came out of the halftime break scoring the first nine points of the half before a layup by Winn with 13:36 left the Tornados down by six, 42-36.
A pair of free throws by Nisha Long and a breakaway layup by Clark extended the run to 13-2 with 12:46 remaining in the game as Coach Shannon Reid called a timeout to slow the momentum shift.
Flippo came out of the timeout, driving into a wide open lane for a left-handed layup, and Winn put in a jumper off an offensive rebound as well as three from the left side of the floor as the Tornados battled back into the game as the teams headed to the media timeout in the second half down 52-43.
Free throws brought the Tornados back within single digits with two minutes remaining as Winn hit one of two, then Whitaker converted both of hers on the ensuing possession to bring the Tornados back within seven points at 60-53.
However, Brevard was unable to overcome the late lead in falling in Goodman Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, 67-57.
For the Tornados, they finish up the season 6-21 in their first season as full members of the NCAA Division II and 0-16 in South Atlantic Conference play. Catawba will advance to the South Atlantic Conference with first game scheduled for Wednesday against an opponent to be announced.