First half surge not enough for Tornados against Newberry

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – Despite having a lead at the end of the first half, the Brevard College Women’s Basketball team (5-9, 1-9 SAC) fell to Newberry College (10-4, 6-4 SAC) on Saturday afternoon 71-49.

Brevard finished the first half leading 35-27, and shot 50 percent from the field during the second quarter. Senior Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) finished the game with her sixth double-double of the season. The forward scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Senior Lynsey Crisp (Robbinsville, N.C.) led the Tornados in scoring with 16 points, finishing 6-10 from the field and 2-3 from the perimeter. Sophomore AnnaLee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) added nine points all coming from behind the arc.

The Wolves were led by Meg Essex who finished with 31 points. The 6-2 sophomore recorded five blocks on the night and grabbed eight rebounds. Shelby Britten added 15 points for Newberry, and Samara Hill finished with 12 points and three assists.

The Tornados got things going in the opening minute of play as Madison Lenox scored the first basket of the night. Lynsey Crisp followed with a three to put Brevard up 5-2 at the eight-minute mark.

The first quarter would feature two lead changes, as Newberry went ahead on a jumper by Meg Essex at 4:06. Brevard would regain the lead as freshman Cienna Bryant (Roanoke, Va.) scored a three, putting the Tornados ahead 18-17 to finish the first quarter of play.

Crisp scored the opening four points of the second quarter with back-to-back layups, giving the Tornados a 22-17 advantage.

Essex scored Newberry’s next four points putting the Wolves within one point. Newberry took the lead at the 3:30 mark as Meg Essex added another layup for the night.

Brevard would go on a 9-0 run in the final three minutes of the first half, as Lenox scored a jumper to put the Tornados ahead by one.

Kelsie Rhyne (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored the final jumper of the half at the buzzer, after grabbing an offensive rebound, Rhyne laid in the jumper to put the Tornados ahead 35-27 after the first 20 minutes of play.

The Tornados increased its lead to double digits at the start of the third quarter, as AnnaLee Bollinger scored from behind the arc in the opening minute of the second half.

However, Newberry would begin its climb back in the game, going on a 22-0 run in the third quarter. The Wolves shot an impressive 73 percent to give them the 58-45 advantage going into the final 10 minutes of play.

The final quarter was all Newberry, as the Wolves would take the contest 71-49 for their tenth win of the season.

Madison Lenox grabbed her tenth rebound in the final minute of play to seal her sixth double-double of the season. The senior leads the SAC in points per game and is fourth in rebounds per game this season.

Brevard will be on the road this Wednesday as they travel to Mars Hill to take on the Lions beginning at 6 pm. The Tornados will return to Boshamer Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 21 to battle Lenoir-Rhyne with tip-off starting at 2 pm.

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