Lenox and Bollinger lead Brevard into double-overtime game against Tusculum

Box Score

GREENEVILLE, TENN. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team (5-12, 1-12 SAC) battled Tusculum College (4-13, 3-10 SAC) through forty minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtimes, with just five players before falling to the Pioneers 81-71 in Saturday night’s conference matchup.

All five players stepped up big for the Tornados, each contributing to a successful game. Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) and AnnLee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) led Brevard, both scoring 26 points. Bollinger scored her career-high as a Tornado, finishing 4-4 from the free-throw line and netting six three-point shots. Lenox also finished with nine rebounds, five steals, and seven assists. One valuable assist came at the end of regulation, as Lenox dished a pass to freshman Cienna Bryant (Roanoke, Va.), who scored a last second shot to send the game into its first overtime. Bryant finished with a career-high 11 points. Freshman D’Naya Wilson (Hampton, Ga.) was the leading rebounder for the Tornados, grabbing 10 rebounds. Senior Lynsey Crisp (Robbinsville, N.C.) ended the night with eight rebounds and six points to help Tornados.

The Pioneers were led by Kasey Johnson, who finished with a double-double, scoring 25 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Benedicta Makakala added 12 points and seven assists to Tusculum’s total and Jasmine Queen scored 11 points, finishing 4-6 from the field.

The first quarter featured six ties and five lead changes to end with a 17-17 score. Bollinger scored the first bucket for the Tornados with a three. Cienna Bryant put Brevard ahead 15-12 at the 3:49 mark as the freshman connected from behind the arc, off a pass from Crisp. Callie Patterson tied the game at 17-all to close out the final seconds of the first quarter.

Brevard pulled away in the second quarter going on an 11-2 run. Lenox completed a three-point play, after being fouled on a made jumper, the senior netted the foul shot to give Brevard a 25-19 advantage. Bollinger hit a three at the 5:04 mark to put the Tornados up by nine.

Tusculum fought back, scoring the next four points from Sydney Wilson and Callie Patterson. After a Brevard timeout, Lynsey Crisp received a pass from Lenox and scored a layup. Bollinger scored another layup with 14 seconds left in the half to give Brevard a 32-25 advantage entering the second half of play.

Tusculum came out fighting in the third quarter, cutting the lead to one point, after a jumper by Benedicta Makakala. The Tornados answered going on a 12-0 run. Lenox scored four points courtesy of foul shots, while Wilson and Crisp each added layups.

Brevard entered the fourth quarter leading 46-39. The Pioneers tied the game at the 6:33 mark as Kasey Johnson scored a layup. Bollinger answered with a three-pointer with an assist from Lenox. Tusculum took the lead at the 4:27 mark, as Johnson scored another layup.

Lenox scored back-to-back layups to give Brevard a four-point advantage with 2:40 remaining. However, Tusculum answered as Jasmine Queen hit a jumper with three seconds remaining in the game giving the Pioneers a 58-56 lead.

The Tornados took a timeout to draw up a last-second play, and it worked. As Brevard took the court, Lenox received the ball and unselfishly handed the ball off to freshman Cienna Bryant, who hit the last-second jumper to send the game into overtime.

AnnaLee Bollinger hit two critical three-pointers in the first overtime. The first one came to cut Tusculum’s lead to one point after the Pioneer’s went ahead by four to open up the period. Kasey Johnson scored a layup giving the Pioneer’s a 64-61 advantage. Bollinger hit her second three to tie the game at 64-64 off a pass from Lynsey Crisp.

Madison Lenox hit a three with two seconds remaining, which seemed to be the game winner. But after a Tusculum timeout, Callie Patterson would connect from behind the arc to close out the first overtime period tied at 67-67.

The second overtime belonged to the Pioneers, as Tusculum scored the first seven points. Lenox cut the lead to five on a layup. The Pioneers came up clutch in its free-throws making 7 of 8 in the final minute of play to win 81-71.

Brevard will be on the road this weekend as they travel to Coker on Saturday, Jan. 28 for a 2 p.m. starting time. The Tornados will return home on Feb. 1 to host Lincoln Memorial.

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