Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College women’s basketball team lost a nail-biter on Saturday when they fell 74-72 to the Mars Hill Lions at Boshamer Gymnasium. Despite trailing as many as 20, the Tornados rallied but fell short by just two. With the loss, Brevard falls to 5-9 on the season and 1-3 in the SAC.
The scoring was opened up by the Lions when Tyler Carlson hit a three-ball on Mars Hill’s first trip down the floor, giving them a 3-0 edge. Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) answered back for the Tornados with a trey of her own. After trading baskets back and forth, the Tornados took their first lead of the game when Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) hit a jumper at the 14:55. BC’s 11-9 lead only lasted nine seconds when Kristen Metcalf hit a three-ball putting Mars Hill up 12-11. BC and Mars Hill traded baskets back and forth until BC went on a 7-0 run and led 22-15 with 5:54 remaining in the first half. The Lions responded with an 8-1 run of their own tying things up at 23 points a piece with just over four minutes left in the half. Mars Hill was able to get on top by seven with just four seconds left on the clock, but Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) hit a desperation half-court three-pointer as time expired in the first half. Brevard trailed 32-28 as they went into the locker room at half-time.
Watkins led the Tornados with eight points in the first half, while Taylor Deal had 12 points of her own for Mars Hill. Brendle and Flippo each had six in the first 20 minutes of play for BC. Jessica Jones led all-rebounders with eight boards in the first half for the Lions.
The second half started slowly for Brevard as they allowed the Lions to garner a double-digit lead early, as the Tornados trailed 44-33 at the 17:40 mark. Brevard was able to fight back to within eight points when Watkins hit a layup making it 50-42 at 13:31, but the Lions offense exploded for 10 straight points putting them up 60-42 with 10:44 left in regulation. Brevard trailed by 20 when Jones converted on a layup, making it 66-46 with just over seven minutes remaining. Amanda Whitaker (Asheville, N.C.) sparked the BC offense when she hit a layup and converted the and-one after being fouled by Jones. Brevard followed Whitaker’s three-point play with a 21-2 run, bringing them within one-point at the 1:58 marker.
Brittini Young was fouled by Whitaker on the Lions’ next trip down the floor. She sunk both of her free-throws putting Mars Hill up by three. Candice Fritz (Northeast, MD) hit 1-of-2 free throws on Brevard’s return trip, making it a two point game. Young headed to the charity stripe again when Mars Hill traveled down the court the next time down. She put the Lions up by four after sinking both free-ones. The Tornados were unable to convert their next trip down and put Taylor Deal on the line. Deal was able to put the Lions back up five when she hit 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. Watkins took the ball coast-to-coast to bring BC back within three, but Young was able to return fire, going 1-of-2 at the line making it 74-70 with 12 seconds left on the clock. Brendle converted on Brevard’s next trip down the floor, making it 74-72 with just six seconds on the clock. The Tornados were able to put Deal at the line with four remaining. Deal missed both and Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) put up a last second three-quarter court shot that fell short leaving Brevard down by two when the final buzzer sounded.
Watkins led the way offensively for Brevard with 16 points in the loss, as well as dishing out a team-high five assists. The Tornados had three others in double-digits as Schlobohm dropped 15, while Whitaker had 12 and three assists. Flippo scored 11 against the Lions. Despite fouling out, Whitaker was a force defensively. She set a Brevard College record for blocked shots in a game with seven in the loss. She also was able to garner three steals and seven rebounds in the game. Flippo was able to pull-down seven boards, as well as, pick Mars Hill’s pocket three times.
The Tornados are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Salisbury, N.C. to take on the SAC leading Catawba Indians. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. as the Tornados attempt to knock-off the Indians for their first South Atlantic Conference loss. You can tune-in at 1240-AM WSQL or go to WSQLRadio.com for all of the action.