Brevard, N.C. - Lindsay Brendle scored 11 of her team high 15 points in the second half and the Tornados held off a late Pfeiffer rally behind Jodie Lemons’ game high 21 points as Brevard heads into the holiday break with the 71-68 victory over the Falcons in Boshamer Gymnasium on Monday evening.
The Tornados (5-3) went on a 24-4 run spanning the last three minutes of the first half and the first five of the second period to erase a 38-26 deficit. Five Brevard players scored in the run, led by six points apiece by Asheley Watkins and Alyssa Cutshaw as the Tornados took the lead from Pfeiffer (5-4) for good at the 17:51 mark on a Brendle layup.
Brendle led the Tornados with 15 points, going 6-for-15 from the floor in the contest as the Tornados shot 40.0 percent (26-65) in the victory. Asheley Watkins added a career high 13 points, adding eight rebounds and four assists, while Micheala Watkins scored 12 points to go with a game high five steals.
Lemons led all players with 21 points, adding a team high eight rebounds for the Falcons, hitting four three-pointers in the contest. Brittany Cox added 15 points and three blocked shots, while Shelley Reese added 12 points in 26 minutes in the loss.
Lacey Singletary opened the scoring in the game, recording a layup on the opening possession as the teams tied the game three times in the opening four minutes. The Tornados went up 11-6 on a pair of free throws by Asheley Watkins at the 14:17 mark, but four consecutive free throws by Vontreece Hayes and a jumper in the paint by Lemons gave the Falcons their first lead of the game at 12-11 with 12:55 to play.
The teams tied twice more at 19 after a layup by Micheala Watkins and at 22 after a three-pointer by Lemons. Lemons’ trey started a 13-0 run with Pfeiffer doing most of their damage from the free throw line as Hayes, Kellie Rhoney, Reese and Lemons combined to go 7-for-8 from the stripe during the run. Cox drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key at the 4:39 mark to cap the stretch as the Falcons stretched their lead to double-digits at 32-22.
Two Brendle layups were matched by back-to-back Lemons’ three-pointers as the Falcons built their largest lead of the game at 38-26 at the 3:13 mark. Asheley Watkins and Singletary followed with a pair of layups to bring the game back to within single digits as the Tornados ended the half on a 9-2 run, but Pfeiffer went into the break with the 40-35 lead.
A turnaround jumper by Vontenea Williams opened the scoring in the second half, but the Tornados scored on four of their first five possessions before Brendle gave the lead back to Brevard with a driving layup at the 18:14 mark, putting the score at 43-42. The Tornados continued their run, scoring the next seven points to cap a 24-4 rally as Brevard went up 50-42 with 15:29 to play in the game.
Pfeiffer kept the game within two possessions for the next 14 minutes, continually challenging the Tornados as Reese drained two three-pointers and Brittney Washington added six points before Lemons tied the game for the sixth and final time at the 1:40 mark, knotting the game up at 66 apiece. Brendle followed with a layup on the next possession to put the Tornados ahead and Schlobohm and Lemons traded free throws, putting the game at 70-68 with five ticks left on the clock.
Micheala Watkins converted one of two free throws after a Pfeiffer foul and the rebound bounced to Washington, but Watkins stole the dribble and ran out the clock as the Tornados held on for the 71-68 victory.
Brevard won the battle of the boards 40-39 behind 11 rebounds from Anna Schlobohm, including 15 offensive rebounds as the Tornados won the battle inside, outscoring the Falcons 23-7 in second chance points in the win.
The Tornados take a week off for the holiday break before returning to the road on Wednesday, December 28th as Brevard takes on NCAA Division I UNC Asheville in the Justice Center. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Bulldogs is set for 7 p.m.