Brevard, N.C. - Shereese Williams hit a pair of free throws with 48 seconds remaining, breaking a 67-67 deadlock and Young Harris was able to overcome a combined 22 points by Lindsay Brendle and Micheala Watkins in the second half as Brevard fell at home to the Mountain Lions, 71-70.
Brevard (5-8) went up by as many as 12 in the first half and held a 10 point led with 9:22 remaining on a Watkins layup, but Young Harris (13-2) battled back going on a 9-0 run to bring the game back to within one on Ladondra Johnson’s layup. The teams tied the game five times in the final five minutes before Williams’ free throws put the Mountain Lions ahead for good.
Brendle led the Tornados with her second 20 point game of the season, scoring a season high 21 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-3 from behind the arc as the Tornados shot 42.4 percent (28-66) from the contest in the game. Watkins added 15 points, seven assists and five steals in the game, while Anna Schlobohm was in double-digits with 12 points in the loss.
Johnson led the visiting Mountain Lions with 22 points and finished the double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds as Young Harris shot 46.7 percent (28-60) from the floor in the game. Keta Robinette added four three-pointers on her way to scoring 14 points, while Williams added 11 points. Lauren Smith also had a double-double, finishing with 11 points and 10 assists in the win.
Johnson scored the first two baskets for the Mountain Lions and Robinette hit a three-pointer as Young Harris held the 7-2 advantage at the 18:34 mark. Schlobohm answered with back-to-back treys to give the Tornados their first lead of the game with 17:48 to play in the half.
The teams traded baskets and a Smith jumper at the 13 minute mark put the score at 14-13, but Candice Fritz answered with a jumper in the right corner as Brevard went on an 11-0 run. Watkins and Alyssa Cutshaw hit three-pointers during the run and Katelynne Poole drove in for the layup to give Brevard the 25-13 lead with 9:43 to play.
The Tornados maintained the lead for the remainder of the half as a Brendle three-pointer put the Tornados up 37-27 with 1:08 to play. Kaycee Cash hit a jumper and Robinson drained a trey to close out the break on a Young Harris 5-0 run to put the score at 37-32 as the teams headed into the break.
Johnson and Smith hit back-to-back jumpers to open the half to cut the Brevard lead down to one point at 37-36, but Brendle answered with a jumper of her own as the Tornados steadily built up a 10 point lead, going up 57-47 with 9:22 to play as Watkins took a steal the length of the court for the layup.
Robinette answered with a three-pointer to spark a 9-0 Mountain Lion run before Young Harris tied the game up at 59 apiece with 4:58 to play on the old-fashioned three-point play by Williams.
The teams tied the game up four more times in the final five minutes of the game, with Schlobohm hitting the tying baskets to tie the score at 65 with 1:29 remaining in the contest and again at 67 with 58 ticks on the clock. Williams drained a pair of free throws with 48 seconds remaining to give the visitors the 69-67 lead and following a Brevard turnover, Robinette put the game away with a pair of free throws. Flippo hit a three-pointer from the right corner as time expired to end the game.
Brevard returns to South Atlantic Conference play and the road as they travel to Hickory, N.C. and Lenoir-Rhyne University on Saturday, January 14th. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Bears is set for 6 p.m.