Brevard, N.C. - Amanda Whitaker led four Tornados in double-figures as the Brevard College women’s basketball team survived a late-game scare by Montreat College to pick up their fourth win of the season, 75-64.
With the win, the Tornados (4-6, 0-2 SAC) improve to 3-1 in Boshamer Gymnasium, while the Cavaliers fall to 3-10, 0-4 in the AAC.
The teams swapped baskets in the first half, but the hustle of Holli Flippo kept several Brevard scoring chances alive. Montreat had a 13-12 lead at the 13:07 mark, but Samantha Winn put the Tornados up with a three-pointer from the top of the arc to give the Tornados a lead they would not give up in the first half. Brevard advanced their lead to seven as Amanda Whitaker put in four free throws to give the Tornados a 22-15 lead with 8:35 left in the half.
Montreat brought the lead back to one with three minutes to go as Charazee Wright completed a three-point play to bring the Cavaliers back to 29-28. However, Millie Wharton drove in for a lay-up on Brevard’s next trip down the court to provide a small cushion, and then Flippo and Kelly Hudler scored the Tornados final six points of the half to go into the locker room with a 37-31 lead.
Brevard shot 42.4 percent (14-33) from the field in the first half, while holding the Cavaliers to 11-28 (39.3 percent). The Tornados responded from their loss against Mars Hill on January 3rd in which they were out-rebounded 49-28 for the game by out-rebounding Montreat College 20-15, including 10 rebounds on the offensive glass.
Amanda Whitaker led the Tornados with 10 points in the first half. Flippo added eight points and five rebounds, while Winn chipped in with seven and seven. Alicia Wallace led the Cavaliers with 10 points and Wright had nine points and six rebounds at the halftime break.
Montreat took the lead with 14:43 left in the game as Janel Cox made a jumper inside the lane to put the Cavaliers up 48-47.
However, as she has done in several games this year, Anna Schlobohm took over the game with 11:33 left as she went on a 7-0 run against Montreat to put the Tornados up by nine at 59-50.
Brevard’s lead would extend to 13 with 5:46 left as Schlobohm drove the lane for another layup to put the Tornados up 68-55.
Montreat cut the lead back down to seven on a three-pointer by Whitney Mace, but Schlobohm drove in for another layup and Whitaker sunk a pair of free throws to give the Tornados a 75-64 lead with two minutes left.
Neither team scored the rest of the way as the Tornados took the game, 75-64.
The Tornados dominated the boards as they out-rebounded Montreat 39-24 with 20 of their rebounds coming on the offensive end on their way to improving to 3-0 against teams from the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
Whitaker (16 points-10 rebounds) and Winn (13 points-11 rebounds) recorded double-doubles in the game and Flippo narrowly missed one coming off of the bench as she finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Schlobohm had 15 points on 7-12 (58.3 percent) shooting and Whitaker went 8-8 from the charity stripe.
Montreat was led by Wallace with a game-high 18 points. She was joined in double figures by Whitney Mace and Wright with 13 and 11 points apiece.
The Tornados take to the road as they continue their South Atlantic Conference schedule on Wednesday, January 7th, as they travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Cavaliers are also in action on January 7th as they head back to Montreat, N.C. to host King College with a start time of 5:30 p.m.