Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados defeat over Mars Hill will go into the record books as the program’s first ever South Atlantic Conference victory since becoming an NCAA Division II member in 2008. Samantha Winn led the Tornados with 24 points and eight rebounds in the 87-72 milestone victory in front of a home crowd Monday evening.
The Tornados improve their overall record to 7-12, surpassing last year’s win total, and 1-8 in the conference. Mars Hill falls to 4-16 and 1-8 in the conference.
In addition to Winn, three other Tornados reached double digit scoring figures. Holli Flippo added 15 points shooting 43 percent from three point range and four for four from the free throw line. Anna Schlobohm followed with 13 points, pulling down seven rebounds and adding four assists, while Millie Wharton posted a season high eleven points and eight rebounds, shooting 90 percent from the free throw line.
Margret Harvey scored 25 for the Lions followed by conference leading scorer Brittani Young with 17.
Mars Hill controlled the majority of the first half leading by as many as eight, led by Harvey’s perfect fie for five shooting.
Brevard tied the game at the 6:44 mark on a Wharton free throw and then at the 4:47 mark, once again with Wharton at the line.
Brevard then took their first lead of the game with 4:24 remaining in the half when Flippo drained a three off of a skip pass from Schlobohm.
The Tornados continued to out play the Lions in the remaining minutes outscoring them 10-4, led by Winn’s six points. Winn led the Tornados in scoring through the first with ten as the Tornados headed into the lock room with a 45-39 lead.
Mars Hill began the second half with a 7-0 run to regain the lead five minutes in. Following a Brevard timeout, a Brianna Worley three sparked the Tornados at the 14:31 mark. A 13-2 run ensued that resulted in a ten point Brevard lead halfway through the second.
Despite Harvey’s 13 second half points the Tornados would hold on to their lead, adding ten points from the free throw line in the last two minutes. Brevard shot 85 percent from the free throw line in the second half, averaging 77 percent for the game.
Brevard also controlled the boards outrebounding the Lions 43-28, led by the team’s two seniors, Winn and Wharton with eight a piece. Taylor Deal led Mars Hill with nine followed by three other players with four.
Wharton converted two free throws with less than a minute remaining to put Brevard up by 15, their biggest lead of the game, sealing the 87-72 victory.
Brevard will return to conference action on Wednesday when they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne for a 6:00 p.m. game.