Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados hit their last four shots of the game, with Holli Flippo hitting a three-pointer to give Brevard the late lead and Samantha Winn finished the game with a jumper on the baseline as the Tornados withstood a last-second layup attempt to defeat Catawba, 71-70, on Saturday afternoon.
With the Brevard win and Mars Hill’s loss to Lenoir-Rhyne, the Tornados clinched the eighth and final spot in the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball tournament as the Tornados finished the regular season 9-18, 3-13 in conference play. Catawba finishes out the season at 15-12, 8-8 in SAC competition.
Winn led all scorers in the game, going 12-24 from the floor in the contest on her way to 30 points. The senior forward from Candler, N.C. also added seven rebounds in the contest. Anna Schlobohm had 14 points and four assists in the Brevard attack, while Flippo added seven points, connecting on two three-pointers in the game as the Tornados connected on 47.4 percent of their attempts from the floor in the game.
Milica Ivanovic led the Indians with 16 points, hitting four three’s in the game to go with a team-high nine rebounds. Dana Hicks added 15 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, while Kisha Long had 13 points and five assists for Coach Morton.
Catawba opened the game making seven of their first eight shots with Ivanovic, Nisha Long and Kisha Long each connecting from behind the arc in building a 19-8 lead with 12:44 left in the first half.
The Tornados rallied back, going on a 16-4 run started on a pair of Winn free throws and capped by Asheley Watkins’ layup off of a Catawba turnover as Brevard took a 24-23 lead with 7:11 on the clock.
The score would remain close the remainder of the first half before a late Catawba 9-0 run sparked by a Nisha Long layup put the Indians up 42-33 at the end of the first half.
Catawba would extend the lead to 14 on three separate occasions on the second half but the Tornados brought the game back within single digits for good as Winn drained a pair of free throws with 7:59 left in the game to put the score at 59-51 in favor of the Lady Indians.
Brevard kept chipping away at the lead, coming within one as Flippo made one of two free throw attempts with 3:42 to play to put the score at 61-60. Winn scored on a layup on the Tornados next trip down to give Brevard the lead.
The teams swapped points with neither going up by more than one until Flippo took the pass from Watkins on the right wing and connected on her second three-pointer of the contest to put Brevard up 67-65 with 1:10 to play.
A jumper by Kisha Long tied it up at 67, but the Tornados turned to Winn on each of their next trips down the court and the senior delivered, connecting on both jumpers to give the Tornados the 71-70 lead with seven seconds to play.
Nisha Long took the final shot of the game for the Lady Indians, driving baseline, but was unable to put in the layup and in the scramble for the ball, time expired, giving the Tornados the win.
The Tornados will be on the road on Wednesday, March 3rd, for the first round of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament, traveling to Hickory, N.C. to take on top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne University with tipoff for the quarterfinal round coming at 7 p.m.