Tornados fall on the road to the Bears, 61-45
Whitaker and Flippo score 10 apiece in the loss
Hickory, N.C. - Coming off a 75-64 victory on Monday over Montreat College, the Brevard College women’s basketball team hit the road for their third South Atlantic Conference game of the season as they traveled to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne College on Wednesday night. The Tornados made a late comeback behind Amanda Whitaker’s eight second-half points, but it ultimately fell short as the Bears won, 61-45.
The Tornados fall to 4-7 (0-3 SAC) for the season, while Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 12-2 (2-1 SAC).
The Bears opened up the game on an 8-2 run as Cameron Sealey and Denise Moore each scored four points off layups. Anna Schlobohm kept up her recent hot streak with six points in the game’s first seven minutes on several pull-up jumpers and Holli Flippo added a three-pointer to put the score at 19-11 Lenoir-Rhyne with 12:33 left in the first half.
The Bears went on a 16-0 run started on a layup by Jackie Williams for the following four minutes before a free throw by Millie Wharton stopped the run with 8:07 left in the first half, putting the score at 35-12 Lenoir-Rhyne.
Holli Flippo added a free throw and Samantha Winn made a leaning jumper from the left side of the court for the final three points of the first half, but the Bears went into the locker room with a 41-15 lead.
Brevard struggled to get on the boards as Lenoir-Rhyne held a 25-9 rebounding advantage in the first half, including 10 offensive rebounds as the Bears built their first half lead.
The Tornados shot 26.1 percent (6-23) in the first half, led by Anna Scholobohm going 3-6 (50.0 percent) for six points. The Bears countered with Denise Moore who went 5-6 (83.3 percent) from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line to lead all scorers with 14 points at the break as the team shot 50.0 percent from the field (15-30) including 10 of 11 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line.
Flippo came out trying to provide the Tornados with a much needed spark in the second half, scoring four points and grabbing an offensive rebound, and Amber Roberts added her first three points of the game with a shot from behind the arc, however, Sealey kept the offense rolling for the Bears as they held a 52-23 lead with 13:17 left in the game.
Winn dropped in her fourth three-pointer of the season with an open look from the top of the key and Schlobohm added two free-throws as the Tornados went on a 5-0 run forcing a Lenoir-Rhyne timeout with 12:42 left.
The teams would remain scoreless for the next three minutes before Moore put in a short jumper in the lane to put the Lenoir-Rhyne lead back up to 25 at 54-29.
The Tornados would bring the game back within 20 with 1:55 to play as Amanda Whitaker completed a three-point play and Paige Bridgers nailed an uncontested three-pointer from the top of the key to put the score at 61-41. Flippo would add another two with back-to-back free throws as would Micah LaJoie, but the comeback would fall short as Lenoir-Rhyne held on for the 61-45 win.
Brevard would out-score Lenoir-Rhyne 30-20 over the last 20 minutes of the game, but the key to the Bears victory was rebounding, as the Tornados had a 61-29 disadvantage against the taller Bears.
The Tornados hit 26.9 percent (14-52) of their shots from the field, led by Flippo and Whitaker with 10 points apiece. Whitaker fell one rebound short of her second straight double-double with nine rebounds for the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot 23-69 (33.3 percent) from the field, led by Moore’s double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Sealey with 14 points, while Williams grabbed 11 boards for the Bears.
The Tornados head home on January 10th to host another member of the SAC, Lincoln Memorial University. Tip-off for the Saturday matchup between the Tornados and the Railsplitters is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Boshamer Gymnasium. The Bears are also in action on Saturday as they host Newberry College with a start time slated for 6 p.m.