Tornados second half comeback falls short in loss, 74-61

Samantha Winn records her fifth double-double of the season

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Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados finished up their first leg of the 2008-2009 South Atlantic Conference schedule with a game against Newberry College on Wednesday night. Samantha Winn picked up her fifth double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Newberry rode two 20+ point scorers in Helen McKinney and Anita Bulcher to take the win, 74-61.

Brevard (5-13) falls to 0-8 in conference play, while Newberry (13-6) improves to 6-2 in the South Atlantic Conference.

Newberry jumped out to a 15-3 lead 5:07 into the game behind a three point barrage by Laura Marquardt, Monica Alexander, and Helen McKinney. Newberry’s half court pressure forced several Tornado turnovers early on as they jumped out to their lead.

Brevard brought the game back within three as the Tornados, shooting 49.6 percent from three-point range in the past six games, connected from behind the arc as Holli Flippo and Kelly Hudler both hit to put the game at 15-12 with 11:43 left in the first half.

The teams swapped baskets for the remainder of the half, before Newberry closed out the first half with a 13-2 run to go into the locker room with a 37-24 lead.

Brevard shot 29.6 percent (8-27) from the field in the first half led by Samantha Winn with eight points and six rebounds, but were unable to contain the Newberry offense, led by Bulcher with 10 points as they shot 41.2 percent (14-34) from the field. Janine Ward had six rebounds to clean up the glass in the first half.

Newberry came out in the second period and built their largest lead of the ball game as they went up by 17, as Monica Alexander hit a free throw 2:23 into the second half to put Newberry up 43-26.

Brevard began the comeback as Amber Roberts drove into the lane for a layup. Then, Anna Schlobohm caught on fire as she has so many times in the second half this season, hitting a pair of three's from the left side. Roberts also connected from distance, while Hudler hit her second three-pointer of the game to bring the game back within single digits at 53-44 with 13:27 to go.

The Tornados were not done with the comeback though, as Schlobohm hit a jumper from the right corner, then Flippo connected from long distance off a fast break. A pair of Winn layups sandwiched a three by Roberts as the Tornados completed a 30-12 run that spanned 9:46 to take the lead with 7:51 left in the game, 56-55.

The Tornado lead was short-lived, as Bulcher took a feed from Ward and converted a layup on Newberry’s next trip down the court to spark a 10-0 run to take control of the game for good.

Holli Flippo pulled up for another three on the break off the pass from Schlobohm, but all the Tornados were able to muster for the remaining 4:05 of the game was two free throws, one by Winn and one by Schlobohm as Newberry took the win, 74-61.

The Tornados shot 43.3 percent (13-30) in the second half during the huge comeback, but could not stop Newberry, as McKinney and Bulcher both topped 20 points, leading the team to shoot 40.9 percent from the field in taking the victory.

Winn recorded her fifth double-double of the season as she scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Tornados in scoring for the fifth time in six games. Schlobohm, Roberts and Flippo each scored 11 for Brevard.

McKinney (21) and Bulcher (20) led four Newberry players in double figures. The duo was joined by Alexander (14) and Marquardt (10), while Ward pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out five assists.

Brevard takes to the road as the Tornados begin their second run through the South Atlantic Conference, starting with Mars Hill on Saturday, January 31. Brevard is looking for revenge after falling to the Lions at home, 63-46 on January 3rd. Tip-off for the Tornados-Lions game is set for 2 p.m. Newberry heads to Jefferson City for a showdown with Carson-Newman also on Saturday with game time at 6 p.m.

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