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Lady Tornados Cruise To Victory Over Converse


Millie Wharton(left) dives for a loose ball and wrestles with a Concerse player.(photo by Robbie Robertson)

The Brevard College women's basketball team ended their four-game losing streak on Monday night, defeating the Valkyries of Converse College, 68-54, at Boshamer Gymnasium.

Monday night's win was the Tornados second win of the season over Converse College, having defeated them back in early December, 69-59, in Spartanburg, S.C.

In the opening minutes of play, the two teams traded baskets until a lay-up by BC forward Amanda Whitaker at the 18:02 mark gave BC a 6-4 advantage, a lead that the Tornados would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

The Tornados would push their lead up as high as 10 points in the first 20 minutes of play, playing well on both ends of the floor and taking a 30-24 score into the halftime break.

In the first half, Brevard shot 52 percent from the floor, connecting on 13-of-25 attempts. On the defensive end, the Tornados held the Valkyries to 30.3 percent shooting, including going 1-of-13 from behind the three-point line.

In the final 20 minutes of play, the Tornados shot the ball extremely well, shooting a stellar 66.7 percent from the field on their way to out scoring the Valkyries 38-30.

The Tornados took a double-digit lead at the 12:38 mark of the second half on a lay-up by freshman Kelsey Sill and would not look back, pushing their lead to as much as 16 points on two different occasions.

As the final buzzer sounded, the Tornados had their fourth home win of the season, defeating the Valkyries 68-54.

Holly Krogman fights through a closeline on an inbounds pass play,but couldn't draw the foul.(photo by Robbie Robertson)

For the game the Tornados ran their offense both effectively and efficiently as BC outscored the Valkyries 44-22 in the area of points in the paint. Brevard also out-rebounded Converse 34-27 for the game.

Leading the way for the Tornados offensively was sophomore Samantha Winn with 17 points and six rebounds. Senior Holly Krogman had 15 points and seven rebounds. Freshman forward Sill had a season high 11 points off the bench for the Tornados.

The Valkyries were led by Shay Walker, who had 14 points and eight rebounds for the game, while both Jessica McMahan and Brandy Williams had each had nine points apiece.

With the win the Tornados improve to 6-9 on the season, while Converse falls to 2-19 on the year.

The Tornados will return to action on Wednesday, January 23, when they will play host to Carson-Newman at Boshamer Gymnasium on the campus of Brevard College. The tip-off is slated at 6 p.m.


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