Tornados Fall In USA South Clash Against Piedmont
Last updated 2/17/2021 at 3:47pm
Senior forward Destiny Williams posted her second 20-point performance of her senior season to lead three Tornados in double figures as the Brevard College women’s basketball team (1-5, 1-5 USAS) fell by a final of 85-60 to Piedmont College (9-3, 7-0 USAS) on Tuesday evening at the Boshamer Gymnasium.
Williams, a senior from Aiken, S.C., scored 20 points for the second time in her senior season, while also grabbing six rebounds and swiping a team-high four steals.
Avery Lockwood poured in 13 points off the bench in a near double-double effort that saw the junior center grab nine rebounds. Shakirah Thompson added 12 points on a team-best four made 3-pointers, while Makenna Parkins tallied six points in her first collegiate game. Senior forward Deja Riddick dished out a team-high three assists – all coming in the first quarter of play.
Piedmont’s high-powered offense was led by Livia Skinner and Nakiyah Washington, who each racked up 23 points on the night. Skinner drained a game-best five 3-pointers, while Washington added nine rebounds, five steals, and four assists to her ledger.
Hope Franklin added 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, while Lu Woolfolk stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds.
The Tornados shot at their most efficient clip (43.4 percent) of the season thus far, however, the Lions used a hot shooting mark with 31-of-62 (50 percent) from the field to propel themselves to victory.
Piedmont turned 24 Tornado turnovers into 32 points, while edging Brevard 38-30 on points-in-the-paint. The Tornados, led by Lockwood and Parkins, outscored Piedmont’s bench, 23-6.
Piedmont jumped out to an early 12-2 run in what was a high-scoring first quarter before Thompson drained a trio of 3-pointers to help bring BC to within three points, 18-15, with 5:21 left in the first period. Back-to-back Lockwood buckets towards the end of the first period brought the Tornados to within four, as Piedmont took a 25-19 advantage into the second quarter.
The Lions scored the quarter’s first eight points to extend their advantage to a 14-point margin at the 7:57 mark. The Tornados brought the game to within single-digits on three separate occasions in the second quarter. However, Piedmont maintained a 12 point, 43-31 lead at the halftime intermission.
Piedmont quickly extended its lead to a 20-point margin with 8:29 left in the third period before Thompson’s fourth 3-pointer of the evening stopped the Lions’ scoring stretch.
A back-and-forth rest of the third quarter left the Lions holding a 66-48 lead with one quarter left to play.
The Lions used an 8-0 scoring run midway through the fourth period to hold their largest lead of the contest, a 27-point margin at the 2:06 mark before wrapping up their conference victory, 85-60.
Brevard is scheduled to return to action this weekend when the Tornados travel to Macon, Ga., to face Wesleyan College in conference action on Friday at 7 p.m. before the weekend doubleheader concludes on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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