Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan falls to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in a 77-61 final on Tuesday evening.
The Warriors shot 32.7% in field goal percentage and went 72.2% from the free throw line. They went on to be 12-24 at the three point line in the loss to the Bobcats. Jessica Sparks led the team with 25 points. Sparks was followed by Aneysa Williams with 11 points. Tatiyana Mahone led the Warriors with five assists. Mahone was followed by Williams and Breanna Richardson with three assists apiece.
Southern Wesleyan posted 33 rebounds in the loss. Tatiyana Mahone led the Warriors with eight rebounds. Four Warriors posted steals in the loss.
Final: Lees-McRae 77, Southern Wesleyan 61
Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-16 / CC 5-11), Lees-McRae (8-14 / CC 5-11)
How It Happened
The Lees-McRae Bobcats struck first on Tuesday evening on free throws by Breana Hardnett to give them a 2-0 lead over Southern Wesleyan, but the Warriors countered with a three point shot by Jessica Sparks to give them the lead. Sparks sunk a second three point shot to push the Warriors lead to 8-5. A three point shot by Aneysa Williams stretched the Warriors lead to 15-9, but the Bobcats countered with a three point shot of their own to come to 12-15 behind Southern Wesleyan.
The Bobcats kicked off the second quarter with a layup by Alexis Ammons and jump shot by Brea Forbes. Lees-McRae continued to fight, but a three point shot by Aneysa Williams allowed the Warriors to push their lead to 24-20. A three point shot by Jessica Sparks allowed the Warriors to maintain a three point lead over the Bobcats. Breanna Richardson made a three point jump shot to put Southern Wesleyan up 32-29.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the third quarter with a three point shot by Kasey Howard to put their lead at 35-31. Free throws by Aneysa Williams with just over five minutes left in the third quarter put the Warriors up 37-34. Three point shots by Williams and Jessica Sparks, and a layup by Tatiyana Mahone put the Warriors up 45-38. However, a jump shot by Mackenzi Blankenship allowed the Bobcats to tie it up with just at one minute left to play.
A three point jump shot by Jessica Sparks allowed the Warriors to regain the lead and make the score 51-48. Lees-McRae made a run to score on a layup and free throws and tie the game 56-56. The Bobcats took the lead on shots by Meg Crawford and Grace Canella. Lees-McRae went on to win the game in a 77-61 final.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to King to take on the Tornado on February 10 at 2 p.m. They will remain on the road on February 17 as they take on the Emmanuel Lions at 2 p.m.