Winn, Johnson lead YHC past Tennessee Temple
With information from wire reports
Nikki Winn did most of her damage in the first half and LaDondra Johnson took over in the second half as the Young Harris College women’s basketball team held off Tennessee Temple, 56-48, Saturday at the YHC Basketball Arena.
“We scrambled and found a way to win that one,” YHC head coach Brenda Paul said. “We had no information on that team. We did a great job at changing up the defenses and getting turnovers in key times. We took control of the boards and out-rebounding them. If you look at the stats, that’s the difference in the game and how well we did on the boards.”
Winn, a former Towns County High School standout, scored 12 of her 18 points in the first half, including draining four 3-pointers. Johnson was equally impressive as she scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to pace YHC (7-10). Lauren Smith added eight points and recorded 12 rebounds, along with handing out five assists as the Mountain Lions shot 36 percent (18-of-50) from the field.
YHC opened the game on an 18-6 run, capped by a Winn 3-pointer with 8:27 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders rallied and cut the margin to 27-20 before halftime.
The Crusaders rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to tie the game at 41 on a pair of free throws by Shayla Wilson with 5:32 remaining. However, the Mountain Lions ended the game on a 15-7 run to get the victory.
Amber Charles led Tennessee Temple (6-11) with 10 points, while Cherelle James added nine points as the Crusaders were 15-of-43 shooting for 35 percent.
YHC takes to the road 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31 against Tennessee Wesleyan.