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Women’s basketball drops final home contest

February 13, 2011

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

The Young Harris College women’s basketball team was unable to stop King College in the second half as the Mountain Lions fell, 60-40, during Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday at the YHC Basketball Arena.

“That was an example of losing in a total effort,” said YHC women’s basketball head coach Brenda Paul.

LaDondra Johnson led YHC (8-13) with 12 points and 10 rebounds, which was her third double-double of the season. Nikki Winn and Lauren Smith chipped in with seven points each as the Mountain Lions finished at 32 percent from the field, hitting on 16 of their 49 attempts.

YHC raced out to a 20-9 lead with 4:42 remaining in the opening half and took a 29-21 advantage into the break.

King opened the second half with a 29-9 run to take a 50-36 lead with 4:54 remaining. Young Harris could not recover from the run made by King College in the final four minutes.

“They [King College’ stepped up in the second half, and we folded,” said Paul.

Ashley Deans led three Lady Tornado players in double figures with 14 points. Derika Mooney had 13 points and nine boards, while Brianna Kelley finished with 10 points as King (9-15) was 25-of-56 shooting for 45 percent.

The Mountain Lions take to the road in looks for the series sweep against Reinhardt University on Monday, February 14. Young Harris defeated the Lady Eagles, 77-55 in their previous match-up on January 17. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. in Waleksa.

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