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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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.
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Young Harris – The Young Harris College women’s basketball team took its first lead with two minutes remaining and didn’t look back as the Mountain Lions rallied from a 21-point, first-half deficit to beat Truett McConnell, 58-50, on Monday afternoon at the YHC Basketball Arena.
“They played with no quit and played with pride the whole time,” Young Harris head coach Brenda Paul said. “Everyone on the team played as hard as they could. That is definitely a side of Young Harris Mountain Lion pride.”
Breanna Gleeson scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the second half and was 6-for-15 from the floor, including knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to key a Young Harris run. LaDondra Johnson recorded a double-double, 14 points and 14 rebounds – nine coming on the offensive end and Lauren Smith added 12 points, eight rebounds and dished out a team-high four assists as the Mountain Lions (6-9) were 23-of-68 shooting for 34 percent.
Young Harris trailed, 34-13, at the break after struggling to find anything offensively as the Mountain Lions were 6-for-33 from the floor for 18 percent. The Mountain Lions turned that around in the second half by shooting 49 percent and limiting the Lady Bears (5-13) to just 15 percent.
The Mountain Lions used a 27-13 run to start the second half and cut the deficit to 47-40 after a Smith layup with 5:20 left. A 3-pointer by Willani Love extended the Truett McConnell lead to 50-40 with 4:57 remaining.
However, the final five minutes was dominated by Young Harris as the Mountain Lions closed out the game out with an 18-0 run to earn the come-from-behind victory.
Love paced the Lady Bears with 15 points, while Symone Hampton and Jasmine Butler recorded 12 and 10, respectively. Despite shooting 54 percent in the first half, Truett McConnell was 18-of-52 (35 percent) from the floor.
The Mountain Lions return to action 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Rome, Ga., against Berry College.
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Young Harris College women’s basketball team surrendered a big run to start the second half in falling to King College, 71-55, on Saturday.
LaDondra Johnson paced Young Harris (5-9) with 23 points by going 11-for-16 from the floor, and also finished with seven rebounds. Breanna Gleeson added eight points and Lauren Smith chipped in with seven. Young Harris shot 44 percent (23-for-52) from the field.
King (6-15) led, 28-24, at the half, and came out in the second half and built a 51-28 lead. The Mountain Lions, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped, trimmed the deficit to 15 twice, but couldn’t get any closer.
Derika Mooney had a team-best 16 points for King, while pulling down six rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded five steals. Jessica Tharpe finished with 13 points as the Lady Tornado were 27-for-60 for 45 percent.
Young Harris concludes its three-game road trip 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Rome, Ga., against Berry College.