Second half surge propels King past Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - The King College women's basketball team clamped down to come from behind in a 60-40 win Saturday at Young Harris (Ga.) College as the Lady Tornado allowed just 11 second-half points.

King, now at 9-15, held Young Harris to a 5-for-20 effort from the field in the final 20 minutes which allowed the Lady Tornado to overcome a 29-21 halftime deficit.

Young Harris led for the final 17:34 of the first half and the opening 4:39 of the second half, but Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) and her lay up put King in front 32-31. Young Harris answered with a layup from Nikki Winn, however Deans put King up for good with her jumper with 13:50 left. From there King opened up a 45-33 lead and with 3:37 to go the Lady Tornado enjoyed a 53-36 advantage.

Deans finished the game as the leading scorer with 14 points.

As a part of King's second half comeback, the Lady Tornado held Young Harris without a basket for over 11 minutes.

Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) chipped in 13 points and was a rebound away from a double-double. Brianna Kelley (Greeneville, Tenn.) scored 10 points off the bench which matched the bench output from Young Harris.

King rallied after going 8-for-27 in the first by going 17-for-29 in the final 20 minutes. Overall the Lady Tornado went 25-for-56 (44.6 percent). On the other side Young Harris finished 16-for-49 (32.7 percent) with just one 3-pointer. The home team did have one more free throw, 7-6, than King.

The Lady Tornado won the rebound category 38-30 which included 17 offensive rebounds for King.

Young Harris got 12 points and 10 rebounds from LaDondra Johnson.

Next for King will be the NCAA Division II Independent Tournament hosted by the University of the District of Columbia from Feb. 25 to 27.