December 4, 2010

Lady Tornado returns to win column, King beats VIC 67-56

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 67-56 victory over neighboring Virginia Intermont College Saturday with three players scoring in double-digits.

King improved to 2-8 as the Lady Tornado won for the first time since the season opener on Nov. 12. The Lady Tornado avenged a loss at Virginia Intermont on Nov. 19 by the score of 48-43. The Lady Cobras slipped to 6-4.

Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) paced King with 17 points as she was 8-for-8 at the free-throw line. She also grabbed a team-best six rebounds and recorded four steals, the most by a Lady Tornado this season. Sophomore Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) added 11 points and a game-high five assists. Cheyenne Thornsberry (Bristol, Tenn.) also had four steals from her forward position.

The first half featured seven ties and four lead changes until King used a Deans lay up with 4:38 left in the half to take a 22-20 lead. The Lady Tornado would take a slim 27-24 lead into the locker room at the break. Virginia Intermont enjoyed the largest lead of the half at four, 14-10, at the mid-point of the half. Five minutes into the game the teams were locked together at 5-5.

The lead swapped hands four times in the first three minutes of the final half until Deans put King up for good. Her field goal with 17:08 left made the score 33-32 and the Lady Tornado went onto build a 44-34 lead four minutes later. A three pointer by Teonika Webb brought the visitors within four, 48-44, with 8:14 to go, but King pushed the lead back out and did not look back.

Virginia Intermont got 18 points from Webb.

King capitalized on turnovers forcing 25 which led to 15 points. The Lady Cobras' Megan Fanney gave the ball away nine times, the most by any single player against King so far in 2010-11.

Virginia Intermont made more baskets, 22-for-47 (46.8 percent) than King, 19-for-49 (38.8 percent). However King was 22-for-30 (73.3 percent) at the free throw line while the Lady Cobras went 8-for-9 (88.9 percent). All nine of Virginia Intermont's free throw attempts were in the second half.

Next for King will be a trip back to Tusculum (Tenn.) College on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The two will play a 5:30 p.m. contest. In the first meeting this season, No. 23 Tusculum left Bristol with a 64-46 win.