King returns to the win column thanks to 68-56 victory over Brevard

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College turned to the start of 2011 to end a four-game losing streak as the Lady Tornado defeated Brevard (N.C.) College 68-56 Monday inside the Student Center Complex.

King improved to 3-12 as all three wins have been at home. Brevard went to 4-8 on the season.

Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) paced King with 15 points along with seven rebounds. She was 6-for-10 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line.

Sophomore Mikki Oliver (Hampton, Tenn.) chipped in a career-best 13 points by going 5-for-8 overall and 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line. Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) finished with a dozen points while Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jana Gross (Dayton, Ohio) collected seven rebounds, seven points and had three assists off the bench.

Brevard's leading scorer Michela Watkins paced everyone with 18 points. Ashleley Watkins and Lindsay Brendle both contributed 10 points. Watkins also had seven rebounds.

King and Brevard traded baskets early, but the home team used a three-point play from Deans 3:21 into the game to take an 8-5 lead. King pushed the margin out to five with back-to-back baskets from Jessica Tharpe (Sevierville, Tenn.) and Deans, but Anna Schlobohm answered with two baskets of her own to make the score 12-11 with 13 minutes left in the half.

A 7-0 King run in the next three minutes was stopped by Holli Flippo and her three pointer, but the five point difference, 19-14, was as close as Brevard could get the rest of the half. The King defense put the clamps on the opponents and reeled off 11 straight points. The home team enjoyed a 30-14 lead with 4:14 left in the half, but Brevard had the final seven points of the half as the score was 30-21 after 20 minutes.

Brevard kept fighting and Watkins got the team within a point, 36-35, to King five minutes into the final half. Five straight King points turned momentum, but it was short lived. Brevard and the quick strike scoring from Watkins helped the visitors take a 43-41 lead with 12 minutes left. The lead changed hands four times in the next two-plus minutes until a Mooney free throw put King up for good, 48-47, with 9:25 to go. Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) had four of King's next five points to boost the lead.

Watkins shot Brevard within three with 6:42 showing on the clock as King owned a 53-50 advantage. However after that King poured in the next 11 points in a 3:20 span and did not look back.

King finished the game 23-for-48 (47.9 percent) overall and 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) from behind the three-point line. The overall field goal percentage ranks second for the team this season. Half of the made three pointers came from Oliver. King also added a 16-for-22 (72.7 percent) effort at the free throw line.

On the other side Brevard was 21-for-56 (37.5 percent) at the end of the contest. The team was just 3-for-16 (18.8 percent) from long range and 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) at the free throw line.

King won the rebound battle 39-30. Both teams had nine offensive rebounds and Brevard outscored King in the second-chance category 12-7.

Turnovers helped the home team as King scored 22 points off 21 turnovers. Brevard was able to used 17 King turnovers for 17 points.

The 68 points are the most in a King win this season. The Lady Tornado used 67 points to defeat Virginia Intermont College and the team finished with 65 in the season opening win over Pfeiffer (N.C.) University.

The King defense held an opponent to under 60 points for the third time in the 2010-11 season.

Next for King will be the University of District of Columbia New Year's Classic Saturday and Sunday. First for King will be a 6 p.m. contest Saturday with host, the University of District of Columbia. The next day King plays Washington Adventist at 1 p.m.