King uses second half surge against Young Harris

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College women's basketball team pulled away with a strong second half run for a 71-55 win over the visitors from Young Harris (Ga.) College Saturday.

After owning a 28-24 halftime lead, King came out in the second half and built a 51-29 lead at the mid-point of the second. Of the 23 Lady Tornado points in the run, nine came from Jessica Tharpe (Sevierville, Tenn.). Tharpe went onto score 13 points for the game.

Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) had a team-best 16 points for King. She also pulled down six rebounds dished out three assists and recorded five steals.

Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) finished with nine points and eight rebounds in the game. Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) and Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) also scored nine each.

In the first half King led for the first 15 minutes until LaDondra Johnson broke an 18-18 tie to put Young Harris in front with two points. Johnson ended up leading all scorers with 23 points by going 11-for-16 from the floor.

King tied the game back at 20 with a Johnson basket, but Young Harris answered with four straight points. Mooney broke a scoreless drought with her three pointer with 98 seconds left in the half to get King within one, 24-23. Brianna Kelley (Greeneville, Tenn.) went onto score the final five points of the half to give King the 28-24 halftime lead.

For the game King was 27-for-60 (45.0 percent) from the field with a 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) effort from behind the three-point arc. At the line King was just 7-for-10 (70.0 percent). Young Harris went 23-for-52 (44.2 percent) with just three 3-pointers for the game.

The rebound battle went to Young Harris 35-30, but King used 20 Young Harris turnovers for 23 points. The Lady Tornado committed a season-low 11 turnovers.

King, now at 6-14 on the season, will play the University of the District of Columbia on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. Young Harris has a 5-9 record after the game.