Second Half Surge Too Little, Too Late
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – King Women's Basketball set a new season high with 44 second half points. Despite the surge, it could not overcome a 23-point halftime deficit inflicted by the Queens (N.C.) Royals. The hosts defeated the Lady Tornado, 76-62, Saturday afternoon.
All five King starters hit double figures scoring, led by Kelly Jackson with 16 points. She set a new season-high on 8-of-12 shooting and marked the fourth time she has led the team in scoring this season. Her previous high was 15 points, set on Nov. 12 at Lincoln Memorial in the season opener.
After falling behind by 24 early in the second half, King halved the lead under the 11-minute mark after going on a 10-3 run near the midway point of the second half. The run was capped off by Jana Gross' three pointer to make the score 53-41 but was as close as King would get in the game. Queens responded to that run, erasing it by scoring the next 10 points to build their lead back to 24 points.
King again responded with a second run, again drawing within 12 points of the Royals by going on a 9-2 run beginning at the five-minute mark. Four different Tornado players contributed to the run.
Brittany Kinser (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) each had 10 points and combined for nine rebounds. Kinser went 3-for-6 from the field with a block and a steal to her line. Gross tallied 11 points while she and Kelly Jackson each had two steals.
Shonice Pettaway Queens in scoring with 21 points and collected eight rebounds. Sarah Myatt recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards, while Shanel Sweet and Dyonna Battle scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.
King (4-11, 4-19) will continue its current road trip with two more games away from the Student Center Complex, traveling to Banner Elk, N.C. to play Lees-McRae on Feb. 14 and then head to Misenheimer, N.C. to play the Pfeiffer Falcons on Feb. 18.