BRISTOL, Tenn. – Alley Sprouse and Jana Gross each scored a team-high 12 points apiece in a 65-54 loss to the Lees-McRae Bobcats on Tuesday night. The double-double is Sprouse's second of the season as the Tornado fall to 4-20 overall, 4-12 in Conference Carolinas play.
Sprouse, a native of Newport, Tenn., recorded her second double-double of the season with a 12-point, 10-rebound performance against the Bobcats. She went 5-of-11 from the field and six of her 10 rebounds were on the offensive end, helping toward 11 second-chance points for King.
Lees-McRae (8-13, 4-11) shot 50 percent from the field and ruled the paint with 44 of their 65 points registered from close range. They scored 14 points on the fast break and scored 19 points on 16 King turnovers.
Sprouse scored all 12 of her points in the second half where she shot 5-of-7 from the field and both of her free throw shots. Gross spread out her 10 points evenly between halves with six in each half and shot 3-of-6 overall on the day. Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) was one point and one rebound away from her third double-double of the season, notching nine points and boards on the day.
Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) and Kelly Jackson both had multiple three-point makes to open their game up. Jackson went 2-for-3 from behind the arc while Collins hit all three of her three point attempts on the day to triple her total coming into the game. Collins and Jackson both finished with nine points.
Three Bobcats finished in double figures, led by Bobcat guard Icey Patterson's 19 points. Kerri Belcher and DeAnna Waters each had 16 points. Waters notched a double-double with 16 and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Tornado will conclude their road schedule at Pfeiffer University with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff time in Misenheimer, North Carolina. King will follow with its final home game on Feb. 24 against Erskine College on Senior Night.