MISENHEIMER, N.C. – King Women's Basketball took an eight point lead into halftime before the Pfeiffer Falcons rallied in the second half. The Lady Tornado allowed 36 points in the second half and fell in their Conference Carolinas opener, 63-55. Alley Sprouse led the Lady Tornado with 15 points and five rebounds.
After coming out of the first half with an eight point lead, 35-27, Pfeiffer immediately came out to go on a 15-1 run over a span of 7:50. Pfeiffer jumped out to a six point lead, 42-36, at the end of the run and held on to the advantage for much of the second half.
King came within a basket of the Falcons on multiple occasions, making its first threat at retaking the lead near the six-minute mark. Alley Sprouse hit an open jumper to being the game within two points, 51-49, a deficit that King fought to keep heading into the final three minutes of the game.
With 2:55 remaining, King trailed 55-53 following a pair of made free throws by sophomore Chelsea Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.). As time wound down, Pfeiffer began 8-2 run that helped them pull away with a win. King went 0-for-4 from the field down the stretch, hitting only two free throw attempts to improve their score. After Brooke Johnson hit two shots from the charity stripe to bring King within three points, Brittany Cox made a three with 25 seconds remaining to secure the win.
King started strong in the first half building a double digit lead midway through the opening half. With the score 12-11 in favor of the hosts, King went on a 13-0 run led by a strong attack combining of Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.), Alley Sprouse (Newport, Tenn.) and Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.). King held as large as a 14 point lead in the final eight minutes of the first half before the Falcons began to chip away at the lead.
Sophomore Alley Sprouse led the Lady Tornado with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor on the day. She registered a career-high six blocks to lead both sides while adding five rebounds.
Junior Kelly Jackson joined her teammate in double digit scoring with 11 points and also shot north of 50 percent on the night (5-9). Freshman Bonnie Durrett led the team with nine rebounds.
King (1-1, 0-1 Conference Carolinas) will travel to Mars Hill, N.C. for a nonconference match against the Lions of Mars Hill College. The Lady Tornado are in the middle of a three-game streak of road games before returning to the Student Center Complex on Dec. 1 to host Queens (N.C.).