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Tornados Overtake Scotties in Final Minutes

Tornados Overtake Scotties in Final Minutes

DECATUR, Ga.—A 20-6 run to end the game spurred visiting Brevard to a 59-46 win over Agnes Scott in women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Woodruff Gym. The Scotties overcame a double-digit deficit in the first half to take a lead in the fourth quarter but went cold from the floor down the stretch to put Brevard back in control of the contest.

The Scotties fall to 2-15 on the season, while Brevard moves its win streak to five games to improve to 9-5.

Annalee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) played a solid game for the Tornados, scoring 20 points in the leading role including a perfect 6-for-6 night at the line. Destiny Williams (Aiken, S.C.) also played strongly in the starting lineup with 15 points on 50-percent shooting.

The Tornados swirled out to the early lead, 14-6, after the first quarter as Bollinger was cooking in the period. The junior guard scored the final eight points of the quarter for Brevard to help them to a commanding lead.

Brevard pushed the lead out even further in the second quarter as Agnes Scott struggled to find its offensive identity. With just under five minutes to go before the half, Brevard led 26-12, but the Scotties started to catch fire in the final minutes. Carried by the spark of Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.), Agnes Scott ended the half on a 9-2 run to cut the Brevard lead in half.

The Scotties momentum carried well into the second half as Brevard became the side to suddenly go cold from the floor. With 1:36 to go in the third, Natasha Banks (Douglasville, Ga.) collected a miss on the offensive end and laid it back in to tie the game for the first time at 32-32. The Scotties had several chances to take the lead at the end of the third, but it was Brevard who took the advantage into the fourth 34-32.

Agnes Scott continued to battle with the Tornados in the fourth and eventually took their second lead of the contest at 40-39 with 5:57 remaining in regulation.

The two teams went in separate directions from that moment as Brevard scored six straight points within a minute to make it a 45-40 game. Agnes had the chance to make it a one-possession game just a few moments later, but could not capitalize on the opportunity. The Scotties did not hit a shot from the field after Kamiyla Lane (Atlanta, Ga.) gave the Scotties the lead at 40-39. All six points over the final six minutes came from the free throw line.

Brevard made good on several long attempts over the final few minutes to put distance between the two sides.

Grant led the Scotties with 15 points, while Anna Weimerskirch (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Jane Lado (Louisville, Ky.) each had 10 as starters. Grant had another double-double with 11 rebounds and added three blocks to break the single-season record in Agnes Scott program history. She now has 52 on the season.

The Scotties are right back on their home court tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. when Huntingdon comes to town for a USA South matchup.