November 16, 2011

Multiple Rallies Fall Short in Loss to Brevard

BREVARD, N.C. – King College fought from behind to challenge Brevard College in the Battle of the Tornados but fell short in a 76-66 loss, Wednesday night. King's Brooke Johnson led all Tornado scorers from both sides of the floor with 21 points but second half turnovers burned the Navy and Scarlett in the loss.

 

King (0-2) trailed by only four points late in the game but five turnovers in the last five minutes helped Brevard increase their lead to ten points, which served as the eventual margin of victory. Brevard shot 4-for-6 from the field down the stretch and hit 5-of-6 free throw shots to aid them to victory.

Twice, King College fought back from double-digit deficits and closed the gap to within four points. They first fell behind when Brevard started the game on a 16-2 run. King slowly but surely battled back into the game, cutting the lead to four points inside the three-minute mark, backed by Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) hitting all four three-point attempts and posting 17 first-half points.

Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) posted double figures in the second half to help King keep the game close. Jackson hit 5-of-7 from the field and scored 11 points in the half to back the team's 53.3 shooting percentage in the second half.

King shot over 60 percent from behind the arc in the second half, hitting 8-of-13 from distance. The team's accuracy helped overcome their second double-digit point deficit in the game as they trailed by 11 with 14 minutes to go. Trailing 51-40, King went on a 13-1 run to gain the lead back with 8:39 remaining.

The difference came with late second half turnovers committed by King, giving the ball up 14 times and leading to 15 Brevard points. Five of King's turnovers came in the final five minutes, helping Brevard separate itself.

Three King players walked away scoring in double figures, led by Jackson's 21 points. Jackson finished shooting 6-for-10 (.600), adding 13 points and freshman Alley Sprouse (Newport, Tenn.) posted 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field, adding six rebounds in the process.

King falls to 0-2 on the year and prepared to play Carson-Newman (Jefferson City, Tenn.) in their last game prior to the start of the conference slate. The Tornado will play the Eagles on Nov. 23 (2:00 p.m.) before heading to Gaffney, S.C. to play Limestone on Nov. 29 to begin league play.