BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King Lady Tornado basketball team released their schedule for the 2012-13 season on Friday. The Lady Tornado will play a 26-game slate with 22 games against Conference Carolinas competition. Fans will get a chance to see their team play at home in the Student Center Complex 13 times this season, beginning with their season opener against their cross-town rival, Virginia Intermont, on Nov. 14.
King will open the season with its heralded stateline rivalry in its homeopener on Nov. 14 against the Virginia Intermont Cobras inside the Student Center Complex. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. as the two teams rejuvenate their former Appalachian Athletic Conference rivalry from years past that resonates in nonconference play today.
Following their game against VI, King will have an early start to Conference Carolinas play at Pfeiffer on Nov. 17. After three straight more road games, including a second conference against a conference opponent, Mount Olive, King will play their first home league game versus Queens (N.C.) on Dec. 1. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is set for 5:30 p.m.
In a matchup that continues the battle for the inaugural Blue Ridge Cup, King will host Lees-McRae College on Jan. 21 before returning the favor in Banner Elk, N.C. to play the Bobcats on Feb. 13. One of King's thrilling conference wins came against Lees-McRae last season when both teams engaged in a defensive battle, ending in a 55-52 upset victory for the Lady Tornado.
The Lady Tornado conclude their regular season with three consecutive home conference games, including Senior Day on Mar. 1 against North Greenville. King closes out the regular season against Coker (Feb. 23), Converse (Feb. 26), and then begins March Madness in their final game against NGU with hopes of competing for their first Conference Carolinas championship.
King looks to improve on their 5-21 (5-13 Conference Carolinas) from a season ago. The Lady Tornado had three wins of at least 20 points against conference opponents Converse, St. Andrews, and Erskine. The Navy and Scarlet also had two thrilling wins in back-to-back games against Lees-McRae and league-runner-up Barton. In the game against the Bulldogs, Barton held a seven point lead with just over five minutes left against the Lady Tornado. However, King turned up the intensity and ended the game on a 9-1 run to pull off the upset, 53-52.