January 12, 2013

Johnson, Durrett Lead King to Upset Win

Brooke Johnson led the Lady Tornado with 21 points while Bonnie Durrett's fifth double-double of the season helped knock off the first place Pfeiffer Falcons.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – With time dwindling and the lead in the balance, the Lady Tornado rallied to finish Saturday night's game on a 9-2 run to upset the first place Pfeiffer Falcons. Bonnie Durrett hit two keys baskets down the stretch and recorded her fifth double-double of the season in the win. Brooke Johnson led the Lady Tornado with 21 points in her quest to reach 1,000 career points.

Pfeiffer (9-2, 4-2) took its first lead of the second half with 3:18 to go when Brittany Cox hit a three pointer from the left wing. With a one-point lead, 62-61, sophomore Bonnie Durrett tied the game by splitting a pair of free throws after Cox committed her team's seventh foul. Pfeiffer regained a one-point advantage when Christina Harvey split a pair of free throws after being sent to the line.

Durrett, a West Paducah, Ky. native, scored the team's next four points to reestablish King's lead with less than a minute to go. Both of her buckets were scored inside the paint after fighting through traffic to give the Lady Tornado a 66-63 lead with 41 seconds left in the game.

King bore down on defense and kept the Falcons to a single point and without a field goal for the final 1:40 of the game. Pfeiffer was held to only two field goal attempts and went 2-for-5 from the charity stripe in that time as the offense stalled, leading to a six-point win for the Lady Tornado, 70-64.

The Falcons had incurred only one loss coming into Saturday's game and were atop Conference Carolinas with a 4-1 league record. King held Pfeiffer well below its season average of 75.0 points per game while exceeding their average points allowed by just under six points (64.1 ppg/all). Three of Pfeiffer's four players that average 10 or more points per game were held below their season scoring averages including leading scorer Jodie Lemons (15.7), Christina Harvey (13.6), and Kellie Rhoney (10.4). The trio combined for 15 points on Saturday.

After Durrett gave King a two-point lead, 37-35, going into the half the Lady Tornado slowly built as much as a 12-point lead with the aid of three-point makes by Sara Mitchell (Bronx, N.Y.) and Brooke Johnson.  Alley Sprouse (Newport, Tenn.) scored all four of her points during King's 14-5 run that led to their game-high lead.

Carter Williams and Brittany Cox combined for a trio of three pointers in the Falcons' rush to tie the game late. Pfeiffer responded with a 17-4 run as King cooled off from the field and misfired on 10 of its next 11 shot attempts.

Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) inched closer to the 1,000 career point mark with a team-high 21 points on the night. Johnson entered the game 142 points away from the century mark. After Saturday night, she needs only 121 more points to reach the milestone.

Bonnie Durrett recorded her fifth double-double of the season and her third straight behind 14 points and 14 rebounds. Seven of her 14 points came from the free throw line.

Junior Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) joined her teammates with 10-plus points after finishing with a season-high 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.

Pfeiffer's Brittany Cox led all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-20 field goal shooting. Five of her 10 field goals were from three-point range.

King (7-4, 3-4) will play its next two games on the road, beginning with Converse College on Jan. 16. The Lady Tornado will tipoff with the Valkyries at 7 p.m. Their next home action will be on Jan. 21 against rival Lees-McRae at 5:30 p.m.