HARTVILLE, S.C. – An early lead was sustained by the host Coker Cobras in their 73-63 defeat of King University Women's Basketball, Saturday afternoon. Bonnie Durrett tallied yet another double-double while Kelly Jackson led the team in points with 16.
Sophomore forward Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky.) notched her eighth double-double of the season behind 11 points and 10 rebounds on the afternoon. Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) scored a team high 16 points and was one of three to score in double figures. Freshman Stephanie Brantley (Pilot Mountain, Tenn.) served as the third Lady Tornado in double figures, scoring 10 and pulling down six boards and four steals in 21 minutes of play.
An 11-4 run by Coker early in the first half kept the Cobras and the Lady Tornado separated for the entire first half. That run, started just short of four minutes into the game, was spurred by five different Coker scorers. Hailey Yohn gave Coker its first double-digit point lead, 25-15, with 4:08 to go after she hit a three pointer. Alley Sprouse hit a short-range jumper with two seconds to go to cut the lead to 11 at the half.
Keeping the distance established in the first, Coker maintained its 10-plus point lead until Tia Keitt put in a layup to bring the Lady Tornado within eight points and 10:05 left to play. King missed its next six shots from the field while the Cobras added 12 points to its lead, hitting its largest lead of the game (20) with four minutes to go. Consecutive threes by Bonnie Durrett brought the Coker lead to 15 and King made a late push to trim the lead to 10 points but the Cobras held on to its lead en route to a 71-61 victory over the Lady Tornado.
Amber Lau scored more than one-third of the Cobras points, tallying a game-high 24 on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. Five of those seven makes were from three-point range. Autumn Lau was one rebound away from a double-double after scoring 10 points in the win.
The loss drops King to 9-7 overall and a 5-7 Conference Carolinas mark heading into their second straight road game to close out the month of January. They will play North Greenville University (Tigerville, S.C.) on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. They will return to the Student Center Complex on Feb. 2 to host Barton.