King falls to Cobras at home

Photo take by Rachel Burrus.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In another early season nonconference matchup, the King University women's basketball team faced crosstown rival Virginia Intermont College on Thursday night at the Student Center Complex. The Tornado took an early lead before the Cobras took the lead and didn't look back as they took the game 66-61.

Bonnie Durrett drilled a three-point basket just over a minute into the game, and King led 5-1 after a pair of Kelly Jackson free throws before the Cobra offense picked up. Virginia Intermont (3-1) went on a 19-5 run that was capped with eight straight points to take a 20-10 lead almost eight minutes into the first half.

After a Jackson jumper, the Cobras scored 13 straight points to take a commanding 33-12 lead with more than six minutes remaining in the first half. Alley Sprouse gave King (1-2) their first points in six minutes and 50 seconds when she made a jumper with 4:59 remaining in the first half. The Cobras earned their largest lead of the night at 38-16, and held a 40-23 advantage at halftime.

The Tornado shot 21.6 percent from the field in the first half, including 13.6 percent from three-point range while Virginia Intermont shot 42.9 percent from the field and 50.0 from three.

Durrett looked to spark the King offense in the second half as she made a layup with an assist to Tia Keitt to start a 6-0 run. Sydney Harris capped the spurt with back-to-back fastbreak layups to pull King within 42-34 with 12:34 remaining.

Virginia Intermont stretched their lead back to 15 before the Tornado made another run. Brittany Stringer and Durrett drilled back-to-back triples to pull King back within 58-54 with 3:11 remaining and bring the Student Center crowd to its feet. However, the Cobras responded to extend their lead back to nine points, eventually taking the game 66-61.

King shot 30.0 percent from the floor and 18.9 percent from long range in the game while the Cobras shot 39.7 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from three-point range. The Tornado outrebounded Virginia Intermont 50-40, including 16 offensive rebounds.

Harris led King with 18 points while Durrett posted her second straight double-double with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Keitt dished out a team-best five assists to go along with eight points.

King will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to take on Salem International University. Tipoff from Salem, W.Va., is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.