Season highs helps Lady Tornado to 62-48 win at Salem International

SALEM, W.Va. - A King College women's basketball duo scored in double-digits as the Lady Tornado picked up a 62-48 win at Salem International (W.Va.) University Saturday.

Brianna Kelley (Greeneville, Tenn.) posted a career-high 17 points to lead all scorers by going 5-for-5 from the field and 7-for-8 at the free throw line.

Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) netted a season-best 15 points and had eight rebounds.

The Lady Tornado capitalized at the free throw line with season highs in attempts and makes. King finished the game 24-for-35 (68.6 percent). The previous season high in both categories came on Dec. 4 when the team was 22-for-30 against Virginia Intermont College.

King improved to 5-13 and won back-to-back games for the first time this season. King defeated Washington Adventist 82-53 on Sunday. Saturday's victory was also the first in a road game as the Washington Adventist contest was on a neutral court. Overall King has a 2-9 mark away from Bristol.

The lead was owned by King for the entire game except for the opening 54 seconds. Brittany Wells put Salem, now at 0-16 on the season, up 2-0 then Collins tied things. Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) sunk two free throws and the Lady Tornado went from there. Eventually the game saw King lead 12-3 seven minutes in with six of the points coming on two Jessica Tharpe (Sevierville, Tenn.) three pointers.

Mooney's jumper with 2:40 left in the half gave King a 15-point lead, 24-9. When the half ended the Lady Tornado enjoyed a 27-15 lead. The 15 points are the fewest allowed by the King defense in any half this season, four fewer than Carson-Newman (Tenn.) College had in the opening half on Dec. 11.

In the second half Salem answered with a spurt to make it a six-point game, 31-25. Carrie Moore's three capped the home team's 10-4 run. King answered with a 17-point outburst, including six from Collins in a 2:46 run.

With 8:39 to go Kelley's two free throws gave King a 48-28 lead, the first time the margin grew to 20. It was part of a 9-0 run that saw the Lady Tornado lead 52-28 with 7:25 left.

Brittany Kinser (Greeneville, Tenn.) scored King's last points with 4:13 to go as the Lady Tornado led 62-39 at that point.

Despite the score both teams hit 18 baskets with King going 18-for-59 (30.5 percent) and Salem 18-for-57 (31.6 percent). Salem had five 3-pointers compared to two for King, both from Tharpe.

Brittany Wells had 11 points for Salem. Treshaun Robertson pulled in 12 of Salem's 37 rebounds.

The 48 points matches the fewest King has allowed this season, matching Virginia Intermont's output on Nov. 19.

King remains on the road with a Tuesday trip to North Greenville (S.C.) University. The game was rescheduled from Thursday due to the winter weather. Tuesday's game has a 6 p.m. scheduled start.