Lady Tornado Struggles Continue with Loss to Crusaders

Lady Tornado Struggles Continue with Loss to Crusaders
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – Sophomore Kelly Jackson earned her first double-double of the season but the Tornado fell in their tenth loss of the season on Tuesday evening. King College fell to the North Greenville Crusaders, 68-47, in their second Conference Carolinas game of the season.

Jackson, a native of Lynchburg, Va., earned her first double-double of her Tornado career and the team's first of the season after posting 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to NGU. She went 6-for-10 from the field, all two-point attempts.

Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) also finished the night with double-digit point totals, scoring 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line. She also added a team-best three assists and one steal in the game.

King (0-10, 0-2) trailed by only nine at the half and overcame an early 18-point deficit just eight minutes into the game. Trailing 22-4 at the 12:24 mark of the first half, King chipped away slowly at the Crusader lead by finishing out the half on a 17-8 run. Jackson scored the final two buckets of the half with a pair of successful jumpers in the final 1:03.

North Greenville (7-3, 2-0) jumped out to a 16-point lead within the first five minutes of the second half and did not allow King to regroup from that point, finishing the game a 21-point victor over the Tornado.

The Tornado struggled shooting once again, finishing as a team just under 27 percent from the field. They did not hit any of their 18 three-point attempts in the contest though did go a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Despite the loss, King managed to break even in the rebounding game, matching their opponent with 48 boards. They also limited their turnovers and finishing plus-three in turnover ratio against NGU.

Crusader guard Karly Stache led all scorers with 28 points on 11-for-14 shooting and hit six shots on eight attempts from behind the arc.

King will return to the court on Thursday, Jan. 5 at home against the Converse Valkyries for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff from inside the Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.). The Valkyries are 1-9 overall with their lone win coming in conference play against Erskine College, 69-63 on Nov. 29.

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