MARS HILL, N.C. – Sophomore Bonnie Durrett recorded her first double-double of her career with the Lady Tornado in King's 63-42 road victory over the Mars Hill Lions, Tuesday night. Allison Bosse helped spoil the Lions home opener with a team-high 13 points while Durrett had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
As was the case in their previous game against Pfeiffer, King jumped out in front early on the Mars Hill Lions starting the game on a 16-4 run. The Lady Tornado caused eight turnovers during that run, contributing to the 22 total MHC turnovers forced during the game.
King held an advantage of 10 points or better for the entire first half until the final 15 seconds of the period when Candace Wilmoth hit a pair of free throws to trim the King lead to eight going into the locker room, 28-20. Thirteen of King's 28 first-half points were off of turnovers by the Lions.
Armeka Booker started the second half with a layup to cut deeper into the King lead, 28-22, but the Lady Tornado scored the next seven points to reacquire their double digit lead. Bonnie Durrett hit one of her two three pointers to extend King's lead to 11, 35-24, with 16:45 remaining in the game. Freshman Stephanie Brantley helped maintain that double-digit advantage with a three of her own at the 15-minute mark to increase the lead to 38-26.
Mars Hill shot 0-for-11 from three-point range in the second half, contributing to King's stronghold on the lead late in the game. They shot only 31 percent from the field during the second half but still managed to keep within striking distance of King.
With 6:41 remaining in the game, Armeka Booker laid in an easy two-point basket to draw within six of the Lady Tornado, 46-40. It was the last time Mars Hill would contest for the victory as King went on a 16-3 run to close out the game powered by four points from Kelly Jackson and Allison Bosse.
King largest lead of the game was 19 points, held with 1:22 remaining in the contest after Brantley hit another open jumper which also served as the last basket of the game.
The rebounding advantage went to King as they out boarded the Lions 51 to 36. Twenty-four of King's 51 rebounds were on the offensive end, resulting in 19 second chance points.
Three King players ended the night with 10 or more points, led by senior Allison Bosse. The Knoxville, Tenn. native led the team with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field while hitting 5-of-6 free throw attempts and adding four rebounds to her line.
Sophomore transfer Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky./Jefferson College) recorded her first double-double of her young career with King, posting 12 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. She shot 4-for-12 from the field while hitting a pair of three pointers and free throws.
Junior Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va./Elon) contributed 10 points and six rebounds. She shared the team lead in assists (3) with sophomore guard Chelsea Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn./ETSU). Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) added nine points on 4-of-7 shooting from the point.
Mars Hill forward Armeka Booker led the Lions in scoring with 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting, all inside three-point range. Kelsey Espinosa led MHC with seven rebounds.
King (2-1, 1-0) will close out its ongoing three-game road trip with a conference matchup against Mount Olive on Nov. 27. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. The Lady Tornado will bring their game back to the Student Center Complex when they kick off a basketball doubleheader against Queens (N.C.), beginning at 5:30 p.m.