Tornado defeat crosstown foe Virginia Intermont 69-60

Photo take by Rachel Burrus.
Photo take by Rachel Burrus.

BRISTOL, Va. – The King University women's basketball team made the trip across the state line to face crosstown foe Virginia Intermont College, emerging victorious by a score of 69-60 behind a balanced scoring attack, paced by ten points each from Bonnie Durrett and Sydney Harris.

After falling behind 2-0 early in the contest, the Tornado (6-2) took a 3-2 lead on a Durrett three-point field goal and did not relinquish the advantage. She finished one rebound away from a double-double, tying her season low rebounding total with nine.

Stephanie Brantley added in nine points for the Tornado on 4-for-9 shooting, including a three-point basket to beat the shot clock buzzer in the first half to stretch King's advantage to six points and key an 11-4 run over the next five minutes of play. After the Cobras (5-6) trimmed the lead back to six points, the Tornado scored 13 of the first half's final 15 points to take a 38-21 lead at the intermission.

King continued to pressure the Cobras during the second half, eventually holding a 27-point lead with just over six minutes remaining and key reserve players seeing significant playing time. But Virginia Intermont did not go away quietly. The Cobras knocked down six three-point field goals in the game's closing minutes, many from several feet beyond the three-point arc, to cut the final margin to 69-60. Virginia Intermont closed the game on a 23-5 run after trailing 64-37 with 5:16 to play.

The Tornado shot 37.5 percent from the field while holding the Cobras to 34.5 percent and outrebounded their crosstown foes 46-40. The Tornado bench outscored the Cobra reserves 36-25, with ten King players seeing at least ten minutes of playing time.

The Cobras were paced by Kayla Orrick, who led all scorers with 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jordan Ray added 11 points on the night. King's Tia Keitt pitched in with eight points on 3-for-4 shooting, while Jalan Harper pulled down six rebounds.

The Tornado will return to action on Wednesday night in a road matchup with Tusculum College. King will then return home for a contest with Mars Hill University on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Tornado's final contest before a break spanning Christmas and New Year's Day.

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