by Doug Page
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Redshirt senior Alex Kimble and junior Kianna Wynn each tallied 16 points as the Barton College women's basketball team rebounded from a tough road loss on Friday night to defeat Lees-McRae College 79-48 on Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action.
The Lady Bulldogs (15-6, 10-3) shot 50 percent from downtown, a night after shooting just 11.8 percent en route to a 31-point victory over the Bobcats. Lees-McRae (6-13, 3-10) scored just 26 first-half points after going 11-of-36 from the field in the half.
Kimble finished the game 5-of-15 from the field and 4-of-10 from downtown for the Lady Bulldogs. She also added two assists and two steals to go along with a pair of rebounds. Wynn went 7-of-17 from the field and notched seven rebounds while adding four assists. Freshman Shanika Peterkin pulled-down a game-high 11 boards while adding six points and three blocks for Barton. Senior Karimah Dean recorded a double-double for the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points and 14 boards, while sophomore Summer Baer went 3-of-4 from downtown and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line to finish with a career-high 11 points.
Ava Bethea and Karli Mason each scored nine points for Lees-McRae as Mason hit 3-of-6 shots from downtown. Bethea went 3-of-3 from the floor and 2-of-2 at the charity stripe in 12 minutes on the court for the Bobcats. Breana Hardnett finished with seven points, while Canella added five points, four rebounds, and four blocks. Markia Stacey dished-out six assists to go along with three steals for Lees-McRae, while Meg Crawford tallied five boards and three blocks.
Despite being outscored in the opening half of play, Lees-McRae took an early 4-0 lead in the contest following a pair of layups by Forbes and Mackenzie Blankenship. Kimble would get the Lady Bulldogs on the board with a three to cut the deficit to one with 9:05 remaining. Wynn followed by giving BC a 5-4 lead with 8:33 left in the half. Trailing by one, senior Tatyana Jackson hit her lone three of the game to give the Lady Bulldogs back the lead at 8-6.
Crawford cut the Barton lead to 10-8 with 6:29 remaining but would be countered with a three from Kimble. The shot would spark a 9-0 rally for the Lady Bulldogs, who upped their lead to 19-8 following a layup by Wynn. It would take the Bobcats over four minutes to get their next bucket as Mason hit a three to make it 19-11 with 2:13 left in the quarter.
The second quarter saw BC stretch its lead to 10 as Wynn connected on a pair of free-throws to make it 26-16. With the lead trimmed to 28-22, BC went on a 7-0 run to take a 35-22 lead. Kimble capped the run for the Lady Bulldogs by draining a three and forcing Lees-McRae to call a timeout. Another 7-0 run to end the quarter gave Barton a 45-26 lead heading into halftime. Dean tallied the last bucket, finishing a layup with 15 seconds left on the clock.
Barton continued its run to start the third quarter as Wynn and Kimble hit consecutive layups to stretch the BC lead to 49-26. Mason would end the run by hitting a three for Lees-McRae with 7:55 left in the quarter. The Lady Bulldogs closed the quarter on a 5-2 run as junior Dinah Neal scored four of her eight points to give BC a 64-37 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Baer would sink a three for Barton to up the Lady Bulldogs' lead to 69-39. Less than three minutes later, Baer drained another three to make it 75-41 with 3:35 left in the contest. With 1:25 left in the quarter, freshman Tea Medley hit a pair of free-throws to complete the scoring in the game for Barton, giving the Lady Bulldogs a 79-46 lead. Bethea scored the final two points of the game at the free-throw line with six seconds left on the clock to bring the score to 79-48.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the game 29-of-65 from the floor and 13-of-15 from the charity stripe, while Lees-McRae went 17-of-66 from the floor and 6-of-21 from downtown. Barton out-rebounded the Bobcats 48-38 and tallied 19 second-chance points. The Lady Bulldogs also scored 23 points off Lees-McRae turnovers, while the Bobcats scored five points off 16 Barton turnovers. Barton's largest lead of the game (34 points) came with 3:35 left in the fourth quarter.
Barton returns home to host its final two regular-season matches against Limestone at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31. and Southern Wesleyan at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3 for senior day.