Banner Elk-NC - The Emmanuel College Women's Basketball team have lost their second consecutive game on the road after a tough 69-62 point loss to Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon. Lees-McRae managed to come out on top in a tight contest that saw 5 lead changes, with the largest margin of the game 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Mikayla Trombley had a standout performance for the Lions collecting 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals, but it wasn't enough to propel her team to victory. The Lions missed the presence of Senior Alesia Fagin who was sidelined due to injury, and struggled long range connecting on just 3/16 3-point attempts. Timia Reynolds had a solid game contributing 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal, while Avery Scarbrough picked up 7 points and 7 rebounds.
The Lions struggled with accuracy at the net, but managed to collect more rebounds and turnovers that the Bobcats overall. Trombley's dying efforts, scoring 5 points in the final minute, were not enough to shrink the gap between the teams. EC Freshmen Mya Moss lead the way with 10 rebounds, while Ashlyn Loudermilk claimed 5 points and rebounds. The loss sent EC down to 5th place in conference with a record of 5-4, with an overall record of 9-6.
The Emmanuel Lions will be looking to collect their 6th conference win when they take on local rivals Southern Wesleyan University on Monday January 18th at 5:30pm. After 4 games on the road the Lions are looking forward to coming home to the Jack and Jane Shaw Athletic Center to enjoy a familiar crowd in their home opener for the Spring semester.
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