December 15, 2012

Four Double-Digit Scorers as Hornets Defeat Cougars 71-57

For immediate release- 12/15/2012 - #198
Four Double-Digit Scorers as Hornets Defeat Cougars 71-57

DANVILLE, VA – Four members of the Lynchburg College women's basketball team scored in double-figures as the Hornets defeated Averett University 71-57 in non-conference play on Saturday. 

The first half started with runs by both teams.  LC had two separate 6-0 runs which were split up by a 7-0 run for the Cougars.  The Hornets then stretched the lead to 22-12 at 10:47 thanks to a defense that caused nine turnovers in those first nine minutes.

Lynchburg stretched the advantage to 12 over the next four minutes, but Averett cut the deficit to four points after two three-point baskets from Caroline Young and a basket by Mette Scheiman.  AU guard Katy Stover would hit three free throws to cut the lead to one at the 1:18 mark.  However, Shannon Allan drove to the basket on the ensuing possession and scored her second basket of the game to stop the Cougar run.  Chaney Forbush hit a layup and Sarah Tolliver hit a mid-range jump shot in the last 30 seconds to put the Hornets up by seven at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Allan and the rest of the Hornets frontcourt took over.  Lauren Penley scored eight of her 16 points within the first five minutes of the period, with Allan and Sammi Goldsmith adding two and four points during that time.  Those three, along with Sarah Coon, Caleigh Patterson, and Katie Reeves helped push the LC lead to 51-35 before the Cougars called a timeout.  Allan would continue to pressure Averett, scoring 11 of her game-high 17 points during the final 15 minutes.

Young led AU (1-6 overall) with 15 points, shooting 3-4 from beyond the arc.  Along with her offensive production, Allan grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists, nearly tallying a triple-double.  Goldsmith and Forbush contributed 12 and 10 points respectively, with Forbush and Penley collecting six and eight caroms throughout the game.

Lynchburg (6-3, 2-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) will be off for two weeks for the holidays.  The Hornets will be back in action on December 30, as they travel to North Carolina Wesleyan for a non-conference tilt.  Tip-off time is set for 3 p.m.