HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats (5-11, 3-8) lost their seventh straight game and their second consecutive game when leading at the half to the Coker College Lady Cobras (5-10, 4-6) 83-69 Saturday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas game, despite a career high 21 points for senior Cortney Furr.
Lees-McRae opened up a 9-4 lead with 17:10 to play when Ashley Holland hit the back hit of two free throws. During the run, Amber Coleman sparked the offense with five points.
Coker took at 14-12 lead a Jessica Hayes three with 12:21 to play, but on the next a Furr three retook the for Lees-McRae, 15-14.
Eight lead changes and five ties later, Furr knocked down another trey to give the Lady Bobcats a one point lead, 35-34, heading into the intermission.
Lees-McRae shot 35 percent from the floor and 42 percent from behind the arc, while Coker was 42 percent overall and 25 percent from three.
Coker opened the second half with a Hayes field goal to take a 36-35 lead, but on the next possession Jazzimine Tate answered for the Lady Bobcats on a put back to regain the lead.
On the very next trip down the court for the Lady Cobras a Hayes field goal gave the Cobras the lead for good with 19:24 on the clock.
Coker pushed the lead to ten, 62-52, three minutes later on an Alexis Blow field goal.
Jasmine Alston made two free throws to give the Lady Cobras a game high 14 points and the game its final score of 83-69.
In the second half, Lees-McRae was 33 percent from the field and 25 percent from three, while Coker heated up to 52 percent overall and 66 percent from three.
Coker took advantage of 23 Lees-McRae turnovers and scored 24 points, while Lees-McRae only scored 10 points off of 18 Coker turnovers.
30 of the Lady Bobcats 69 points came from behind the three-point line.
Furr’s 21 points, five assists and three block shots led the Lady Bobcats. Coleman added 14 points, and Ashley Holland tallied a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Hayes led the Lady Cobras with 22 points and added seven rebounds. Lotta Aaltonen chipped in 21 points and 13 rebounds for a double double. Alston added 12 points for the Lady Cobras.
Lees-McRae will host the Queens University of Charlotte Monday, January 26th at 5 p.m.