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Blaikley Crooks
Freedom High School grad Blaikley Crooks led all scorers with 21 points.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Winning Streak Snapped

In a rematch of last year’s SAC title game, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball saw their six game winning streak snapped by the Trojans. Anderson battled back from a double digit second half deficit to defeat the Bears 77-64 on Wednesday night. Blaikley Crooks had a game-high 23 points in the loss. LR will look to bounce back at home on Saturday against Tusculum.

Seven different Bears scored in the first quarter as LR took a 20-11 lead after the first ten minutes. It just took 2:38 for the Trojans to match their first quarter output as Anderson scored the quarters first eleven points to take their first lead of the game. After Anderson brief lead, the Bears took control again and reopened their nine point lead heading into halftime. Crooks lead the Bears with 14 points in the first half. Anderson had double the rebounds (24-12) then the Bears in the first half but LR had a 28-20 advantage of points in the paint.

For the second straight quarter, the Trojans stormed back from a double digit lead but this time Anderson did not let the lead slip away as Trojans took a 54-51 lead heading into the final period. Anderson scored 11 of the first 15 points of the 4th quarter to open up a ten point lead of their own with 6:21 left to go in the game. Bears could not make any runs as LR failed to cut into the lead as Anderson held at least a three possession lead the rest of the game. The Trojans held the Bears to just 24 second half points on the night.

Mikeba Jones had 15 points while Emily Harman had 12 points to join Crooks in double digits. Crooks and Jones had six rebounds a piece to lead the Bears. For the first time this season, The Bears did not hit a three-pointer as LR missed all eight shot from beyond the arc. Anderson held a 46-26 advantage on the boards lead by 14 from Diamond McDowell.

This is the first meeting since the Bears defeated the Trojans in the SAC Final last March. Bears actually swept Anderson in all three meeting last year but Anderson got the first win of this years series. The loss also snaps the Bears eight game SAC winning streak. The Bears will slip to second place in the SAC, one game between Catawba. The two teams will battle again two weeks from tonight in Hickory.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 13-5 overall, 8-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. Bears return to the Shu on Saturday with a contest against Tusculum. Tip-off is schedule at 2:00 PM from Hickory.