Big second half helps Young Harris sink Vikings 84-50
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College outscored Berry College by 34 points in the second half as the Mountain Lions defeated Berry College 84-50 in a women's basketball game Saturday (Feb. 18) afternoon at the YHC Basketball Arena.
The Mountain Lions, who finished the season 10-1 at home, won their eighth consecutive game as they improved to 21-3. Young Harris will travel to Puerto Rico for its final two games of the season. They start the road trip with a 5 p.m. contest Thursday (Feb. 23) against the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon. Berry fell to 7-14.
With the contest knotted at 33 at the half, the Mountain Lions outscored the Vikings 23-6 at the start of the second period as they took a 56-39 lead after Ladondra Johnson nailed a short jumper with 9:28 to play. Johnson scored seven of her game-high 20 points during the deciding run.
The Vikings got the score as close as 15 points three different times, but the Mountain Lions continued to build on their lead throughout the remainder of the game. The final score was the largest lead – 34 points -- for the Young Harris. The Mountain Lions limited Berry to just 20.9 percent (6-of-29) from the floor over the final 20 minutes and forced 13 second-half turnovers.
Johnson nearly had a double double as she also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Breanna Gleeson had 11 points off the bench for the Mountain Lions while Lauren Smith contributed 10 points, six assists and four steals. Keta Robinette added nine points while Peyton Robertson and Kaycee Cash tallied eight. Shereese Williams also had seven points and eight rebounds for Young Harris.
Chanlir Segarra was the lone player in double figures for the Vikings as she scored 12 points.