Mountain Lions tame Valkyries 69-46 to run record to 4-0

Keta Robinette

SPARTANBURG, S.C. –Young Harris College outscored Converse College by 20 points in the second half as the Mountain Lions broke open a close game at the half with a 69-46 women's basketball victory over the Valkyries Saturday (Dec. 8) afternoon at Hannah Gym.

The Mountain Lions improved to 4-0 and they return home Wednesday (Dec. 12) for a noon Education Day matinee against Truett-McConnell College at the YHC Basketball Arena. Converse remains winless in five tries this season.

Converse took its only lead of the game when Kayla Garrett connected on a three-pointer 27 seconds into the game. Young Harris retook the lead at 4-3 on a three-pointer by Keta Robinette a minute later. That started a 13-0 run for the Mountain Lions as they took a 13-3 lead on two free throws by Tiffani Harrison with 12:51 remaining in the first half.

The Valkyries used an 11-2 run to pull within a point at 21-20 with 2:05 left on a three-pointer by Ashley Long. Neither team shot the ball well from the floor in the opening 20 minutes as Young Harris shot 35.0 percent (7-of-20) while Converse was held to 29.2 percent (7-of-24).

Young Harris, which shot 51.3 percent (20-of-39) from the floor in final 20 minutes, used a 14-2 run to start the second half to open a 15-point lead (37-22) when Robinette connected on another three-pointer with 15:01 left. Converse whittled the lead down to eight (40-32) when Jasmine Middlebrooks hit a three-pointer with 11:09 to play. The Mountain Lions thwarted any thoughts of a comeback by the Valkyries as they used a 13-3 run to take a 53-35 lead when Lauren Smith stole the ball and found Ladondra Johnson open for a layup with 7:45 left.

Johnson led the Mountain Lions, which led by as many as 25 points (69-44), with 14 points while Robinette had 12 and Peyton Robertson tallied 10. Smith and Kaycee Cash each finished with eight points while Smith added six steals and five assists. Middlebrooks led the Valkyries with 12 points and Garrett had 11.