CENTRAL, S.C. - The Converse Basketball team trailed by double-figures heading into the final quarter but was unable to complete the comeback as Southern Wesleyan handed the Valkyries a 74-70 loss on the road in league action Tuesday evening.
FINAL | Converse 70, Southern Wesleyan 74
RECORDS | Converse 4-17 (3-14), Southern Wesleyan 5-16 (3-14)
LOCATION | Central, S.C.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Brianna James led the Valkyries with 24 points. Paige Johnson tied her career-high with 17 points. Keocia Walker chipped in with 10 points. Walker grabbed seven boards, while Johnson hauled in six to lead the team.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After Keocia Walker hit a layup to start the contest, SWU jumped out in front with a 6-0 lead. Paige Johnson would score six of the Valkyries' eight points to tie things at 10-all with 4:42 left in the quarter.
Southern Wesleyan opened up the second quarter on a 10-2 run with Abigail Lewis netting the only basket for Converse during the run.
Tatum Boggs knocked down a jumper to end the run midway through the quarter.
Converse went into the locker room trailing 32-29.
After trading baskets in the opening minutes of the second half, Southern Wesleyan used a 9-2 run to extend their lead into double-figures.
Paige Johnson ended the run with a layup with 4:20 to go in the third quarter to cut it to 48-38. Johnson and Kassidy Moorhouse connected on jumpers to end the quarter for the Valkyries trailing 58-46.
The Valkyries opened up the final stanza on a 9-0 run over the first 1:36 second of the quarter. Keocia Walker netted two from the charity stripe to spark the run. Brianna James knocked down a trey followed by baskets by Walker and Kassidy Moorhouse to cut the deficit to 58-55.
With 5:01 to play in regulation, Paige Johnson trimmed the SWU lead to 63-61 with a pair from the stripe. SWU would knock down a triple to push their lead back to five, but Brianna James answered with a triple on the other end.
The Warriors extended their lead back out to six, 70-64 with 2:25 to play.
Southern Wesleyan held off the comeback with a pair of free throws to seal the win.
The Valkyries travel to Pfeiffer on Saturday, February 11. Tip-off is at 5:30pm.