Comeback Falls Short Against SWU On Road

Comeback Falls Short Against SWU On Road

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.


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.


1st Quarter

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.

Brianna James knocked down a pair of free throws and Hannah Anderson hit a layup to end the scoring for the quarter as both teams were tied 14-all after ten minutes of action.

2nd 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.

Paige Johnson and Dominique Hill connected from distance to bring the Valkyries to within three, 29-26, with 1:22 to play in the first half.

SWU pushed their lead back out to six, 32-26, with under a minute to play in the half.  Brianna James hit a triple as time expired off the pass from Kassidy Moorhouse.

Converse went into the locker room trailing 32-29.

3rd Quarter

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.

4th Quarter

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.

After a pair of freebies by Brianna James and a layup by Paige Johnson, Keocia Walker hit a layup with five ticks left on the clock to bring it to a one possession contest, 72-70.

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.