WILSON, N.C. – The Converse (5-7, 1-3 CC) basketball team suffered a 103-53 conference loss at the hands of the Barton (5-5, 2-2 CC) Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon inside Wilson Gymnasium. The Bulldogs used a massive 61-26 second half score to send the Valkyries to their third consecutive loss.
Score: Converse 53, Converse 103
Records: Converse (5-7, 1-3 CC), Barton (5-5, 2-2 CC)
Location: Wilson Gymnasium
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Jordan Brooks and Brianna James led the way for Converse, chipping in 10 points each
- Tatum Boggs tallied eight points on 6-of-8 from the charity stripe
- Shakori Jennings-Shuler turned in her best game on the glass, collecting a team-high nine boards, including six of the offensive variety
- The Valkyries struggled from both inside the arc (14-of-67, 20.9%) and outside (2-for-19, 10.5%), while connecting on 23-of-38 free throws
- Barton held a commanding 60-44 advantage on the boards
- Both teams turned the ball over 27 times
- Kianna Wynn lead all players with 26 points and 17 rebounds
HOW IT HAPPENED
Barton took control of the game from the opening tip, scoring the contest's first 10 points before James connected on four in a row of her own to cut the deficit to 10-4 with 6:34 on the clock. That lead pushed back out to double-digits (14-4).
Marshea Murray knocked down 1-of-2 free throws and then earned a basket on an offensive putback, cutting the lead to 14-7, but the Bulldogs outscored CC 7-5 over the remaining four-plus minutes of the first quarter to take a 21-12 lead into the second period.
Taura Jones knocked down a triple to open the second for Barton, but Paige Johnson came back with a deep shot of her own to keep the Vals close. However, a 10-1 burst by BC in just over four minutes of game time ballooned the lead to 34-16.
With the score at 37-18 in favor of the home team, Converse used a mini 6-0 run following layups from Johnson, Murray, and Dominique Hill to pull within 13 (37-24). Barton added two points to that lead and went into the locker room leading 42-27.
Barton blew the game wide open with a 24-1 run to open the second half, expanding its lead to 66-28. Converse was outscored 31-12 during the third quarter and went into the fourth trailing by a wide margin of 73-39.
The fourth quarter was not any better for Converse as Barton scored 15 of the first 19 points and continued to pad its lead until the final horn sounded with the Bulldogs recording the lopsided 103-53 win.
After a competitive first half Barton outscored Converse by 35 (61-26) in the second to pick up the conference win.
With her 10 points today, Brianna James is now only 10 points shy of becoming only the fourth player in Valkyries history to record 1,000 points for her career.
Converse will return to the court on Saturday, December 30 as it travels to Boiling Springs, N.C. for an exhibition against Gardner-Webb. Following that contest the Valkyries will return to conference action as they hit the road to Due West, S.C. on Tuesday, January 2 to face Erskine. Tipoff for those contests are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m., respectively.