CENTRAL, S.C. – Sophomore guard Tatum Boggs posted a career-high 24 points to help the Converse (6-9, 2-5 CC) basketball team snap a five-game losing skid as well as earn its first road win of the season after defeating Southern Wesleyan (3-9, 2-4 CC) on Saturday afternoon inside Tysinger Gymnasium. The Warriors were coming in the contest hot following back-to-back wins over the reigning conference tournament champion (King) and regular season champ (Limestone), but had no answer for the Valkyries offense and relentless defense.
Along with Boggs, Brianna James continued her impressive performances in conference play, tallying 23 points on 9-of-18 from the floor to go along with a career and game-high 15 rebounds. Abigail Lewis was the third member of the Vals to reach double-figures, finishing with 11. Dominique Hill filled the stat sheet as she contributed six points, seven assists, and four steals.
Converse shot an impressive 47.6% from the field after connecting on 30-of-63 shots from the floor, including 9-for-20 from downtown. The Valkyries held Southern Wesleyan to a dismal 32.3% (20-62) and 13.6% (3-22) from long range. Converse also outrebounded the Warriors by a small margin of 46-44.
A layup by Breanna Richardson a minute into the contest gave Southern Wesleyan a 2-0 lead, but that would be the only time the Warriors found themselves ahead on the scoreboard the rest of the contest. Lewis got the Vals on the board with back-to-back buckets and Paige Johnson drilled a three to give the Purple and Gold a 7-4 lead early. That advantage quickly grew to double-digits (14-4) after Marshea Murray split a pair of free throws with 4:10 remaining on the first quarter clock.
Southern Wesleyan was able to trim the deficit to 18-13 following a pair of shots from the charity stripe by Tatiyana Mahone. However, a Boggs jumper and Hill bomb capped off five straight by Converse to end the quarter and the Vals headed to the second with a 23-14 advantage.
Brianna Hill opened the second frame with a long range shot and James added a two-pointer to double-up the Warriors (28-14) just two minutes into the quarter. Kasey Howard tried to keep SWU in the contest as she knocked down a shot from behind the arc, cutting the deficit to 34-27, but Boggs came back with -one her three threes to push the lead back to double-figures with two and half minutes left before halftime. Converse went into the locker room leading 42-33.
The Warriors came out with more energy in the second half and eventually got to within a single possession (55-52) with just over a minute remaining in the third period. Boggs knocked down a pair of freebies with six ticks on the clock to send CC to the final stanza leading 57-52.
The previous two contests were disappointing to say the least as the Valkyries ended up dropping those two after blowing fourth quarter leads. That was not case this time as Converse outscored Southern Wesleyan 29-22 over the final 10 minutes, while building its biggest lead of 19 (86-67) with two minutes left in the contest.
Converse will now prepare to head to Gaffney, S.C. on Wednesday, January 10 to take on Limestone. Tipoff for that contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.