GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Converse (6-10, 2-6 CC) basketball team fell to the Limestone (12-3, 7-1 CC) Saints by the final of 72-48 on Wednesday evening inside the Timken Center. A cold shooting night plagued the Valkyries, shooting a season-low 24.1% (14-58) from the floor.
Tatum Boggs led the Purple and Gold with 13 points, including three makes from downtown. Jordan Brooks and Brianna James chipped in eight and seven points, respectively. James also led the way on the boards with a team-high nine.
A three-pointer by Keidra Smith gave the Saints an early 5-0 lead at the 7:53 mark of the first quarter. However, Marshea Murray knocked down a shot from distance of her own to get the Valkyries on the board and trim the deficit to 5-3. That lead grew by a single to point to 10-6 heading into the first media timeout.
Limestone outscored the Vals 8-6 over the final 4:39 of the opening period to control an 18-12 lead through one. The initial period was filled with foul calls as a total of 15 were called during the 10 minutes of game action.
Brooks opened the second quarter with a personal 4-0 run, all from the charity stripe, and Brianna Hill connected on a beautiful out-of-bounds play layup to knot the contest at 18-all with just under eight minutes to play before halftime.
Limestone used a 12-5 burst to push ahead 30-23 with three and half minutes left in the second quarter. Turnovers plagued the Valkyries the remaining first half, giving the ball away four times while also being unable to score and trailed 33-23 after one half of play.
The Saints opened the second half with nine consecutive points to balloon the lead to 42-23, leading to an early stoppage from the Valkyries coaching staff. Following the brief hiatus, Boggs put an end to the run with an old-fashioned three-point play to cut the deficit to 42-26 with 7:14 left on the clock.
After LC built its biggest lead at 48-26, the Valkyries used five straight to pull to within 48-31 following an Abigail Lewis layup with 2:49 to go in the third. A total of 23-9 scoring in favor of the home team sent the game into the final period with a score of 56-32.
The fourth period was evenly matched as the two teams scored 16 points each, but for Converse it was too little, too late as Limestone wrapped up the conference win by the final of 72-48.
The Valkyries will return to the court on Monday, January 15 as they return to Tom and Hannah Gymnasium for a showdown with conference-leading Belmont Abbey. Tipoff for that contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.