GREENWOOD, S.C. – The Jaguars let a halftime lead expire at Lander on Wednesday night to drop a Peach Belt Conference game 71-57 after the Bearcats went on a 15-0 run in the second for the comeback win in Horne Arena.
The Jaguars (9-14, 5-11 PBC) dropped their seventh straight after going on a 5-0 run to start the game from senior Brooke McCants’ layup and Lonna Turner’s 3-pointer. Lander (11-14, 6-10 PBC) left Becky Newhouse open who nailed a 3-pointer for a 12-3 GRU lead with 16:13 left in the first half.
The Lady Bearcats went on a 12-3 run of their own over the next six-plus minutes to tie the game at 15, but steady offense gave the Jags a 31-25 halftime advantage. GRU scored the opening basket of the second half for a 33-25 lead, but the Lady Bearcats scored 13 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game. Kayla West scored twice, Portia McCray hit a layup, Ty’hesha Reynolds made a layup and Alexis Armstrong added a steal and driving layup. Reynolds nailed a 3-pointer to give Lander a 38-33 lead with 15:34 left.
The Bearcats outscored the Jags 28-10 after the first 12 minutes of the second half to lead 53-41 and eventually take a 71-57 final.
J’ Ashby led GRU with 15 points, Brooke McCants added 10 points, and Lonna Turner led the Jaguars with 12 rebounds. Ashby added eight rebounds for the Jags. GRU outrebounded Lander 47-to-39, but only shot 32.8 percent from the field to the Bearcats’ 40.4 percent.
Kayla West led the Lady Bearcats with 23 points, Alexis Armstrong added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, Portia McCray also scored 15 points, and Ty'hesha Reynolds scored all 10 of her points in the second half. The Jags host USC Aiken on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for the PBC rivalry in Christenberry Fieldhouse at 5:30 p.m.