2017-11-13 / Sports

Limestone basketball teams perfect in conference challenge

STAFF REPORTS

GAFFNEY — The Limestone College men's basketball team completed the South Atlantic Conference/Conference Carolinas Challenge Saturday with a 2-0 record as the Saints defeated non-conference opponent Mars Hill University, 106- 92, at the Timken Center.

The Saints last scored 100 points or more on March 11, 2017 against University of North Carolina Pembroke.

Junior guard Kenny Hairston led the Saints with a new career-high 24 points. Redshirt-freshman guard Jaquan Simms recorded 17 points. Redshirt-junior guard T.J. Sheppard tallied 16 points.

For the second consecutive game, the Saints put the first two points on the scoreboard.

Limestone continued to make space and after a series of eight consecutive points, widened the gap to 19-10. Mars Hill started to chip away at the Limestone lead with a 10-1 run to get within one point, 21-10, at the 11:03 minute mark.

Limestone used the next several minutes to build its first double-digit lead of the game, 40-30, with 6:24 left in the half. The Saints continued to remain in control as Limestone only gave up the double digit advantage once at 44-35 before cruising to a 59-41 lead at the break.

Coming out of halftime, the Saints continued an eight-point scoring run to expand the difference, 64-41. The Lions kept chipping away at the deficit and got within 12 points on two occasions, the last time coming at 79-67 with 10:50 left in regulation.

Limestone quickly snuffed out any rallies from the Lions with 10 consecutive points on its next possession, 89-67. In the final minutes of the period, the Saints put the game on cruise control to improve their record to 2-0 this season. Limestone women’s basketball surges in fourth quarter to knock off Coker

BELMONT, N.C. – Despite a cold-shooting night, the Limestone College women’s basketball team used a 16-0 fourth-quarter run Saturday to rally for a 62-52 win over Coker College in the final game of the Conference Carolinas/SAC Showdown at the Wheeler Center.

Limestone overcame three different double-digit deficits to get the win. The Saints struggled from the field for most of three and a half quarters, but finally found a groove on the offensive side with a game-winning 16-0 run late in the fourth.

Senior Keidra Smith tallied a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Aaliyah Davis also added a double double with 12 points and 10 boards.

Senior Jasmine Richardson chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.

Five early turnovers and a cold start from the field by the Blue and Gold allowed Coker to jump out to a 10-0 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Saints would finally get something to fall at the 3:53- mark of the first on a short-range jumper by Richardson, cutting the margin to 10-2.

That bucket would start a 9-2 stretch for Limestone as Richardson added four points during the run while Taylour Hunter chipped in five, including a long distance connection. However, the Cobras would hit two free throws to close the scoring in the period to take a 14-9 advantage at the end of the first.

Points did not come easy for Limestone in the third quarter as the Blue and Gold missed its first 11 shots from the floor and turned the ball over six times to start the period. The Cobras took full advantage of the shooting woes as a 13-0 run put them back in front, 36-25.

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