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BANNER ELK — A double-double from Shanika Peterkin and Jami Tham-Morrobel each powered the Barton College women’s basketball team to a 95-76 win over host Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas play.
The Barton offense had no trouble flourishing in the victory, putting up its highest point total of the season, even while giving up 22 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs (9-4, 6-2 CC) shot 57.6% from the field and 40% from the 3-point line to blitz the downtrodden Lady Bobcats (4-11, 1-6 CC), who have now lost nine of their last 10 games.
Leading the way in the strong offensive showing was Peterkin with 25 points, pitching in 11 rebounds. Tham-Morrobel brought down a team-high 12 boards and adding 14 points.
Overall, eight players scored including four with double-digit point totals. Summer Baer also stood out among that scoring attack, dropping 18 points — 12 which came from behind the arc.
Barton trailed Lees-McRae at the end of the first quarter, but went on a 12-5 run at the start of the second quarter to take control of a fragile two-point lead with just under six minutes until halftime. From there, the Lady Bulldogs went on another 10-2 run to capture a double-digit lead at halftime.
Sparked by that big run in that second quarter, the Lady Bulldogs continued to push ahead in the second half, leading by as many as 24 points by the end of the third quarter.
Throughout the game, Barton found a distinct advantage by exploiting its size in the paint, scoring 42 points from close range. That size helped Barton win the rebound battle and handle an 18-point effort from guard Destiny Johnston, who led the Lady Bobcats in scoring.
Since December began, Barton has won five of its last seven games, dropping contests to only conference opponents Emmanuel (Georgia) and Belmont Abbey. Early on into conference play, Barton sits in third behind those two programs in the standings, along with Mount Olive.
The Lady Bulldogs will be back in conference action at home on Saturday, playing North Greenville at 2 p.m.
Tham-Morrobel 14, Peterkin 25, Wiggins 9, Gainey 12, Baer 18, Jones 5, McGrory 7, Wright 5.
Campbell 4, Johnston 18, Shuff 5, Mason 9, Bethea 10, Holloman 8, Smith 14, Meyers 5, Onderko 1, Henderson 2
Score by quarters:
Barton 24 25 28 18 — 95
Lees-McRae 28 9 19 20 — 76