BREVARD, N.C.- Converse scored a season low 19 points in the second half to drop its fifth straight. The Valkyries fall to 1-5 on the season while Brevard improves to 2-6 with a 77-47 win in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon.
Converse was led offensively by Kelcee Dozier (Blythewood, S.C.) with 13 points, picking up seven of her points at the charity stripe. Dozier grabbed nine caroms in the loss. Christhea Mitchell (Jacksonboro, S.C.) scored 10 points off 4-6 shooting from the floor. Logan Hollis (Spartanburg, S.C.) chipped in eight points.
Converse shot 26.8% (15-56) from the floor and a whopping 5.9% (1-17) from behind the arc. Brevard shot 51.2% (22-43) from the floor including 60% (12-20) in the second half. The Tornado damage came from behind the arc hitting 80% (8-10).
The Valkyries and Tornados started the game exchanging blows. Brevard went on an 11-0 run to take a 20-9 lead heading into the under eight media timeout. Converse would chip away at the deficit throughout the rest of the first half going on a 19-7 run to end the half.
Dozier sparked the rally with a steal and lay up at the other end. Mitchell would sink two free throws before Dozier scored the next six points to cut into the deficit 25-20. Jenna White (Spartanburg, S.C.) chipped in two points from the line followed by a lay up by Erin Horne (Orlando, Fla.).
With 22 seconds remaining in the half, Mitchell hit a fastbreak jumper to pull the Valkyries within one, 27-26. Dozier grabbed the rebound off a Brevard missed free throw and sent an outlet pass up to Mitchell. Mitchell laid the ball off the glass for the basket as time expired and gave the Valkyries a 28-27 lead heading into the locker room.
The lead for the Valkyries lasted 14 seconds as the Tornados hit one of its eight triples to regain the lead. Converse would tie things up again at 32-all, but that was the closest the Valkyries were in the second half.
Brevard would outscore Converse 45-15 down the stretch. After Dozier's three point play at the 8:28 mark in the second half, Converse went ice cold missing its last 15 field goals. Kassidy Moorhouse (Anderson, S.C.) picked up the lone Valkyrie tally hitting 1-2 from the line.
Converse finishes the 2014 year with a record of 1-5. The Valkyries will open the 2015 year on the road in Conference Carolinas action at North Greenville (Jan. 2) and at Southern Wesleyan (Jan. 3).