CLINTON, S.C. – Aianna Kelly scored a career-high 22 points and helped the Blue Hose edge High Point 82-70 Tuesday night at the Templeton Center.
The Blue Hose women’s basketball team went to 5-5, 2-1 in the Big South Conference, while the Panthers fell to 3-9, 2-1 on the season. PC continues conference play against Charleston Southern 2 p.m. Saturday in Charleston, S.C.
Taylor Petty knocked down a 3-pointer at the 4:29 marker of the first period to give the Blue Hose their largest lead of the quarter at 14-12. High Point responded with a 9-2 run and took a 21-16 lead with 2:45 left in the period. PC went on a 3-0 run before High Point’s Kat Harris ended the quarter with a 3-pointer and a 24-19 lead.
The Blue Hose opened the second period on a 15-2 run and took a 34-26 lead with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Salina Virola converted a layup and gave PC a 10-point at 38-28, its largest of the first half. The Panthers responded with an 8-0 run and pulled within two. Janie Miles ended the first half with a made 3-pointer and the Blue Hose took a 41-36 lead into the locker room.
High Point hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 5:30 remaining in the third period and pulled within one at 45-44. High Point took its first lead of the second half on made free-throws by Lindsey Edwards with under two minutes in the third period. The Blue Hose ended the period on back-to-back layups from Kelly and took a 53-50 lead into the final quarter.
The Blue Hose went on an 8-2 run with under four minutes left in the game and took a 70-60 lead. Cortney Storey converted back-to-back layups before Rebecca Walker knocked down two free-throws and gave the Blue Hose a 78-66 lead with 29 seconds left, their largest of the final period.
The Blue Hose led for 26 minutes and 7 seconds in the game and shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the floor. PC owned a 44-30 in the paint and a 32-21 bench points advantage. The Blue Hose forced 17 turnovers and scored 17 points off those turnovers.
Petty scored 16 points and had three steals, while Storey netted 15 points and dished six assists. Allie Wagner led the team with eight rebounds.