HARROGATE, TN -- The Lady Railsplitters provided a dramatic second half of basketball on Saturday evening, but they fell short in their comeback effort to the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne, 72-67. The loss drops Lincoln Memorial to 9-7 on the season and 4-4 in the South Atlantic Conference.
Lenoir-Rhyne came storming out of the gates as they pushed the pace of play in the opening minutes. A jumper by Alexis Katt with 17:16 on the clock gave the Bears a 8-5 lead. The Lady Railsplitters would quickly adjust to the pace as they grabbed an 11-10 lead two minutes later on a Lauren Cochran layup.
The game would seesaw throughout much of the first half with the lead changing multiple times in the ensuing minutes. At the nine-minute mark, Jenni Gust gave the Bears a 23-17 lead with a three-pointer. In the next four minutes, the Lady Railsplitters rallied off an 11-4 run to grab a one point lead. The lead would change on two different occasions in the half before Lenoir-Rhyne pulled out to a 41-35 advantage on a jumper by Cameron Sealey, which took the teams to the break.
The Bears opened the second half with an 8-2 run powered by Caroline Laughter's five points which provided a 12 point advantage. With 11:04 on the clock, the Lady Railsplitters completed a 16-2 run to take a 53-51 lead. Another Sealey three-point bucket put the Bears back on top with just under ten minutes remaining in the game.
With the game tied at 55 apiece, Jazmine Charles gave Lenoir-Rhyne the lead for good with a three-pointer with 6:29 on the clock. The Lady Railsplitters got within one in two different instances as the game played out the remaining minutes, the last instance coming at the three-minute mark. They would be unable to push over that wall as late free throws capped a 72-67 win for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lauren Cochran was a dominant force in the game as she scored a game-high 21 points while grabbing 6 rebounds and blocking 4 shots. MaRanda Boddie continued to display her nose for the ball as she hauled in 13 rebounds and poured in 17 points. Dayshalee Salaman came on strong in the second half and finished with 16 points. Ralissa Nelson dished out 8 assists on the evening and also notched 8 points as she fell just shy of a double-double.
Jazmine Charles led the Bears with 17 points off the bench.
The Lady Railsplitters will look to rebound on January 25th as they host in-state rivals Carson-Newman College. The opening tip is set for 6 p.m. in Tex Turner Arena.