Lynchburg Women Defeat Cross-town Rival Randolph

Lynchburg College Sports Information

Lynchburg - The Lynchburg College women's basketball team used a balanced scoring effort Tuesday evening to post a 70-61 victory at Randolph College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game.

Junior forward Lauren Penley paced LC with 15 points, and also tied for the team high with eight rebounds. She hit 4-of-6 shots from the floor and was 7-8 from the free throw line. Chaney Forbush tallied 14 points and also collected eight rebounds, and Shannon Allan posted 14 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Sammi Goldsmith contributed 13 points and three assists and Katie Reeves had a solid night with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

The Hornets trailed 28-27 at the break but scored the first nine points of the second half to go ahead 36-28. LC opened the lead to as many as 10 points, but Randolph cut the advantage to 60-56 with 2:42 on the game clock. A Penley lay-up and a pair of Forbush free throws gave LC another eight-point cushion, and a Reeves three-pointer with just over a minute remaining sealed the win.

Allie Druffel led Randolph (10-13/4-10 ODAC) with 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out late. Abigail Bullins had 13 points and Emilee Dunton posted 12 points, five caroms and three assists.

The Hornets out-rebounded the WildCats 49-36 on the evening.

Lynchburg, assured a top-three seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming ODAC Tournament, improves to 15-9 overall and 12-3 in conference play. The Hornets travel to top-seeded Eastern Mennonite University Saturday at 2 p.m. in the final regular-season contest for both teams.

Randolph College Sports Information

The first 10 minutes of Tuesday night's game could not have been scripted better for Randolph, but Lynchburg found its shooting stroke, downing the WildCats, 70-61.

Randolph (10-13, 4-10 ODAC) never trailed in the first half of tonight's contest, jumping out to an early lead and being equalized only twice in the frame.

After Lynchburg (15-9, 12-3 ODAC) tied the game at 6-6, the WildCats used a 12-2 run to gain a double-digit lead.

The Hornets only hit on a single field goal in the first 7:39 of the contest. Lynchburg was 1-for-10 from the floor in that span.

"Our defense played great. I think we fought for every single possession," head coach Allison Nichols said. "For the most part, we did a great job on the boards, as well."

The guests responded, however, using a 13-2 run to get within one, holding the WildCats to a single basket by junior Allie Druffel (Centreville. Va./Westfield) over 6:05.

Randolph held off a few challenges to end the period, taking that one point advantage into the break.

That lead lasted just 11 seconds into the second half, however, as a three put Lynchburg up for the first time and keyed a 9-0 spurt early.

The hosts cut the lead to five and four multiple times, but could never pull within a single possession, as the league's No. 2 team always found an answer.

Randolph's last flurry was met with a 6-0 reply by Lynchburg, icing the game.

Both teams found balanced scoring, as Lynchburg had five double-digit scorers, while Randolph had four. No player had more than 15 points.

Druffel led Randolph with 14 points and was the game's top rebounder with nine boards.

The junior was trailed in scoring by sophomore Abigail Bullins (Asheboro, N.C./Asheboro), senior Emilee Dunton (Forest, Va./Brookville) and junior Jensen Hoover (Woodstock, Va./Central). The players had 13, 12 and 10, respectively.

The contest was the team's Play 4Kay Game, supporting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The team and staff wore pink for the event, with donations accepted for the duration of the game.

Randolph continues its run of five games in 10 days with a trip to Washington & Lee Thursday night.

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