Lady Buffs unable to overcome King run

By Wes Holtsclaw

   For 30 minutes, Milligan College brought everything it had against King. It was the last ten minutes that hurt them.
   In a big AAC batttle between two squads full of local players, the King Lady Tornado took a lead midway through the second half and never looked back, taking a 71-56 victory over the Lady Buffaloes at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
   King trailed Milligan by eight in the second half before going on a 17-1 run to sew up the win.
   "We were playing well and pushed the lead out to eight, and all of a sudden, we couldn't get anything going on offense," said Milligan coach Rich Aubrey. "We turned it over way too much in the first half and we cut it down a little, but started to do it again in the second."
   "We missed some easy shots and they made a big run that just killed us," he said. "We went from eight up to nine or ten down pretty quickly. If we had a magic answer, we would've certainly implode it. We just couldn't come up with any."
   Milligan shot 50 percent in the first half, but sunk to 26 percent in the second, going 0-for-8 behind the three-point arch.
   The Lady Buffaloes did have their bright spots, outrebounding King 43-28 and shooting an impressive 70 percent from the charity stripe.
   Milligan opened the game on an 11-0 run with buckets from Lacy York and Joy Clark before King's first bucket.
   The Lady Tornado followed on a 16-2 tilt of their own, behind the sharp-shooting of Megan Gammon, Melissa Ervin and Teddi Frazier, to take a 15-13 lead midway through the half.
   Milligan responded behind Kari Stout and Amanda Greene, and the game went back-and-forth with King taking a 29-28 lead into the locker room.
   The Lady Buffaloes jumped out to a decent start with an opening lead and holding it into the midway point.
   Stout and Clark carried Milligan offensively before King fought back from eight to take a lead around the 9:50.
   Rebecca Wilson and Ervin got King's lead up to 15 and there was no looking back.
   Gammon led the game with 20 points for King after a 9 of 20 game from the charity stripe.
   Four treys from Frazier were key to her 14 points, with Ervin adding 12.
   "I'm not a starter, but my job is to come in and score some points," said Frazier, who hit some big shots down the stretch. "I was looking forward to this game -- just being able to play against people I've played with."
   Brittany Holappa and Wilson added seven apiece for the Lady Tornado.
   Stout led Milligan with 15 points, while Clark added 12 and York nine.
   Former Cloudland standout Ashley Stocton saw significant action and added a late point for King from the free-throw line.
   Other Carter Countians on the King squad, former Unaka standout Bobbie Blevins and former Hampton standout Amber Farmer, didn't see any action in Saturday's game.