BRISTOL, Va. - The Mars Hill women's basketball team opened the season with a 74-58 loss to King on Friday night in the Student Center Complex. King improves to 1-0 while Mars Hill drops to 0-1.
Arnelle Collins led King with 16 points, followed by Chelsea Bowling with 12 and Bonnie Durrett with 11 points. Durrett had a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Tornado jumped out to a 9-3 lead to start the game before Mars Hill pulled to within three, 13-10, with 10:29 to go in the frame. Following a Chavis layup that cut the King lead to one, 17-16, the hosts went on a 14-0 lead for a 31-16 lead with just over five minutes to play in the opening half. King lead by as many as 17 before a pair of Camille Glymph free throws sent the Lions into halftime within nine, 39-30.
Mars Hill pulled to within four points, 41-37, following a pair of Wilmoth free throws with 16:11 remaining. King answered with a 12-1 run, enjoying a 53-38 lead with just under 13 minutes to play. The Lions pulled to within 13, 71-58, following a Chavis layup with 2:32 remaining but would get no closer.
King shot 41.9 percent compared to 32.3 percent for the Lions. The Tornado outrebounded Mars Hill 46-42 and scored 20 points off of Lion turnovers.
Mars Hill continues the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge tomorrow afternoon against Lees-McRae at 2 p.m.