D&E falls to former WVC foe

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins came up short against former West Virginia Conference foe Concord, 82-70, Thursday night at the McDonnell Center.

The Mountain Lions, now a member of the Mountain East Conference, virtually led from the start against the Senators of the G-MAC.

The first few minutes of the game went well for D&E as two made free throws by Alicia Lentz and a three-pointer by Stephanie Wooten staked the hosts to a 5-2 advantage.

The lead would not last for long, though.

Concord point guard Sissy Wagner hit a three-point jumper with 16:47 on the clock to give the Mountain Lions a 7-5 lead, which it would not relinquish the rest of the night.

Better passing, both inside and from Wagner, who continually found the open player, and strong defensive rebounding allowed the Mountain Lions to slowly start pulling away.

Although D&E’s Endi Frazier hit a trey at the 14:16 mark to bring the Senators to within 13-10, the Mountain Lions had their first 10-point lead at 22-12 just minutes later on a Jacqueline Kestner lay-up.

A nice pass from MaQuasia Ferebee from the left wing to Lentz for a layup seemed to energize the hosts, and they cut the lead to five after a turnaround jumper by Shermaine Baker.

The Senators started to hit the boards, which gave them more chances, and they eventually pulled within two at 37-35 after a block by Lentz and an old-fashioned three-point play from Ashley Macallanez.

However, the Mountain Lions (1-1) scored the final eight points of the half, highlighted by Rachel Artrip’s steal at three-quarters court that she took all the way to the basket. That gave Concord a 45-35 halftime advantage.

In the second half, D&E would come within seven twice, once at 18:30 on a three by Wooten to make it 49-42, and the second time on a Wooten three and a free throw by Jorden Lykes to slice the margin to 62-55 with 10:36 to go.

The Mountain Lions, however, stretched the lead to 14 several times. They owned the paint on both ends of the floor; shutting down the Senators’ inside game and making them rely on the three-point shot too much.

All five of Concord’s starters had double-digit scoring nights. Andrea Bertrand poured in 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds, Kestner followed with 17 points, Wagner had 16 points and eight assists, Sammy Webster had 12 points and Artrip finished with 10 markers.

Wooten had top honors for D&E, going 7-of-13 from the field, including a 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc for 18 points.

Baker followed with 14 points and Lentz contributed 10 points. Lykes hit the glass for 11 rebounds.

The visitors led the Senators, 50-26, on points in the paint and had a slight overall lead in rebounding, 51-48. But 19 of those were offensive and paved the way for 24 second-chance points.

D&E (1-3) will travel to Winter Park, Fla., next week to play in the Rollins Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 29-30. The first contest is against New Haven at 3 p.m. on Nov. 29.