Montgomery Reaches 1,000-Point Plateau In Loss To Liberty
Asheville (12-16, 5-10 BSC) got a team-high 21 points out of senior guard Kendall Shepard, who reached the 1,000-point mark against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 21 at the Justice Center. Fellow guard Breaira Barksdale added 11 points to the Bulldogs’ total with Gentry Manley and Abra Sickles each posting six rebounds for the Blue & White.
Montgomery scored 10 points against Liberty and now stands at 1,001 for her career. She is now the 14th player in school history to reach 1,000 in a career. She is also the fifth Bulldog overall to reach a thousand this season as John Williams, Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm reached that mark on the men's side.
Devon Brown led the way for Liberty (19-9, 13-2 BSC) with a game-high 27 points with fellow Lady Flame Avery Warley recording a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Lady Flames took it to the Bulldogs inside as Liberty out-rebounded Asheville 47-26 while also outscoring them 38-12 in the paint.
The Bulldogs took an early lead in the game running out to a 15-8 lead over the first six minutes of the contest. The Lady Flames would then go on a 19-2 run over the next eight minutes to take a 27-17 lead with 5:32 remaining in the first half.
Liberty would take a 33-25 into halftime as the Bulldogs cut the lead to eight with a Shepard 3-pointer to end the half.
In the second half the Lady Flames kept the Bulldogs at arm’s length until Asheville pulled to within five at 55-50 on a Grace Blaylock trey with 5:49 remaining. However, Liberty would outscore the Bulldogs 17-8 over the final five minutes to earn the win.
With the win the Lady Flames sweep the season series with the Blue & White while also clinching the No. 1 seed in the Big South Conference Tournament beginning next week.
Asheville is still jockeying for the No. 6 seed in the tournament and will close out the season with tournament-host High Point on Sunday afternoon on the campus of the Panthers. Game time is set for 4 p.m. as the Bulldogs will look to avenge a 94-75 on Jan. 8 at Justice.