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Lander rides suffocating defense to 72-50 win at Young Harris

Lander rides suffocating defense to 72-50 win at Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Lander women's basketball team got a double-double from Breshay Johnson to go with a stingy defensive effort as the Bearcats knocked off Young Harris 72-50 Thursday afternoon. 

The Bearcats (7-2, 2-1 PBC) limited the Mountain Lions to just 32.1 percent shooting from the field, including a 3-for-15 effort from three-point range. Young Harris (4-5, 1-1 PBC) entered the game with the most made three-pointers in the Peach Belt Conference. 

Lander sprinted out of the gate to take a 14-2 lead seven minutes into the game and held a 22-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The Bearcats shot 61.3 percent from the field in the first half en route to building a 42-21 halftime lead. Lander's defense stifled the Mountain Lions as Young Harris made just seven shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes and was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. 

The Bearcat lead grew to 32 points late in the third quarter as Lander held Young Harris scoreless for a stretch of nearly four minutes. Lander shot 50.0 percent on the day, marking the best shooting day in a road conference game for the Bearcats since a 72-68 win over Columbus State in the 2016 PBC Tournament championship. 

Johnson's 21 points and 13 rebounds led all players, while Destinee Langford recorded 15 points, a team-high seven assists and six rebounds. Chelsea Mitchell added 10 points and swiped a career-high six steals. Christal Williams scored eight points and dished six assists. The Bearcats out-rebounded the Mountain Lions 38-36 and turned 21 Young Harris turnovers in 18 points. Lander registered a season-high 24 assists on 29 field goals, the highest assist total for the Bearcats in 29 games. 

Lander is back in action on Tues., Dec. 19, against Clayton State. Tipoff at Finis Horne Arena is set for 5:30 p.m.