HARTSVILLE — A double-double in back-to-back games for junior Haylee Lepaio led Newberry inside of Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium, but the Wolves fell short to the Coker Cobras in an 83-72 loss in Hartsville.
The Wolves (9-6, 5-6 SAC) opened the scoring against the Cobras (9-6, 7-4 SAC) as redshirt sophomore Emily Perry laid in the first points of the evening. After Coker answered, the Wolves saw four-straight points from senior Tasia Holdorf, push the advantage to 6-2.
Newberry’s lead quickly shrank as Heidrun Kristmundsdottir hit a 3-pointer to pull the Cobras within one. The two sides traded points until the clock hit 14:16 when the Cobras took a one-point lead and continued to carry the lead until the 8:50 mark.
It was just under the nine-minute mark that a layup from Lepaio put the Wolves up by a point. A 3-pointer from junior Zara Pearson helped push the lead to two, before the score evened up at 23-23.
The score line seesawed between a tie game and a Wolves’ advantage until the halftime buzzer sounded on a 35-35 game at the break. Newberry led by as many as five points before heading to the locker room even with the Cobras.
The second half started with four-straight points from Holdorf, until with 17:10 left on the clock the score hit even for the sixth time on the evening. It was Holdorf’s pair of free throws that knotted the game at 42-42 before her second attempt gave Newberry a one-point advantage.
Coker regained the lead with 15:29 left in the half and never looked back, pushing the lead to as many as 14 points before Newberry cut the lead down to six with 46 seconds remaining in regulation.
It was Pearson’s 3-pointer that pulled the Wolves within six, but the Cobras took advantage from the free throw line and saw the Wolves off with an 11-point victory.
Lepaio finished the night with 22 points and 18 rebounds, while Holdorf notched 15 points. Pearson netted 18 points off the bench.
Perry walked away with nine points and eight rebounds, while Holdorf and senior Ellie Gleeson each added eight boards.
Newberry heads to Tennessee on Saturday as the Wolves are set to meet the Carson-Newman Eagles for the first time this season. The Wolves and Eagles are set to tip-off at 2 p.m. in Jefferson City, Tenn.