MARS HILL, N.C. — Junior Haylee Lepaio posted another double-double, while senior Tasia Holdorf led the Wolves with 25 points in Newberry’s 65-56 loss at Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry (15-9, 11-9 SAC) scored the opening points of the game when Lepaio hit a jumper, but the Lions (7-17, 6-14 SAC) responded with an Ansley Ricker 3-pointer to take a lead that Mars Hill would never surrender.
After seeing Mars Hill’s lead reach nine points, Holdorf hit a jumper, followed by two free throws from Lepaio and a layup from senior Ellie Gleeson to pull the Wolves back within three.
Mars Hill regained momentum from the Wolves and saw its lead reach 16 points before the opening half ended.
The Lions maintained a double-digit lead until Holdorf scored on a layup with 11:59 remaining in the second period to pull the Wolves within nine. The Lions pulled ahead by double-digit once again, and remained in charge of the game until the final two minutes of the game.
In the final two minutes of the game the Wolves pulled within six, but saw the Lions push the lead back to nine before time expired.
Holdorf’s 25 points led Newberry, while Lepaio scored 18 points to go along with her 12 rebounds.
Lepaio’s 18 points moved her up two spots in the career scoring list at Newberry to No. 5, surpassing Marina Akers and Fay Nelson in the record book. Lepaio’s 1,352 career points are now 25 points shy of Latonia Allen at No. 4 and 28 points shy of Helen McKinney at No. 3.
Gleeson led Newberry with five assists on the afternoon.
Newberry heads to Wingate on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game against the Bulldogs, in what is Newberry’s final road trip of the regular season.