Junior guard Meredith Hartfiel (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) fired in six, three-pointers, leading a strong Mount outside shooting attack on Tuesday afternoon, as the Lions posted a 77-63 win over CCNY in the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic at Wittenberg University. The Mount improves to 4-6 on the season, eclipsing their win totals of the past two seasons.
The Lions return to action on Jan. 3 when they resume HCAC play with a game against Manchester University (3-6, 1-2). The Mount is 0-3 in the conference this season.
Mount guard Taylor Brown (Peebles, OH/Peebles) got the long-range shooting started for the Lions in the game, when she scored the game's first points on a three-pointer just 30 seconds in, giving her team a 3-0 lead. CCNY, however, would bounce back, and hold the lead throughout most of early part of the first half, until the Lions tied the game at 9-all with 13:35 on the clock. With tie scores down the stretch to the clock at the intermission, the Mount finally took control of the scoreboard when Hartfiel hit a three-pointer at 4:07, giving the Mount a 26-22 lead. The Lions out-scored their opponents 6-4 from that point on to hold a 32-26 lead at the break.
The Mount made five-of-eight from long range in the first 20 minutes of play, while CCNY was successful on three-of-six from three-point range. CCNY was aided by holding a 29-15 rebounding advantage, but was hampered by committing 17 first half turnovers.
The Lions pushed their lead out to double-digits early in the second half against the Beavers, when Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) hit a free throw, with 18:21 on the clock, giving her team a 38-28 advantage. Two more free throws, this time by Erica Walsh (Louisville, KY/Sacred Heart Academy) gave the Mount a 49-30 lead, with 13:29 left in the game, while Dennis added a lay-up with 9:19 left to give the Lions a 62-42 lead. CCNY would cut the deficit to 10 points, 71-61, with just under four minutes remaining, but would get no closer.
The Lions out-shot the Beavers, 46 to 37 percent over the final 20 minutes of action, and were four-of-six from long range. They also converted 17-of-25 second half free throws. Hartfiel was six-of-eight from three-point range, while Brown hit two-of-three from behind the arc. Dennis finished with 15 points and five rebounds. She was named to the All-Tournament team. Brilyn Webb (Oxford, OH/Talawanda) added 12 points, six rebounds and five steals while Walsh had her first double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.