Location: Sommer Center (Bluffton, OH)
Mount St. Joseph faced a strong HCAC competitor in the Bluffton Beavers. The Lions came out strong, outscoring Bluffton 22-13 in the first quarter. The Beavers would fight back to tie the game at 35-35 going into halftime. In the second half, the score remained close.. Bluffton took a one point lead going into the final quarter of play. The Lions led for a portion of the fourth, but the Beavers were able to make a last-second three pointer to send the game into overtime. Bluffton maintained control in the overtime period and defeated the Lions with a final score of 85-78.
How it Happened:
The Lions started the game off strong. They were led by Lainee Studer (Pleasant Plain, OH/ Little Miami) who scored 8 points in the first quarter. Many other players were able to contribute to help put the Lions in the lead 22-13 at the end of the first. In the second quarter, the Beavers fought to get back in the game. They outscored the Lions in the second to tie the game going into halftime at 35-35. Coming into the second half both teams looked to stay competitive. Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon) played hard in the third to keep her Lions in the game with 6 points in the quarter. The team would be down by one point going into the final quarter with Bluffton in front 54-53. In the fourth, Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, OH/ Mother of Mercy) was the hot hand. She led the team in scoring in the fourth with 11 points to keep the score close. The Mount led the game 74-69 with under a minute left in regulation. Bluffton was able to score a layup to make the score 74-71 with only 46 seconds left on the clock. The Lions turned the ball with only 16 seconds left to play, giving the Beavers one last chance. Bluffton was able to drain a three pointer to tie the game at 74-74 as the clock ticked down to 4 seconds remaining. The Lions were not able to answer with a jump shot by Studer, and the game was forced into overtime. Mount St. Joseph was outscored in overtime 11-4 as the Beavers came out on top to steal the victory. The final score was 85-78.
Studer and Haberthy led the way for the Lions. Studer led the team in scoring with a total of 23 points. She also recorded 5 assists and 7 rebounds. Haberthy also had an impressive performance. She finished with 20 points, 3 steals, and 5 rebounds. Multiple Lions contributed with four players finishing the game in double figures.
The Lions (7-5, 3-2) will host their next HCAC matchup this Saturday, 1/6. They will take on Franklin College (3-8, 2-3) in the Harrington Center at 1:00 PM.