Location: Harrington Center (Cincinnati, OH)
Mount St. Joseph was able to start the game off strong. They outscored the Grizzlies 14-8 in the first quarter to take an early lead. The Lions continued to play well in the second quarter and led going into halftime 35-23. In the second half the Lions continued to play great defense to limit Franklin's attempts at the basket. Franklin was able to decrease the deficit, but the Lions would finish the game with the win. The Mount defeated the Grizzlies with a final score of 58-51.
How it Happened:
The game started off close as both teams traded the lead back and forth. The Lions were able to jump in front after a three pointer by Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, OH/ Mother of Mercy) gave them a four point lead. Haberthy was able to score a total of 8 points in the first quarter to help push her team ahead. The Lions led 14-8 at the end of the first. The second quarter was also won by the Lions as they outscored Franklin 21-15. Multiple Lions were able to get involved, including Lainee Studer (Pleasant Plain, OH/ Little Miami) who drained two three point baskets in the second to increase the Lions lead before halftime. The Mount would lead Franklin 35-23 going into halftime. In the second half, the Grizzlies looked to get back in the game. They outscored the Lions in the third to decrease the deficit to 42-35 going into the final quarter. The Mount was able to hang onto the lead after some clutch free throws from Haberthy in the final minutes. The Lions were able to finish the game ahead to defeat Franklin with a final score of 58-51.
Haberthy led the team in scoring with a total of 19 points. She also totaled 2 steals and 4 rebounds in the Lions win. Studer and Alehia Tucker (Covington, KY/ Holy Cross) also had great performances in the win. Studer finished with 14 points, 4 steals, and 13 rebounds. Tucker finished the game with 14 points, 3 steals, and 6 rebounds. These players made a huge impact on the game to put the Lions in position to win.
The Lions (8-5, 4-2) will host another HCAC matchup this coming Wednesday, 1/10. They will face Transylvania (9-4, 4-2) in the Harrington Center at 7:00 PM.