Saturday, December 15, 2012
Freshman guard Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, KY/Conner) connected on two free throws with just over a minute to play to give the Lions a 57-56 lead, but host Manchester University hit five-of-six free throws down the stretch to pull out a 61-59 win today over the Mount. The loss was the Lions third this season by three points or less. The Mount, 2-6 overall and 2-2 in the HCAC, will be back in action on Dec. 20 at Kalamazoo College.
The Spartans jumped out to a 32-23 lead at the half, and held a 56-50 lead with 3:09 to play. The Lions then made a run at the lead, thanks to solid free throw shooting and grabbed the lead on Castleberry's free throws with 1:04 to play in the game. Manchester would re-take the lead at 58-57 when they made two free throws, only to see the Lions forge ahead again on their next possession, 59-58, when Brooke Mosler (Maysville, KY/St. Patrick's) made a basket off a pass from Castleberry with 42 seconds left in the game. The Spartans worked the ball inside on their next possession, missed a shot, but grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled on a field goal attempt. Two Manchester free throws with 18 seconds left gave the Spartans a 60-59 advantage and the Lions turned the ball over in the closing seconds. Manchester converted one-of-two free throws with one second left for the final margin.
The Mount was led by Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg), who scored 13 points and added four steals while teammate Alex Donald (Litchfield, ME/Oak Hill) added 11 points. Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) chipped in nine points and three blocks; and Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick) had eight rebounds. Castleberry finished with seven assists.
The Lions out-shot Manchester from the field, 37 to 32 percent; and from behind the three-point arc, making six-of-13 from long range to the Spartans' two-of-11 from three-point range. The Mount was 15-of-18 from the free throw line to Manchester's 21-of-30 from the charity stripe. Manchester out-rebounded the Mount, 44-34, including 13-5 on the offensive boards, and committed 22 turnovers while forcing 24 Lions' miscues.