Thursday, January 10, 2013
Second place Franklin College overcame an off-night shooting, and turnover-plagued basketball by converting 21-of-23 from the free throw line on Wednesday night, as they defeated the vistiting Lions, 66-54. The Mount slips to 3-11 overall, 2-5 in the HCAC with the loss, and returns to action on Jan. 12 at HCAC-rival Defiance College.
The Lions jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game, but saw the Grizzlies fight back to make a game of it throughout the early part of the game, thanks to their ability to get to the free throw line and convert oppportunites. A fifth tie in the first half knotted the score at 15-all with 10:59 to play, as the Grizzlies began to pull away. Franklin College would out-score the visiting Lions, 16-9 down the stretch, as the Lions tried to keep pace by taking advantage of the their inside scoring attack. The Mount would out-score the Grizzlies, 18-12 in points in the paint, and 13-6 off turnovers in the first half, but saw Franklin College take a 31-24 lead at the half as they out-scored the Mount, 11-2 from the free throw line.
Franklin College would push their lead out to 46-28 by the 13:53 mark of the second half, as they got contributions from many different players. The closest the Lions would get in the second half was to within 10 points, 57-47 with 3:42 to play. Franklin would connect on over 80 percent of their free throws again in the second half, as they overcame 23 turnovers in the game. They also held a 41-26 lead over the Mount in the rebounding battle.
Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, KY/Conner) led the Mount with 13 points, as she connected on six-of-eight shots from the field. Lions' teammate Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) added 10 points while Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.