Thursday, January 24, 2013
Visiting Hanover College got a balanced scoring effort on Wednesday night, with four players scoring in double-digits, and the Panthers hit clutch free throws down the stretch as they held off a late charge by the Mount to record an 84-76 win. The loss drops the Mount's overall mark to 3-15 overall, and 2-9 in the HCAC, as Hanover won the season series, 2-0. The Lions next game action is on Jan. 26 when they play at conference-foe Rose-Hulman.
The two teams played close throughout much of the first half, before the Panthers went on a scoring run last in the half and down to the 6:31 mark to grab a 39-29 lead. The Mount, however, hung in, getting their shooting untracked and out-scored Hanover 15-11 as the half closed with the Panthers holding a 50-44 lead at the intermission. The Lions out-shot their opponents 53 to 47 percent in the opening half, but Hanover converted 19-of-23 free throws to the Mount's nine-of-11 from the charity stripe, which provided the six-point margin. Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) led the Mount with 11 first-half points.
Hanover would push their lead out to a 66-48 margin with just under 14 minutes to play before the Lions would make another run, capped by a lay-up from Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, Ky/Conner) which cut the deficit to 66-56 with 10:25 to play. McManus would hit a three-pointer to keep the margin at 10, 68-58 at 9:33. Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick) hit two free throws with 7:41 and 7:02 on the game clock, to get the Lions within eight points both times before Hanover made a three-pointer witjh 3:46 left to go up, 75-65. Brooke Mosler (Maysville, KY/St. Patrick's) made a jumper with 1:07 remaining in the game, to cut the Hanover lead to 77-71, and Castleberry converted a lay-up with 26 seconds left in the game to cut the Hanover lead to 79-76, but it was too little, too late for the Mount as the Panthers hit five-of-six free throws down the stretch for their 14th win on the season, and eighth in the HCAC.
McManus paced the Lions with 17 points while Mosler and Donald each chipped in 12 points. Rachel Blevins (Middletown, OH/Madison) and Monahan each grabbed six rebounds, as the Lions won the rebounding battle, 41-31. Hanover out-shot the Lions from the field 47-46 percent, and made 28-of-35 from the free throw line to the Mount's 14-of-17. The Lions had 27 turnovers in the game to Hanover's 19 turnovers.