Saturday, December 14, 2013
Host Franklin College raced out to a 17-point lead at the half, and behind a well-balanced scoring attack defeated the Lions on Saturday afternoon, 86-70. The loss drops the Mount to 1-7 overall, 1-2 in the HCAC. The Lions will return to action on Dec. 17 when they host a non-conference game against Kalamazoo College.
Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) hit a three-point shot attempt with just over 14 minutes to play in the first half against the Grizzlies, giving her team a 9-6 lead. The Lions would hold another lead, this time at two points, with 11:08 on the clock, after a basket by Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick), but Franklin rallied after a 16-all tie at the 10:21 mark to go on a 18-7 run to lead 34-23 with 4:08 to paly in the first half. The home team would hold a double-digit lead the rest of the half, pushing the advantage out to 17 points at one time in the game.
Franklin connected on 56 percent of its shots in the first half, while the Lions would makle 12-of-30 from the field (40 percent) in the opening half of play. Franklin also out-scored the Lions, 9-3 from the free throw line in the first half, and held a 23-15 rebounding lead as they posted a 49-32 margin at the intermission. Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) led the Mount with seven points and five rebounds in the first half.
Franklin pushed their lead out to a 55-35 margin at 17:10 in the second half, but saw the Lions cut the deficit to 72-62 with 5:28, on a three-pointer by Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) before regaining control of the game. The Grizzlies held an 83-66 lead with 1:49 to play, as they saw four players score in double figures in the game.
Dennis finished with 17 pointys and eight rebounds while Brooke Mosler (Maysville, KY/St. Patrick's) added 12 points. Monahan chipped in 10 points while McManus finished with six rebounds. The Mount connected on 11 three-point shots, compared to four baskets from long range for the Grizzlies. The Lions committed 18 turnovers to 16 miscues by Franklin, while the Grizzlies posted an 42-34 advantage on the boards.