Thursday, January 30, 2014
Visiting Hanover College grabbed a six-point halftime lead, and led most of the second half but had to hold off a late Mount challenge in a 79-71 win on Wednesday night in the Hattington Center. The Lions go to 2-16 overall, 2-9 in the HCAC while Hanover improves to 10-8, 8-3. The Mount in back in action on Feb. 1 when they play in an HCAC match-up at Earlham College.
The Lions got off to a fast start in the game against the Panthers, leading during the early portion of the game. Hanover, however, would grab a 35-29 lead at the break thanks in part to out-shooting the Lions from the field, 47 to 41 percent, and making three, three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
With Hanover leading 52-43 in the second half, the Lions began to make their move, by improving their effiiciency on offense. Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) hit three free throws two straight times, the last at 9:00 on the second half clock, to cut the deficit to 57-52. Mount teammate Meredith Hartfiel (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) connected on a three-point field goal with 7:52 to play to cut the Hanover lead to, 57-55. The Lions would grab the lead, 58-57, just over a minute later when Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, KYt/Conner) fired in a jump shot from behind the three-point arc. Castleberry and McManus would keep the Lions in the game late in the second half. After a 60-all tie, Hanover forged ahead 64-60, but McManus' three-pointer at 5:08, and Castleberry's layup at 4:19 kept the Lions to within one point. Castleberry also conected on two free throws with 3:17 to play, making the score Hanover 70-69. THe Lions, however, would go cold down the stretch, and would not score again until McManus made two free throws with 1:19 left in the game to make the score 76-71.
Hanover shot 68 percent from the field in the second half - to the Mount's 45 percent. The Panthers also made 11-of-17 free throws while the Lions were 10-for-10 from the charity stripe in the second half. Hanover won the rebounding battle in the game, 37-23, and saw their bench out-score the Lions' substitutes 17-9. Hanover had 23 turnovers compared to 14 turnovers for the Mount.
McManus led the Mount with career-highs in points (22) and assists (eight). Castleberry added nine points and six assists while Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) had 17 points and seven rebounds. Brooke Mosler (Maysville, Ky/St. Patrick's) chipped in nine points while teammate Bristyl Webb (Oxford, OH/Talawanda) had six streals.