Saturday, February 15, 2014
Manchester University grabbed a 10-point lead at the half and controlled the boards in the second half, limiting the Lions' second chances as they held on to post a 58-49 victory in the Harrington Center. The Mount, 2-21, 2-14 in the HCAC, will be back in action on Feb. 19 when they play at Anderson University.
The Spartans raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first half and held an 18-11 advantage with 12:15 on the clock. Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) made a basket with 7:37 to play, cutting the deficit to 22-20, but the Mount would add only one other basket down the stretch, as they trailed 32-22 at the intermission. Both teams shot 42 percent from the field in the first half, with Manchester holding a 22-13 advantage on the boards. The Mount committed nine first half turnovers while forcing four Manchester miscues.
The Lions whittled down the Manchester lead to six points, 34-28, with 14:13 to play in the game when Brooke Mosler (Maysville, KY/St. Patrick's) hit a shot. Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, KY/Conner) scored with 11:02 to keep the deficit down to six, but Manchester went on a scoring spree after that, getting points from various players, and pushed their advantage out to 52-37, five minutes later at 6:02. The Lions cut into the lead again down the stretch, knocking down the deficit to 10 points a few times, the last with 1:37 when Dennis hit two free throws, to make the score 56-46. The Mount, however, would get no closer than the final score, when Dennis connected for a basket with 19 seconds to play to make the score 58-49.
Dennis led the Mount with a game-high 17 points and also added nine rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Castleberry chipped in 13 points. Manchester held a 53-29 rebounding lead for the game.