By: Abbey Lipcsik
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Although Kayla Yost recorded her second double-double of the season (11-11), the Hiram college women's basketball team fell to the Lycoming Warriors in a 12-point decision, 82-70, in the first game of the Hoops for Hounds Classic on Wednesday evening.
With the loss, the Terriers (10-3, 3-2 NCAC) snap a five-game winning streak, while Lycoming improves to an 8-3, 2-2 MAC.
The game opened with a 14-3 run in favor of the Warriors. At the 2:59 mark, the Terriers then tallied six points over the next minute, with all of them coming from layups by Mercedes Jones. But Lycoming answered back with five points of their own to make the score 19-9.
As the final minute ran out, a Warrior foul sent Erica Johnson to the free throw line. After she made both attempts, Lycoming's Akilah McFadden made the last shot of the quarter to make the score 21-11.
Hiram continued to chip away at the Warrior lead, posting a 19-14 scoring advantage in the second quarter. The Terriers came within three points of Lycoming (25-22) by the quarter's midpoint, but the Warriors came back to take a nine point lead (31-22) with 3:57 remaining in the half.
The Terriers made a last-minute scoring run (8-4), with shots coming from Johnson, Kayla Yost and Kaylee Shockley. But the run was not enough as the Warriors held a five-point lead at halftime (35-30).
Hiram battled back to tie the game at 48 by the 2:40 mark in the third. Four Terriers contributed to the effort, including Allison Vannoy, who led the way with ten points. The guard shot 4-4, with two of her shots coming from behind the arc.
The Warriors fought back to regain the lead, registering five points in the time left. Tayler Hall tacked on two points for Hiram, but the Terriers still had a three-point deficit going into the fourth (53-50).
Lycoming continued to increase their lead as the final ten minutes wound down. The quarter started with a 7-0 run made by the Warriors over 90 seconds (60-50). Hiram came back to within four points (63-59) with 5:13 left in the game, but Lycoming continued to add to their lead and walked away with a 12-point victory (82-70).
Jones once again led the Terrier offense, notching 17 points over the course of the game. Other scoring leaders included Shockley (16), Vannoy (15) and Yost (11).
Seven Terriers recorded at least one steal over the course of the game. Dana Perrotta led the team with three, which also marked a new season-high. Shockley, Vannoy and Johnson each tallied two, while Yost, Jones and Clover Kaple followed with one apiece.
The Terriers will be back in action tomorrow when they face Rosemont in the second day of the Hoops for Hounds Classic. Tipoff is set for noon.