By: Abbey Lipcsik
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – With four Terrier scoring in double-figures, the Hiram College women's basketball team defeated the Rosemont Ravens by a final score of 83-71 on Thursday during the second day of the Hoops for Hounds Classic.
Junior Kaylee Shockley, tallied a team-high 19 points, while senior Kayla Yost and junior Mercedes Jones followed with 16 and 15 apiece. Senior Dana Perrotta also added ten points, with six of them coming from beyond the arc.
Hiram dominated both sides of the floor in the first half. The Terriers held the Ravens to just 11 points in the opening quarter, while tacking on 22 points of their own. Perrotta led the way with eight, while Shockley and Jones each added seven.
The Terriers continued their strong offensive play in the second, jumping out to a 15-point lead in the first two minutes (28-13). At the 8:03 mark, Rosemont went on a 13-4 scoring run, cutting the Hiram lead to the lowest it would be the entire game (6). The Terriers then answered back to increase their lead to 16 going into halftime, thanks to Jones, Yost, Shockley and Brianna Kirk.
Despite Rosemont outscoring Hiram 15-13 in the third, the Terriers still held a strong lead. The quarter opened with Hiram scoring the first three points to take their largest lead of the game (19). The Ravens tried to pick up their game, cutting their deficit to ten by the 2:06 mark (53-43). However, a jumper from Jones and a layup from Shockley in the final two minutes of the quarter increased the Hiram lead to 57-43 going into the fourth.
Three of the Terrier reserves made an appearance in the final ten minutes, including Bri Burgos, Savana, Lowery and Tayler Hall. By the 0:28 mark, a combined scoring effort from Burgos, Lowery, Kirk, Erica Johnson, Sarah Spehn, Shockley and Yost raised Hiram's lead back up to 19 (83-64). Although Rosemont's Ke'Aloh Naone-Carter notched seven straight points in the final seconds, the Terriers walked away with the 12-point victory.
With 12 Terriers scoring over the course of the game, Hiram posted a season high. Hiram also recorded a season-high in assists (20). Shockley and Allison Vannoy tied for the team-high with four, while Yost, Jones, Perrotta, Clover Kaple and Jazmine Scott each finished with two.
On defense, Hiram forced 23 turnovers, which converted into 28 Terrier points throughout the game's duration. Hiram also made 18 steals, falling just three short of the season-high. Shockley once again led the team with four, while Perrotta and Kaple followed with three each.
For her efforts, Shockley was named to the Hoops for Hounds All-Tournament team. In two games, the junior averaged 17.5 points, to go along with 4.5 rebounds, four assists and three steals per game.
Hiram will return to the court next Wednesday (1/4) when they begin 2017 with an away conference matchup against Oberlin. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.