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One old adage around the coaching profession is that the breaks will generally even themselves out. That is, after a string of bad luck that may involve injuries, close losses and other misfortune, the positive side of the ledger will surface somewhere down the road.
Well, after the season that the St. Catharine College Patriots just endured, coach Lena Bramblett is ready to turn down that road as quickly as possible. The season ended Thursday in the first game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament when the Patriots fell 78-51 to the University of the Cumberlands.
Like many in this injury-plagued season, the game started well for St. Catharine as the Patriots held a 12-11 lead eight minutes into the game. But Cumberlands (23-8) scored the game’s next 16 points to take a 27-12 lead with 4:53 to go in the first half.
Even then, the Patriots held the deficit to a controllable margin as they trailed 34-20 at halftime.
“Considering the long time that we went without scoring, I didn’t feel that bad about the score at halftime,” said Bramblett, whose team ended the season at 8-23. “But we couldn’t get anything going in the second half.”
Cumberlands led by as many as 31 points (71-39) en route to the 27-point victory. The winners shot 49 percent from the field, including 10-29 from three-point range. They shot just seven free throws, connecting on four of them.
St. Catharine shot 35 percent for the game and was 4-13 from behind the arc. The Patriots made 13 of 17 foul shots. Cumberlands collected 39 rebounds to St. Catharine’s 24. Danielle Brown led the rebounding effort for St. Catharine with eight.
Reena Haliburton scored 14 points to lead St. Catharine in scoring. Brown and Sa’de Mullins had 12 and 10 points respectively.
In the women’s championship game played Saturday, the University of the Cumberlands upset top-seeded Campbellsville 73-68. Campbellsville was the tournament’s top seed and the number five team in the nation. The loss ended the Tigers’ 24-game winning streak. It was the second consecutive tournament title for Cumberlands.