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The St. Catharine Lady Patriots (3-9, 1-5 MSC) gave the visiting Georgetown College Tigers (10-3, 4-1 MSC) all that they could handle in the final minutes of Saturday’s contest, but their comeback fell just short as the Patriots fell 72-63.
With over six minutes remaining in the contest, it looked all but over as the Lady Patriots trailed the Tigers 60-47.
However, Heather Sandlin (Florence) sparked the Patriots’ comeback by drilling a shot from behind the arc for three of her team-leading 16 points off an assist from Brooke Gee (Ashland).
After two Tiger baskets, Gee battled inside to find the bottom of the net off the assist from Rianne Hofstraat (Netherlands) and cut the lead to 12.
On the ensuing Patriot possession, Hofstraat nailed another shot from outside the arc to bring SCC within single digits.
With the Patriots trailing by nine and the time winding down, Heather Sandlin found Sasha Ruiz-Lopez on a no-look pass for a Patriot lay-up. The Tigers, pushed the ball back up the court quickly but could not connect on a shot in the paint, allowing Calhoun to grab the rebound and go coast-to-coast to cut the Tiger lead to five with under a minute remaining.
However, the Patriots would be unable to connect on their final shots to fall 72-63.
The Patriots will take to the road next Thursday when they travel to face the Red Storm of the University of Rio Grande.
University of the Cumberlands
SCC fell in a 75-69 heartbreaker to the No. 21-ranked University of the Cumberlands Lady Patriots (8-5, 3-1 MSC) on Thursday in Lourdes Hall.
The Lady Patriots grabbed the momentum late in the first half when Lexus Edwards (Lexington) drilled a three-pointer to put the Patriots up one with just two minutes remaining.
Following a score-tying free throw by the Cumberlands, Machera Calhoun (Fort Meyers, Fla.) went coast-to-coast to make an acrobatic layup, giving the Lady Patriots their largest lead of the half at two.
With the time winding down in the first and the Patriots trailing by four, Edwards shifted the momentum back to SCC when she drilled yet another three-point basket to send the Purple Patriots to the half trailing by one.
In the second half, SCC came out on a scoring frenzy, as they went on a 12-0 run, taking a 49-37 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the contest.
However, the momentum swings continued as the Cumberlands tore off a 15-4 run to take the lead 56-55 with 9:40 left.
With the home team trailing by only one, Calhoun took to the lane to find the bottom of the net and give the Patriots the lead once more with 1:40 remaining.
Following a crucial shot clock violation by the host Patriots, Cumberland’s Lynnae Lumpkins nailed a shot from behind the arc to push the Cumberlands lead to four. Calhoun led the charge, once more by flying through the lane and found the net once again, cutting the lead to two with just 22 seconds remaining.
However, the effort was not enough, as SCC couldn’t connect on a final three-pointer, causing them to fall 75-69.