Lions Work Hard but Come Up Short

Lions Work Hard but Come Up Short

Delhi, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph University women's basketball team welcomed the Quakers of Earlham College to the Harrington Center on Saturday for their second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game of the 2019-2020 season. The Lions came into the game with a 0-5 overall record and a 0-1 conference record while the Quakers came in with a 1-4 overall record and a 0-0 conference record.

With the Lions still on the prowl for their first win of the season they came into Saturday's game with lots of energy. Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, Ohio/Kings) got the game starting early for the Lions with a layup and a free throw. The Lions took the 3-0 lead just a minute and a half into the game and continued to build on it. With two free throws made by Chloe Jansen (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) the Lions had five unanswered points over the Quakers with a 5-0 lead three minutes into the first quarter. The Quakers would get on the board with a layup before Lions key player Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) made her first three-pointer of the game. The Lions would continue to get multiple players on the board over the course of the first quarter. With 3:38 left in the quarter Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County) would hit a three to give the Lions a 17-6 lead. With time ticking down the Quakers would gain a couple of points in the Lions. At the end of the quarter the Lions held the lead by four points.

Entering the second quarter the Lions led the Quakers 17-13. Over the course of just over three minutes the Quakers would come back on the Lions. The Lions would tie the game up with 6:39 left in the quarter with a layup made by Kamryn McCool, making the score 19-19. The Quakers would immediately take the lead back with a three-pointer and lead the Lions 22-19. Over the next three minutes the Lions would play stellar defense, causing two turnovers and not allow the Quakers to take any chances on net. The Lions were unable to capitalize on any of their chances and the Quakers would break the scoreless streak with two free throws at the 4:21 minute mark, leading the Lions 24-19. With 3:22 left in the half the Lions would go on an offensive attack and bring the game within one. At the 2:51 mark the Lions would trail by one as the scoreboard read 24-23 in favor of the Quakers. Chloe Jansen would tie it up at 24-24 with a free throw before the Lions would take back the lead with two free throws made by Maddie Haberthy. With 1:37 left in the half the Lions led 26-24. The Lions and Quakers would continue to take their shots with the remaining time left on the clock, with both teams capitalizing on their opportunities. At the buzzer the Lions were able to hold onto their lead as they led the Quakers 33-29 entering halftime.

During the third quarter the Lions and Quakers would go back and forth multiple times with the lead. Just 30 seconds into the quarter the Quakers would make a layup to bring the game within one. Both teams would see defensive play over the next minute with three turnovers happening between both teams. At 7:55 left on the clock in the quarter the Quakers would take a 34-33 lead over the Lions with a three-pointer. Maddie Haberthy would make two free throws to take back the lead for the Lions just 50 seconds later. A three-pointer by Kamryn McCool would build the lead for the Lions, giving them a 38-34 lead with 6:39 left in the quarter. The game would be tied up again at the 5:38 mark with the scoreboard reading 39-39 before the Quakers would take the lead with a layup and a three pointer, making the Lions trail 44-39. The Lions would come back with their own layup and three-pointer and tie the game up again. With two minutes remaining the scoreboard would read 44-44. Both the Lions and the Quakers would get two points making it a 46-46 game with time ticking down. With one second left on the clock the Quakers would make a layup and lead the Lions 48-46 entering the final quarter of the game. 

With the final quarter underway Chloe Jansen would immediately tie to game up with a layup before the Quaker would then take it back with a jump shot. The Lions would again tie the game up before the Quakers would take back the lead. With 8:25 left in the game the Quakers would lead the Lions 53-50. Between the 7:40 mark and the 5:19 mark neither team was able to connect with the basket. The Lions would be the first to get back on the board with a three pointer by Haley Scott (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills). Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) would follow with two layups, allowing the Lions to take a 57-56 lead with 3:23 left on the clock. The Quakers would make jump shot to take a one-point lead over the Lions. With 2:08 left on the clock the Lions trailed 58-57. Both teams would start to put on all their defensive pressure on each-other with time running out. The Quakers would steal the ball from the Lions and make a lay-up to extend their lead to 60-57 over the Lions. With two seconds left on the clock the Lions would take their chance at a three, but it would fall short. In the end the Lions fell to the Quakers by a score of 60-57. 

Maddie Haberthy was the leader for the Lions for the day as she recorded 18 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal, and one block. Kamryn McCool was also a key player for the Lions, recording 12 points, her highest of her career, as well as three rebounds, one assist, and one steal for the day.

The Lions continue to search for their first win of the season. They will be back in action on Saturday, December 14th, as they welcome the Ravens of Anderson University to the Harrington Center. Tip off will be at 2PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on he reset of the Lions 2019-2020 season.