Steubenville, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph University women's basketball team traveled across Ohio to take on the Lady Barons of Franciscan University on Wednesday in a non-conference game. The Lions went into the game with a 1-7 overall record and a 1-2 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference record. The Lady Barons entered the game with a 2-5 overall record and a 1-3 conference record in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
At the start of the game both teams struggled to capitalize on some early opportunities. Chloe Jansen (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) would get the Lions on the board first with a layup, taking to 2-0 lead with 8:21 left in the first quarter. Over the course of the next seven minutes, the Lions would build their lead to 8-0 over the Lady Barons. Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) was the lone scorer during this time, making three free throws and a three pointer. With 2:31 left in the quarter the Lady Barons would end up on the scoreboard with a three pointer, cutting the Lions lead to five. Both teams would then struggle on the offensive side with time ticking down. Maggie Schoolfield (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) would end the Lions scoring in the first quarter with two free throws made with less than one-minute remaining. The final points of the quarter would go in favor of the Lady Barons with a layup made with 20 seconds left in the quarter. The Lions would lead the Lady Barons 10-5 entering the second quarter.
During the second quarter the Lady Barons would start to give the Lions a run for their money. At the 8:07 mark left in the quarter the game would be tied up 10-10 after a layup made in favor of the Lady Barons. Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County) would take back the lead for the Lions, making a layup, a free throw, and another layup to take a 15-10 lead with 7:15 left. The Lady Barons would again close down on the Lions lead and with 3:49 left would take a 17-15 lead over the Lions with a three pointer. Maddie Haberthy would then tie it up at 17-17 before the Lions would fall again. As time was ticking down, Haberthy would steal the ball and make a layup with 10 seconds left on the board. At halftime the Lions trailed the Lady Barons 24-22.
The third quarter would start off with the Lions taking back the lead from a three pointer before the Lady Barons made another basket to take a one-point lead. The scoreboard would read 26-25 in favor of the Lady Barons for the two minutes. Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, Ohio/Kings) would make her name known in the third quarter, making three three pointers in a row for the Lions. While the Lady Barons were making baskets, Marcum's threes were able to help give the Lions back the lead. With 2:56 left in the third the Lions led 36-33. Chole Jansen would build the lead with two free throws with just over a minute left of play. The Lady Barons would make a basket at the end of the quarter. The Lions led the Lady Barons 38-35 as the teams entered the final quarter of play.
In the fourth the Lions would continue to hit threes. A three by Chloe Jansen would help continue to give the Lions the lead, leading the Lady Barons 41-37. The Lady Barons would hit a three of their own before Maddie Haberthy would take her turn at a three pointer. 6:55 left in the fourth quarter the Lions led 44-40 and would hold this lead for the next two minutes before building on it. In the two three and a half minutes of play the Lady Barons would go on a run and capitalize on their opportunities. They would score six unanswered points over the Lions to tie the game up at 48-48 with :49 seconds left in the game. A big three pointer by Mackenzie Marcum would give the Lions back their lead at 51-48. The Lady Barons would try to come back, making a jump shot to narrow the Lions lead to one. Maddie Haberthy would make the final baskets of the game from two free throws. The Lady Barons would try to push for overtime with an attempt at a buzzer beating three, but would fall short as the Lions secured their second win of the season. The Lions defeated the Lady Barons 53-50.
Maddie Haberthy played a big part in the Lions win, securing 23 points with three rebounds, one assist, and three steals. Haberthy was 7-7 for the day in free throws. Mackenzie Marcum was a big help for the Lions coming off the bench, she made 12 of the Lions points, with two rebounds, one assist, and two steals.
The Lions have a break before they are back in action on Monday, December 30th, as the travel down to Danville, Ky. to take on the Colonels of Centre College in another non-conference game. Tip-off is set for 5PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019-2020 season.