Delhi, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph women's basketball team welcomed the Spartans of Manchester University into the Harrington Center on Saturday for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up. Entering the game, the Lions came in with a 4-12 overall record and a 2-6 HCAC record, while the Spartans entered with a 8-7 overall record and a 5-3 HCAC record. The Lions looked to come into the game and bounce back from their two recent losses, and they would do just that.
Beginning the first quarter, Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) got the game started with a three to get the Lions ahead early on, and to start a career setting night for her. The Spartans kept it close, making a layup, before Chloe Jansen (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) built the Lions score back up with a three of her own. At 6:44 the Lions led 6-2. Some free throws and a layup allowed the Spartans to tie the game up at 6-6 with 4:00 minutes remaining in the quarter, but then the time came. At 3:44, junior Maddie Haberthy hit her second three of the game, while simultaneously recoding her 1,000th career point as a Lion! The gym erupted as Maddie swished a wide open three, earning her a standing ovation on reaching such a high milestone in her career as a Lion! The three would continue to come for the Lions as Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, Ohio/Kings) joined in on the scoring, making her first basket of the game with 2:24 remaining to give the Lions a 12-6 lead. Finishing out the first quarter for the Lions, Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) got on the board with a layup and Mackenzie Marcum closed it out with another three. At the end of the quarter the Lions led the Spartans 17-10.
The scoring kept coming for the Lions in the second quarter, recording 20 unanswered points over the Spartans in a span of three minutes. Maddie Haberthy got it all started again in the second quarter with another three to give the Lions a 20-10 lead just six seconds into the start of the quarter. With another three from Chloe Jansen just a minute later, the score kept building. Back to back layups ended the Lions streak of scoring with a layup from the Spartans. Immediately following the Spartans layup, Hayley Scott (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) got her name on the board with a layup. At 6:42 the Lions led the Spartans by a score of 29-12. The score kept going up as the Lions kept hitting, while the Spartans hit two three over a span of four minutes. With two minutes remaining in the half, the Lions had built up a 17 point lead, as the scoreboard read 35-18. Ending the half, Maddie Haberthy made a layup and the Spartans brought the ball down the court to make a three. At halftime the Lions led 39-23 after recording a big 22-point second quarter.
During the third quarter the Spartans started to hit, nut the Lions were able to keep ahold of their lead throughout the 10 minutes. Aliyah Huff continued to make layup's for the Lions to keep building the score up. A three from the Spartans followed by some free throws built their score up to 29 compared to the Lions 43 at 7:03. Each time the Spartans seemed to get somewhere, the Lions would pounce back on the offensive end. With 4:00 minutes remaining on the clock in the third, the Lions held onto a 47-34 lead. A layup from Rachael Moody (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) came in at the 3:53 mark. At the end of the third quarter the score continued to be in the Lions favor, leading the Spartans 57-39.
The Spartans got the final quarter started with a three, but Jaleah Fair-Harris (Columbus, Ohio/Centennial) got the Lions right back in with a jump shot. In-between the 9:20 and 8:37 mark, the Spartans would get five points, while the Maddie Haberthy got the Lions a three. At 8:37 the score read 62-47 in favor of the Lions. Almost two minutes would go by with no scoring before both teams would get a layup. Steady scoring from the Lions and Spartans would happen over the next minute. At 5:15, Haley Scott hit a three to give the Lions a 70-51 lead. The score would continue to keep building for the Lions as they hit two free throws and a three. With two minutes remaining the Lions lead 77-56 over the Spartans. In the final two minutes the only basket would come from Chloe Jansen, who made a layup, giving the Lions a final score of 79 as they defeated the visiting Spartans by a final score of 79-56.
On Maddie's career setting night, she recorded 19 points, with seven rebounds and four assists. Haberthy currently sits in first place in the HCAC standings in points per game with 17.1. Chloe Jansen set her career high for the night, leading the Lions with 23 points. She was 7-11 in FGM-A, 2-4 in 3PM-A and a 100% 7-7 in FTH-A. She also led the team with nine assists and three steals. Aliyah Huff had her season high of 13 points with four rebounds and one assists.
Overall the Lions had a great day all working together. The Lions were 51.9% (28-54) from field goal range, 81.3% (13-16) from free throws made, and outrebounded the Spartans 39-27.
With the win, the Lions moved up to 6th place in the HCAC standing, improving their overall record to 5-12 and their HCAC record to 3-6.
The Lions will be back in action at home on Wednesday night as they welcome the Panthers of Hanover College to the Harrington Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30PM. Continue to checkout MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the 2019-2020 season.