Location: Harrington Center (Cincinnati, OH)
The Lions welcomed Hanover College into the Harrington Center on Senior Night. The game started off rough for the Lions. Mount St. Joseph fell into a huge deficit early in the game. After the first quarter the Lions trailed the Panthers with a score of 18-6. The Lions fought hard after that to get back in the game, but the Panthers continued to make sure they held a comfortable lead. The Panthers defeated the Lions with a final score of 76-52.
How it Happened:
The Lions honored their lone senior Rachel Fairfield (Aurora, IN/ Oldenburg Academy) before the game as she was escorted onto the court by her parents. She was embraced by her teammates as she was congratulated for her successful career here at the Mount. The first quarter, the Lions struggled to stop the Panthers offense. Hanover was able to put together a 14-0 run to take the lead over the Lions early. At the end of the first, the Lions trailed 18-6. In the second quarter, the Lions were able to produce some offense to decrease the deficit. Lainee Studer (Pleasant Plain, OH/ Little Miami) was able to score 7 points in the quarter to keep her team in the game. The Lions still trailed going into halftime with the score at 41-25. The Mount played well in the third quarter outscoring the Panthers 17-14. The Lions tried hard to decrease the lead in the final quarter, but were defeated by Hanover with a final score of 76-52.
Studer led the team in scoring with 15 points. She was also able to finish the game with 2 blocks, 2 steals, and 6 rebounds. Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon) was also able to make an impact scoring 11 points to help keep her team in it.
The Lions (10-14, 6-11) will travel to Richmond, IN for their last regular season contest against Earlham College (6-18, 6-11). The game will be held on Saturday, 2/17 at 1:00 PM.