Delhi, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph women's basketball team welcomed the Knights of Calvin University to the Harrington Center on Saturday in a non-conference game. The Lions entered the game with a 0-2 record after suffering some tough losses so far this season. The Knights entered the game with a 2-2 record so far this season.
The Lions started the game off fast in the first quarter with multiple 3-point attempts, Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) would be the first to make one to give the Lions the first lead of the game. It would take a couple of minutes for the Knights to get up on the board but once they did, they wouldn't stop. With just over five minutes left to play in the first quarter, the Lions and the Knights would be tied up at 5-5 before the Knights would take the ball and run up the score. As the first quarter came to an end, the Knights led the Lions 18-7.
In the second quarter, Chloe Jansen (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) would try to keep the Lions in the game. Jansen would make two 3-pointers throughout the 10 minutes of play. The Lions struggled to capitalize on their chances and found themselves on the defensive end for much of the second quarter. At the half, the Lions had fallen behind and trailed the Knights 32-17.
As the new half began with the third quarter underway the Lions found themselves a break and were able to hold the Knights to just five points. The Lions would get 10 points in the third quarter with Chloe Jansen and Maddie Haberthy both recording a 3-point jump shot. Haberthy would continue to add onto her point total with a layup to bring the Lions within nine points as the Knights lead 34-25 with just over five minutes to go. Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County) would get the last points in the third quarter with a jump shot as two minutes remained. As timed ticked down, the Lions trailed by 10 points as the score sheet read 37-27 in favor of the Knights.
During the fourth and final quarter of the game it seemed as if the Lions were about to make a comeback. At the beginning of the quarter Maddie Haberthy was sent to the free throw line and made two important point to get the Lions with tying distance. Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, Ohio/Kings) would them make an important three for the Lions, bringing them with five points of the Knights. The Knights would gain some points over the Lions over the span of two minutes before the Lions would begin another offensive run. This time Haberthy would make two more free throws and the three pointer to bring the Lions back within five. With five minutes remaining in the game the Lions trailed the Knights 42-37. Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) would narrow the lead down to three with a layup to make the score 42-39. This is the closest the Lions would get to tying the game as the Knights went on an offensive attack. Chloe Jansen would make a couple of free throws and a layup in the final two minutes of the game but it wouldn't be enough. The Knights went on to ultimately defeat the Lions by a score of 59-44.
The Lions have had a tough start to the 2019-2020 season and hope to turn things around soon. The Lions will be traveling to Springfield, Ohio to take on the Tigers of Wittenberg University on Tuesday, November 26th. The game is set to tip off at 7PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the Lions 2019-2020 season.