The Lady Barons basketball team fell just short of a victory over the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opener held at their very own Kuzma Court.
The ladies gave a strong effort with an impressive comeback in the second half, but this was not enough to secure the win over the Bobcats.
The first quarter was off to a slow start for the home team, ending the first quarter with the Bobcats leading with a score of 14-8. Highlights included freshman guard Tessa Crider scoring half of the team’s points for the quarter with one 3-point shot and a free throw.
Moving into the second quarter, the leading scorers for the Lady Barons were Crider and freshman forward Angela Starre. The 5-foot-11 Starre earned five points for the team in the second quarter, grabbing several rebounds. Crider also gave a strong effort, putting up a few more points for the Lady Barons.
Franciscan gave a strong performance in the second quarter, only trailing the Bobcats by three points with an overall score of 25-22.
The home team had an impressive comeback moving into the second half of the conference opener. Starre scored eight points for the Lady Barons. Crider also came back strong in the last few minutes of the third quarter, scoring five points to cap off the fourth quarter with the Lady Barons leading 43-38.
Though the home team gave a strong effort in the final quarter of the game, the Lady Barons fell to the opposing team in the last minutes of the contest, and the Bobcats capped off the game with a score of 55-51. Crider and Starre each earned two points in the last quarter.
Starre ended up stuffing the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal. Crider put up 13 points, grabbed six boards and stashed two steals. Other notable performers were freshman forward Grace Godich with seven points and senior guard Gaby De Jesus with five points.
Head Coach Suzy Delaney was positive after the close game. Delaney said, “I’m proud of how the team fought back after getting down early in the first quarter. We put ourselves in the position to win and we’ve got to keep working hard to do the things necessary to finish the job.”
The Lady Barons will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. at home in another AMCC face-off against the D’Youville Spartans.