The Lady Barons women’s basketball team lost to AMCC leader, the La Roche Redhawks, in a close game at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
In the first few seconds of the game, the Lady Barons stole the ball and scored, and at six minutes, La Roche made its first points of the match.
After a four-minute timeout, the score was 4-2, La Roche. At 1.30 left in the period, the Lady Barons scored and threw a free throw, and scored again at 40 seconds.
The first quarter ended 7–4, Lady Barons.
At the beginning of the second quarter, La Roche landed a 3-pointer. At eight minutes La Roche shot two free throws, bringing the score to 7-7.
At seven minutes the Lady Barons called a timeout with the score 9-7, La Roche. At 6.40 minutes senior guard Abby Baierl made a sweet pass to freshman forward Estelle Leon, who scored, evening the score to 9-9.
Soon after, Baierl stole the ball from La Roche and scored again. At four minutes the score stood 13-11, La Roche, and with one minute left on the clock before halftime, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Lady Barons scored, ending the first half just one point behind La Roche at 20-19.
La Roche scored in the first few seconds of the third quarter, then sophomore forward Angela Starre shot and scored right after. Starre scored again, ending the third quarter at 39-30, La Roche.
Leon landed two impressive jumpers within 90 seconds of the final quarter’s start, bringing the score to 42-36.
Freshman guard Selena Coronis had good ball handling and made a layup. With 40 seconds left in the game, the Lady Barons were just eight points behind La Roche, 55-47.
A jumper and a pair of free throws by La Roche brought the final score to 57-47, La Roche.
Despite the loss, head coach Sean Kirk praised his team’s effort, saying, “We played really well. Our defense really came out to play. We held our own against one of the best scoring team in the conference by 57 points.”
“I’m really proud of them,” he said. “Selena (Coronis) played excellent (defense); the whole team played well. It just wasn’t our night offensively.”
The Lady Barons’ next home game is on Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. against Pitt.-Greensburg.