Lady Pilots improve to 8-2 with 74-69 victory over Lady Lions
December 17, 2005
Shreveport, LA---The LSUS Lady Pilots survived a late run by the Southwestern Assemblies of God Lady Lions in the finale of the LSUS Lady Pilot Classic and improved to 8-2 on the season with a 74-69 victory.
For the second consecutive day, the Lady Lions took the court with only five players dressed for action. After trailing by as many as 8-points, the Lady Lions battled to a 32-32 halftime score after Lacey Box connected on a three-point field goal with just 0:03 remaining on the clock.
The Lady Pilot offense however kicked into high gear at the beginning of the second half and built a 19-point lead with 7:48 remaining when Britteney Walker connected on a baseline jumper for two of her six total points.
The Lady Lions however roared back with a 12-2 run which was capped by an Evelyn Johnston three-point bucket which cut the Lady Pilot lead to 67-59 with 4:29 remaining.
LSUS however maintained control and connected on four free-throw attempts in the final 1:05 and held on for a 74-69 victory.
“Once again, I can’t say enough about our girl’s effort. We kept fighting and gave ourselves a chance to win,” commented Lady Lions Head Coach Arlen Beadles.
The Lady Lions were led by Abigail Rivera who poured in 18-points and collected a game high 13-rebounds. Jennifer Snow also added a double-double with 16-points and 11-rebounds, while Johnston finished with 20-points and Box had 15-points to go along with five assists.
Jessica Kelley finished one rebound shy of her third double-double of the year and finished with nine rebounds and 15-points. Point guard Ashlee Johnston picked up a season high 15-points on 4-of-5 shooting and committed only one turnover in 28:00 of action. Kacie Cryer pitched in with 12-points and Marcia Spyhalski collected a team high 12-rebounds to go along with seven points before being fouled out in the final 2:00 of play.
“I thought we played a solid ball game. We took care of the basketball and connected on our free throw attempts,” commented Lady Pilots Head Coach Ronnie Howell whose team committed a season low nine turnovers and connected on 13-of-16 (81%) from the charity stripe.
LSUS out rebounded the Lady Lions by a final margin of 48-42 and won the turnover battle committing just nine while forcing 16 by SAGU.