Pomeroy's season ends in overtime loss to Spalding, 77-71

Feb. 20, 2013

In a game that could of gone either way, the Lady Golden Eagles of Spalding University had just enough in overtime to pull out a gritty 77-71 victory over the Pomeroy basketball team on Tuesday evening.  The loss marks and end to the 2012-2013 season for the Pomeroys and the careers of seniors Brittney Shaner and Whitney Allen.

In the first half, the score remained close throughout, especially with both teams only shooting 32% from the field.  There were four lead changes and two ties, but Spalding was able to extend its lead to nine points with five minutes remaining in the half.  The Pomeroys would go on a mini run of their own to cut into the halftime deficit and trailed 33-28 heading into the locker room.

Within the first four minutes of the second half, the Pomeroys were able to go on an 11-2 run and had its biggest lead of the game (39-35).  However, the Lady Golden Eagles would respond with a 13-0 run of their own to take a nine point lead just minutes later.  The Pomeroys would continue to slowly chip away at the lead and eventually tied the game at 60.  They would take the lead (62-60) after two Chelsea Weaver free-throws with 1:36 left on the clock.  With l0 seconds remaining, Spalding’s Kerstin Hayes was fouled as she drove to the basket.  She made both free-throws to tie the game at 62.  SMWC’s Kristina Bruce drove to the basket and was fouled with 4.6 seconds left on the next possession.  Uncharacteristically, Bruce missed both free-throws and forced the game into overtime.

In the extra session, Allen hit a three-point basket to put the Pomeroys up 65-64 with four minutes remaining.  Spalding would respond right back with a series of three-point baskets, which gave them an edge within the final few minutes.  The closest the Pomeroys would get would be within five points off an Allen basket with one minute left.  Unfortunately the sands of the hour glass would run out on the Pomeroys and the Lady Golden Eagles escaped with a 77-71 victory.      

Allen led all scorers with 24 points.  She was 4-of-8 from behind the arc and finished with eight rebounds in her final game as a Pomeroy.  Allen’s scoring performance moved her into sixth place in all-time career scoring at SMWC.  Weaver had a double-double, scoring 23 points and corralling 14 rebounds.  Allen and Weaver were the only Pomeroy players to score in double figures.  Hailee Rittinger had one of her best games of the season, finishing with 11 rebounds and a game-high seven blocks. 

Leading the way for Spalding was Kristin Baker who secured a double-double with a 15 point, 15 rebound performance.  Hayes and Lindsey Roarx scored 12 points each to pace the Lady Golden Eagles. 

For the game, SMWC shot 39% from the field, hitting 8-of-19 from behind the arc, and finished with a total of 12 blocks.  Spalding shot 36% from the field, outrebounded SMWC 53-50 in total rebounds, and had 12 total steals.

The Pomeroys end the season with a 7-20 record.  Spalding finishes their regular season with a 13-12 record as they enter tournament play.