Pomeroys drop second straight to Robert Morris-Springfield

Feb. 19, 2013

The Pomeroy basketball team was unable to rally back from a double-digit deficit in a 98-77 home loss to the Lady Eagles of Robert Morris-Springfield on Monday night.  This was the second meeting between the two schools this season.  Robert Morris-Springfield had won back on Dec. 1 (90-66).

In a close first half that featured five ties and three lead changes, it appeared the game would be tight throughout.  The Pomeroys and Lady Eagles would each share mini scoring runs of their own.  SMWC led by as many as six and had the lead for most of the half.  The turning point came with 3:24 left when Robert Morris-Springfield went on an 8-0 run and outscored SMWC 14-3 to finish the half.  At intermission, the score favored the Lady Eagles 50-38. 

A scary moment came with 1:55 left in the first half.  Sierra Lopez fell to the floor hard as she drove to the basket and was fouled.  She was in extreme pain and had to be carried off the court.  The diagnosis was an ankle injury and she did not return for the remainder of the game.

From the start of the second half, the Lady Eagles were able to manage their double-digit halftime lead and never trailed.  They were able to get constant scoring from their starters and bench players.  The closest the Pomeroys would get was within nine points, but were never able to get close the gap any further.      

Whitney Allen led the Pomeroys, scoring 17 of her team-high 24 points in the second half.  Hailee Rittinger was hot from beyond the arc, shooting 4-of-6 from three-point range and ended the game with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.  The only other Pomeroy in double figures was Brandi McDaniel who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.  Kristina Bruce also dished out a game-high eight assists for SMWC.

Robert Morris-Springfield received a strong performance by Cassandra Baker, who scored 19 of her game-high 25 points in the first half.  Megan Smith secured a double-double for the Lady Eagles with an 11 point, 12 rebound effort.  Traci Osby (17 pts.) and Ellie Krone (10 pts.) also scored in double figures for Robert Morris-Springfield.      

With the loss, the Pomeroy’s home record is now even at 4-4 and drops to 7-19 overall.  Robert Morris-Springfield improves to 13-7.

The Pomeroy’s last game of the season will take place today (Tuesday, Feb. 19) against Spalding University.  Game time is set for a 7 p.m. start will take place at the Clinton Recreation Center in Clinton, Ind.