Second half surge propels Quakers over Pomeroys

Dec. 19, 2013

Clinton, Ind. – Despite leading by three points at halftime, the Pomeroy basketball team was unable to sustain its lead in the second half, falling to the Quakers of Earlham College 98-88 on Thursday night.

The first half saw plenty of high-paced basketball with both teams creating many chances off the fast break.  Earlham would jump out to an 11 point lead early before the Pomeroys would claw back to tie the game at 29 past the midway mark of the first half.  SMWC would continue to build its lead, extending it to as many as eight points towards the end of the half.  The Quakers would cut into that lead by halftime as the Pomeroys led by only three at the break.

Earlham started the second half with a hot start.  They would go on a 7-0 run early in the half, which provided them a seven point cushion within the first 4 minutes.  The Quakers would extend their lead up to as many as 14 points with some big baskets from the transition.  The Pomeroys would not give up and fought for the remainder of the game, closing the lead to seven points towards the final 5 minutes but were unable to get any closer.  The visitors would dribble out the clock as time expired. 

SMWC was led by Ja’Breena Gardner who had a team-high 27 points and a game-high 8 steals on the night.  Chelsea Weaver had one of her best performances of the season, pouring in 18 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field.  Stephanie Moore was the only other player in double figures for the Pomeroys scoring 10 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.

Earlham was led by Kasin Spay who had a game-high 28 points for the Quakers.  Four other players scored in double figures for Earlham with R. Bryant-Williams scoring 19 and Hannah Franklin corralling a game-high 12 boards. 

The big stat of the night went to Earlham as they shot 66% from the field in the second half.

The Pomeroys drop to 6-5 on the season.   Earlham improves to 3-5.  SMWC will take a break to enjoy the Christmas holidays before returning to action at the Taylor Classic on Monday, Dec. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 31.  They will play NAIA powers Taylor University and Marian University.  Game time on Monday, Dec. 30 is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start against the hosts in Upland, Ind.