Shaner's basket gives Pomeroys first win of the season

Dec. 1, 2012

Brittney Shaner’s layup with 13 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winning basket: The Pomeroy basketball team held on to win its first game of the season, 73-72 over Principia College, on Friday night. 

Though the Pomeroys led throughout the game, they weren’t completely able to keep the home team at bay. In the first half, SMWC was able to take advantage of Principia turnovers and took an early lead. Principia were able to battle back and tied the game at 9-9 in the first five minutes. However, at the 13:13 mark of the first half, back-to-back three-point baskets by Alaura McKemie and Whitney Allen sparked a key 8-0 run. The Pomeroys were able to reach their biggest lead of the half at 14 with four minutes left, only to see that lead shrink to five at the break. SMWC went into the locker room with a 40-35 advantage.

The Pomeroys were able to get off to a hot start in the beginning of the second half. A basket by Sierra Lopez and three quick turnovers by the Lady Panthers led to six straight points and a 13-point lead.  Principia would not make this an easy affair for the Pomeroys, though, and they were able to claw their way back into the game with key runs of their own. SMWC led until a basket at the 3:16 mark by Principia’s Karina Olsen, giving the Lady Panthers a one point lead. Missed shots and turnovers by both teams led up to Shaner’s game-winning basket with 13 seconds remaining. Principia would have had one last chance to win the game, but turned the ball over and was unable to get off another shot.   

Four Pomeroys registered double-digit scoring performances. Led by Shaner’s 18 points, Brandi McDaniel scored 11 points, while Kristina Bruce and McKemie each chipped in 10 points. Lopez had one of her best rebounding efforts of the season, coming down with 12 boards.

Principia’s Sarah Corbitt led all scorers with 21 points. The Lady Panthers also received top performances by Becca DeNicholas, who had 17 points, and Olsen, who finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds.    

The Pomeroys improve to 1-6 on the season and will have a quick turnaround, traveling to Springfield, Ill., in a matchup with Robert Morris-Springfield on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.