DANVILLE, Ky. - The Panthers hit the hardwood with Centre and fell in a back-an-forth non-conference battle 74-61 on Saturday afternoon.
Hanover (1-3 overall) was led in the contest by senior Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) with a season-high 20 points shooting 50 percent from the floor, with a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point. Junior Savannah Courtney (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) chipped in 14 points for the Blue and Red.
The contest opened as a back-and-forth battle that saw the Panthers take the early 5-4 lead following a Katie Hartman three-pointer with 7:23 to play in the opening period. However, Centre respond stringing together a small run before senior Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) hit a layup in the final minutes for the slim 16-15 margin.
In the second period, the Colonels responded surging ahead hitting back-to-back shots before a pair of free throws by freshman Callie Wilder (North Vernon, Ind.) pulled them within 20-18. But the Panthers slowly clawed their way back as another Wilder score knotted the game at 24-24 with just over three minutes remaining. Hanover continued to charge and would take the lead into the half as sophomore Lanette Blume ( St. Anthony, Ind.) deemed clutch with two seconds remaining for the 30-28 halftime advantage.
With the contest locked early in the third quarter, the Colonels looked to pull away but fell unsuccessful as Hartman hit a shot with 5:58 to play to halt the charge, 39-35. They continued to chip at the lead with a Blume free throw that saw the differential close to 40-37. However, Centre was able to combat the attack and take the 50-43 lead into the final period of action.
The final period saw Centre extend it's advantage to double digits following a 6-0 run before a Savannah Courtney jumper stalled the outburst, 56-45. The Panthers looked to get something going late in the contest as a short Hanover rally pulled them back within six at the 5:32 point 58-52.The rest of the game played in favor of the Colonels as they weathered the comeback and held on for the 74-61 victory.
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, December 4 as they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Franklin. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.