Fast Start Powers Panthers Past Mount St. Joseph

Fast Start Powers Panthers Past Mount St. Joseph

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - On the heels of a hot first quarter, the Hanover women's basketball team garnered a 64-53 victory over the Mount St. Joseph Lions on Wednesday evening. 

Junior Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) was key during this string of offensive firepower, as she scored on four-of-five field goal attempts, including a trio from three point range. The Blue and Red (6-5 overall, 5-0 HCAC) began the contest a perfect six-for-six from behind the arc, fueling a first quarter scoring assault. By the end of the period, Hanover led the Lions by a score of 28-9. 

Both squads began cooling off in the second quarter. As the period drew on, however, MSJ began a scoring run, and by halftime used a 13-3 advantage to pull the score to 31-22 at the break. 

When the second half started, it looked as though MSJ would mount a comeback, as they cracked open the scoring after intermission with a three-pointer to bring the Lions within six points. However, with the score at 31-25, HC pulled off a 19-5 run in just under six minutes to take a commanding 50-30 lead with just over 4:00 minutes left in the third period. The rest of the period consisted of each team exchanging two points, making it a 52-32 ballgame as the fourth quarter approached. 

During the fourth quarter, the Blue and Red were able to close out the Lions, going up by as much as 20 points at 56-36 with 7:48 left in the contest. Though MSJ seemed to have one last run in them, pulling within 60-48 with 2:39 remaining, senior Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) quieted any chances of it by putting in a layup to make it 62-48 with 1:27 on the clock. 

On the night, Nall led the Panthers with 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting, including a four-for-five mark from behind the three-point line. Senior Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) notched 10 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Todd caught fire in the fourth to finish with 13 points and five dimes dished. 

Hanover will next take the floor in the second game of a men's and women's doubleheader against Bluffton, with tip-off slated for 4 p.m., Saturday, January 11.