The women's basketball team lost to LaGrange College in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday evening, 75-74. The Panthers scored off an inbounds play just before the final buzzer to nip the Petrels in an otherwise outstanding college basketball game.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in this one and built what would be their largest advantage of the contest - 7 points - at the 13:04 mark of the first half. Still down six with 7 minutes to play in the half, Oglethorpe mounted a rally in the form of a 14-0 spurt that propelled the Petrels in front by 8. The run featured baskets by 5 different Petrels and was spearheaded by six points from Sarah Jones. LaGrange tallied the final 3 points of the first half and the halftime score was 32-27 in favor of Oglethorpe.
The Petrels held the Panthers at arm's length for much of the second half and still held a 7 point lead with less than 9 minutes to play. The Panthers, however, used an 8-0 burst over two minutes of clock time to take a one point lead and set the stage for a frenetic final 7 minutes of the contest. The lead changed hands 3 times down the stretch with Oglethorpe, trailing by one point, earning a critical defensive stop with less than 20 seconds left that led to a fast break basket from Katie Weeks on a nice dish from Mareva Bone. With just 10 ticks left, the Petrels clung to a one point 74-73 lead. With just two seconds left the Panthers were awarded possession on a loose ball out of bounds, and, following a time out, got a buzzer beating six footer from Katie Covington to stun the home crowd.
Sarah Giles led 4 Petrels in double-figures with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Weeks tallied 14 points and grabbed 6 boards while Bone and Jones contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Oglethorpe is now 2-3 on the season and will face Berry College this Wednesday in Rome at 6:00 p.m.