Lady Petrels Lose Lead, Game at Centre
The women's basketball team lost in Danville, Ky. on Sunday afternoon, 77-71. Much like their defeat on Friday, the Petrels led for most of the contest, including 52-40 with 11:22 to play, but could not nail down the road SCAC win as the Colonels rallied to steal the victory.
Also mirroring Friday's performance in Sunday's defeat was an incredible scoring performance from an individual. The Tigers' Dana Middleton scored a career-high 36 points in Sewanee's win and Centre's Maggie Prewitt dropped 32 points on the Petrels today.
Oglethorpe again used first half spurts to take a lead into the locker room. The Petrels trailed 11-10 before a 13-4 scoring stretch jumpstarted by consecutive three's from Riley Cerone and Sarah Jones put OU ahead 23-15 with 9 minutes to play in the half. The Colonels would battle back to tie it at 23-all but the Petrels produced a 13-2 run to take their largest lead of the half at 11 with just under two to play. That burst was keyed by Jones and Cerone again, with Jones scoring the first 6 points of the stretch and Cerone capping it with a three-ball. The Petrels led 37-29 at halftime.
The Petrels survived an early second half push from the Colonels to trim the lead to 3 and, following a layup from Mareva Bone with 11:22 to play, held a 52-40 advantage. That's when things went south. Centre would scratch back to tie it at 57 apiece with 6:22 to play and then outscored Oglethorpe 20-14 down the stretch to earn the win. Christian Langston made a free throw to cut the lead to 67-64 with 1:38 left in regulation but the Colonels responded with a basket, a defensive stop and a three-pointer to send their lead to 8 and seal the game.
Oglethorpe made 9-of-17 (53%) three-pointers in the contest but really hurt themselves at the free throw line where they only converted 14-of-26 (54%). Mareva Bone led the Petrels with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sarah Jones tallied 16 and Katie Weeks made 3-of-4 from downtown for 11 points. Cerone chipped in 10 in the loss.
Oglethorpe is now 3-7 (0-3) on the season and will next face Mississippi College in Montgomery, Ala. in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on December 29.