The Oglethorpe women's basketball team fought hard Friday night against Centre, but fell in the end, 46-40. The loss drops the Lady Petrels to 4-16 on the season, 2-7 in SAA play. They maintain their position in sixth place in the league.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well in this one, as Oglethorpe shot 26 percent to Centre's 27 percent. The game was back-and-forth, with four ties and eight lead changes. The largest lead either team had in the game was nine points, which was Centre's lead early in the game.
The Colonels started on a 9-0 run over the first four minutes, but the Lady Petrels immediately stormed back. In fact, they outscored Centre 22-10 over the remainder of the half, and the score was tied 22-22 at the break.
In the second half, the defense tightened even further, and Centre started the half on a 4-0 spurt to take a four-point lead early in the period. The Lady Petrels came back with a 9-2 run of their own to take a three-point lead with 10:30 remaining in the game, as senior center Sarah Giles hit two straight jumpers to give Oglethorpe the lead and then extend it to three.
Oglethorpe again had the lead, 36-35, with 5:10 remaining. However, Centre scored to take the lead back, and never relinquished it. The Lady Colonels went on an 11-2 run to take an eight-point lead, their largest of the second half, with 2:41 remaining. Oglethorpe was unable to recover, and Centre went on to the six-point victory.
Freshman guard Gabby Cole led the Lady Petrels with 10 points and four steals, while freshman guard Kalin Williams scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. The Lady Petrels were outrebounded 46-36, outscored on second-chance points 12-4, and outscored off the bench 13-4.
The Lady Petrels take the court again tomorrow night when Sewanee comes into Dorough Field House. The game again tips off at 6 p.m.