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Women's Basketball Loses Tight Contest at Saint Paul's

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LAWRENCEVILLE, VA -- Saint Paul’s used a pair of late free throws to help rally past visiting Catawba for a 61-59 victory in women’s basketball action on Monday afternoon at Taylor-Whitehead Gym.  The Tigers improve to 4-3, while the Catawba Indians fall to 6-4.

The game was tightly contested throughout as after Catawba trimmed a quick 8-0 deficit to 8-5 neither team would hold more than a five-point edge the rest of the way.  The Lady Indians used a 14-2 run after the early deficit to grab a 14-10 edge.  The teams would head to the break tied at 22-all.

Salethia Parker scored four points early in the second half for a 26-22 Tiger advantage, but Catawba responded with a 13-4 run for a 35-30 lead with 13:19 to go.  Sicilia LoSauro (Oviedo, FL/Oviedo HS) scored the final seven points and capped the surge on a three-point play.

Saint Paul’s stayed close and retook the lead on a pair of Parker free throws at 42-20 with 11:15 left.  A three-pointer by LoSauro with 7:39 remaining gave Catawba a 53-51 edge, but two free throws by Parker and a jumper by Alicia Brown tied the game at 55-all with 5:30 to play.

Nisha Long’s (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) backdoor layup and a free throw by NeKeithia Howard (Macon, GA/Northeast HS) had Catawba up 58-55.  The Tigers rallied again and took the lead at 59-58 on a jumper by Keneil Rainey with 57 second remaining. 

LoSauro would tie the game for the 13th time, converting the second of two free throws with 47 second left.  Parker would get the final two points at the line for the Tigers as she was fouled after rebounding a miss from Rainey with 24 seconds to play.  Catawba had a final chance, but Howard missed inside and LoSauro’s hurried follow shot was short.

LoSauro led Catawba with 17 points with Howard adding 14 and eight rebounds.  Juantale Cook led Saint Paul’s with 11 points and Parker added 10, going 8-for-8 at the line.  The Tigers enjoyed a 43-30 edge on the boards.  

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