January 25, 2012
Bully's Late Three-pointer Leads Women's Basketball to Conquest of Mars Hill
MARS HILL, NC -- Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/Namur HS) drained a go-ahead three-pointer with three seconds on the clock propelling Catawba past South Atlantic Conference foe Mars Hill 71-69 Wednesday night at Stanford Arena. The Lady Indians now stand at 12-5 overall and 7-2 in the SAC while the Lions fall to 10-8 and 3-6.
Erica Warren put Mars Hill up 69-68 on a layup with 45 seconds remaining. Bully missed a shot at the other end with Warren getting the rebound. Quick-acting Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day HS) picked Warren’s pocket with 29 seconds left and time running out.
After a timeout with eight seconds remaining Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day HS) found Bully open off a pick near the top of the key and calmly sunk the shot and the Lions’ hopes of a victory. A last-chance heave by Mars Hill fell short.
Catawba shot just 4-of-17 from long range for the game, three from Bully, but made it count in the end. The Lady Indians shot 45% overall and made 7-of-9 from the charity stripe. Bully finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Mars Hill had been down 62-47 with 8:09 left in the contest, but found their way back thanks to a 10-0 run in which Catawba missed seven straight shots.
A three-pointer by Jackie Simon with 2:49 remaining put the Lions up 65-64. The lead would change five times until the end of the game as the back-and-forth began. Maggie Sullivan (Fort Mill, SC/Charlotte Christian HS) and Bully each made a layup to put the Lady Indians back out in front 68-67 with just under two minutes left in regulation.
Catawba came out of halftime and turned a tie score quickly into a double-digit cushion inside of four minutes. Mars Hill went cold from the floor while defensive rebounds and long passes up court led to several Lady Indian layups. At the 16:05 mark of the second half Sullivan’s layup pushed Catawba out to a 44-34 lead.
The Lions roared to an early 7-0 lead out of the gate as Tyler Carlson started off her hot-shooting night with a trey. A steal and outlet pass from Long to Hicks led to an easy layup and Catawba’s first lead of the half at 15-14 with 11:47 remaining.
Another Hicks’ layup at 6:29 put the Lady Indians up 25-18, their largest lead of the first half. Three Catawba turnovers helped the Lions storm back and take the lead at 29-27 on a Carlson layup with 3:41 to go.
A layup and a jumper from Long would help the Lady Indians tie it up at halftime at 31 apiece.
Hicks had a complete game with 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Long chipped in with 17 points, five assists and three rebounds. Mars Hill’s Carlson was the game’s leading scorer with 20.
Catawba plays host to Carson-Newman on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 pm at Goodman Gym.
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