February 26, 2011

Blue Jays End Diplomats' Season

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Franklin & Marshall ended its watershed season with a 71-59 loss to Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference semifinals Saturday afternoon. It was the furthest any Diplomat squad had reached in the 18 years of the CC playoffs.

The Blue Jays will meet Muhlenberg, a 75-60 winner over Gettysburg, in Sunday's championship game at 2 p.m.

F&M (14-13) battled the Blue Jays (21-4) to a 10-10 tie midway through the first half. Alexa Barbush scored five points in the first seven minutes while Megan Pauley and Kristina McCarthy scored a field goal each and Alison Menna hit a free throw for the Diplomats. Hopkins used a 14-2 scoring run to take a 24-12 lead with 6:44 left in the first half.

A pair of Elizabeth Snyder three-pointers bookended a Dipomats' 13-4 run to trail by three, 28-25, with 1:19 left in the opener. Snyder scored eight points in the run, Allison Bauer added a three and Barbush  converted a pair of free throws. Katherine Brooks put Hopkins ahead 30-25 with 11 seconds left before Bauer matched it with two seconds left in the half to keep the Diplomats within three, 30-27, at the break.

Scores by Menna, Bauer and Pauley gave F&M its first lead of the second half, 33-32, three minutes in. The Diplomats retained their lead for two minutes with three free throws from Bauer and two by Barbush to take a 38-34 lead with 15:46 left in the game.

The Blue Jays took the lead for good on a three from Lyndsay Burton with 14:41 left in the game. Amy Chabitnoy's layup at 13:48 got F&M the closest it would get in the second half, 41-40, with 13:48 left. Hopkins used a 14-2 run to lead 54-42 with nine minutes left and would later convert 6-of-6 free throws in the final 1:19 to ice the game.

Burton, the reigning CC Player of the Year, recorded a double-double for Hopkins with 29 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs. Chantel Mattiola added 16 points and Stephanie Fong 12 for the Blue Jays.

Snyder scored a team-high 16 points for F&M going 3-of-6 from behind the arc and 6-of-13 from the field. Bauer pumped in 14 points and Alexa Barbush added 13. Pauley scored six points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

JOHNS HOPKINS 71, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 59

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (14-13, 11-9 CC)
Elizabeth Snyder 6-13 1-2 16; Allison Bauer 4-9 5-6 14; Alexa Barbush 1-8
10-12 13; Megan Pauley 3-12 0-0 6; Kristina McCarthy 2-4 1-3 5; Alison Menna
1-6 1-2 3; Amy Chabitnoy 1-1 0-0 2; Emily Johnson 0-1 0-0 0; Emma Lisle 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 18-55 18-25 59.

JOHNS HOPKINS (21-4, 17-3 CC)
Lyndsay Burton 13-19 2-4 29; Chantel Mattiola 5-12 3-3 16; Stephanie Fong
2-9 8-8 12; Katherine Brooks 2-6 1-2 5; Fatu Conteh 2-5 1-2 5; Sarah Higbee
1-3 0-0 2; KaraLea Follmer 1-5 0-0 2; Kat Fox 0-3 0-0 0; Jacqueline Williams
0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-64 15-19 71.

Franklin & Marshall...........   27   32  -   59
Johns Hopkins.................   30   41  -   71

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 5-13 (Elizabeth Snyder 3-6; Alexa Barbush
1-1; Allison Bauer 1-2; Megan Pauley 0-4), Johns Hopkins 4-15 (Chantel
Mattiola 3-7; Lyndsay Burton 1-2; KaraLea Follmer 0-1; Kat Fox 0-2;
Jacqueline Williams 0-1; Stephanie Fong 0-2).

Fouled out--Franklin &Marshall-Alexa Barbush, Johns Hopkins-Chantel Mattiola.

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 38 (Megan Pauley 8), Johns Hopkins 44 (Lyndsay Burton 10).

Assists--Franklin & Marshall 10 (Megan Pauley 3), Johns Hopkins 12
(Stephanie Fong 6).

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 17, Johns Hopkins 15.

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-None, Johns Hopkins-None.