November 19, 2011

Diplomats' Rally Falls Short

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall used an 8-3 scoring run late in the second half to even the game at 48-48 before York pulled away down the stretch to escape with a 57-50 win in the second game of the Terry Greene Memorial Tournament on Saturday at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats (0-1) will face Immaculata, which lost to Elizabethtown 71-70 in the opening game, Sunday at 1 p.m.

York (1-0) had a 29-20 halftime lead behind seven points from Kristen Haley, Brittany Hicks and Kelsey Murphy. The Diplomats battled to get back in the game in early in the second half, but trailed 45-40 with 9:15 left in the game.

Two free throws by Tracy Hahn and Alexa Barbush, a Colleen Bott jumper and an Elizabeth Snyder shot from the line completed an 8-3 run and tied the game at 48-48 with 4:59 left in the game. The Spartans answered with a 9-3 run in the final minutes to secure the win.

The Diplomats had their fair share of opportunities in the first half with 38 shots but sank only seven. York, on the other hand, made the most of its 23 shots by sinking 11, including three treys. 

Khadjia Mitchell led the Spartans with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Haley added 15 and Hicks 11.

Barbush netted a game-high 21 points and swiped nine passes. She has now moved into fifth place on F&M's all-time steals list with 191. Snyder added 11 points for F&M and Bott grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.