LANCASTER, Pa. – Olivia Hoffman connected on a buzzer-beating hook shot to lift King's over Franklin & Marshall 57-56 on Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the 2016 Terry Greene Tip-Off Classic. The Diplomats fell to 0-2 with the defeat, while the Lady Monarchs improved to 1-2 on the year.
Haley Pilone appeared to have won the game for F&M after nailing a jumper from the left baseline with 1.8 seconds remaining to give the Diplomats a 56-55 lead. However, it was King's that made the last big play of the night, inbounding from halfcourt after a timeout and getting the game-winning basket. Cayle Spencer found Hoffman just outside the lane, and Hoffman had just enough time to release a left-handed shot that gave the Lady Monarchs the game as time expired.
King's needed a comeback after the Diplomats entered halftime with a 10-point lead. Haley Pilone scored 10 points in the second quarter and Sarah Haddon added seven as F&M rode an 8-0 run to start the period, taking a 34-24 edge into the break. Erica Brown and Pilone led all scorers with 12 points each after two quarters.
The Diplomats expanded that lead to as much as 15 after two free throws from Brown with 5:08 left in the third, but King's began to cut the deficit with a 7-2 run to end the third. That momentum continued into the fourth, with Lady Monarchs taking their first lead of the half after Rebecca Prociak hit two from the charity stripe with 1:01 remaining for a 55-54 edge.
Pilone finished with 16 to lead the F&M offense, followed by Haddon with 15 and Brown with 14. Haddon pulled in 12 boards to complete her double-double.
The Diplomats return to the Mayser Center on Tuesday, getting an early start on Centennial Conference (CC) play by taking on Gettysburg at 6:00 p.m.
Sarah Pisani was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts in two games, where she was joined by Prociak, Lycoming's Shelby Mueller, and Julia Craig and Emily Martin (MVP) of Elizabethtown.