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Hanover women rally to beat Bluffton
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, February 11, 2013 10:00 AM
Hanover's women's basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit to earn victory for the fourth time this season by rallying 73-66 Saturday at Bluffton.
Alicia Hopkins, a sophomore from Columbus, led Hanover with a game-high 17 points and tallied four steals to break her own Hanover single-season record with 97.
Megan Caudill matched her career-high with 12 points and Courtney Prater added 14 for the Panthers.
The Panthers (17-6, 11-5 Heartland) have trailed by double-digits in eight games this season and rallied to win in four of the last five such outings.
The Beavers, who shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half (14-of-28), raced to a 29-14 lead with seven minutes left in the first period.
Hopkins, who had 93 steals as a freshman, scored 11 of her points as Hanover closed the half with a 21-9 run to pull within 38-35 at the break.
Prater scored from inside and Shauna Watson added a pair of free throws to nudge the Panthers ahead 39-38 three minutes into the second period.
The squads were then knotted 40-40 before Hanover mounted a 13-4 burst to grab a 53-44 lead with 12 minutes to play. Caudill and freshman Ashley Malloy each had a bucket and a 3-pointer to fuel the run.
The Panthers stretched the margin to 11 points (63-52) with seven minutes on the clock, but Bluffton used a 12-6 rally to creep within five points (69-64) with two minutes to go.
The Beavers, however, hit just 1-of-6 field goal attempts over the final two minutes, while Watson made 4-of-6 free throws through in that span to secure the win.
Bluffton made just 8-of-32 field goals in the second half (25 percent) and finished the game 22-of-60 (36.7 percent).
Hanover, meanwhile, was limited to 33.9 percent shooting (19-of-56), but had eight 3-pointers and outscored the Beavers 27-17 from the foul line.
Brenna Kurilec scored 15 points to lead Bluffton (11-12, 6-10 HCAC). Kylee Burkholder grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and Brooke Ruffer had 11 to help the Beavers earn a 44-40 advantage on the glass.
SATURDAY'S WOMEN'S GAME
at Bluffton, Ohio
HANOVER 73, BLUFFTON 66
HANOVER (17-6, 11-5 HCAC) - (g)Hopkins 17, (f)Prater 14, Caudill 12, (f)Gahimer 8, Weddle 8, (g)Watson 7, Malloy 5, (g)Morse 1, Pahren 1, Block 0, Tubb 0, Bischoff 0.
BLUFFTON (11-12, 6-10 HCAC) - (f)Kurilec 15, Pennekamp 11, (f)Hatton 9, (g)Knight 8, (g)Whitaker 7, (f)Ruffer 5, Burkholder 4, Baker 3, DeBord 2, Cooper 2.
Halftime - Bluffton 38-35. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 8 (Caudill 3, Gahimer 2, Hopkins 2, Malloy 1), Bluffton 5 (Pennekamp 3, Kurilec 1, Baker 1). Rebounds - Hanover 40 (Pahren 6), Bluffton 44 (Burkholder 13, Ruffer 11). Assists - Hanover 19 (Hopkins 6), Bluffton 17 (Ruffer 6). Turnovers - Hanover 15, Bluffton 20. Total Fouls - Hanover 24, Bluffton 21. Free Throws - Hanover 27-38 (71%), Bluffton 17-29 (59%). Fouled Out - Hanover: Weddle. Bluffton: Knight. Next Game - Hanover hosts Transylvania Wednesday.
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