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Hanover women start fast, finish strong to beat Bluffton for fifth straight victory
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, February 03, 2014 10:00 AM
Hanover women's basketball extended its winning streak to six games on Saturday with a 79-66 victory over Bluffton in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest at Collier Arena.
Hanover's offense shot out of the gate fast to go on an 11-0 run after the tipoff and followed that minutes later with a 23-8 spurt that staked the Panthers to a 41-27 lead at halftime.
Bluffton (11-8, 7-5 HCAC) got 20 second half points from Brooke Ruffer but Hanover freshman and Austin graduate Jessie Davidson scored 15 points of her own and the Panthers' lead was a steady double-digits for the final 20 minutes en route to the 13 point win.
Three Hanover players scored in double figures. Caitlin Bischoff poured in a team-high 19 points, Davidson finished with 17 and Alicia Hopkins added 12.
Bluffton got 26 points from Ruffer who also had 14 rebounds for a double-double. Taylor Knight added 17 points and Taylor Whitaker chipped in 11.
Hanover (11-8, 9-3 HCAC) hosts HCAC rival Franklin on Wednesday.
Men fall to Bluffton
Hanover men's basketball suffered a disappointing Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference setback Saturday, falling 76-66 to Bluffton at home.
Hanover led 29-27 at halftime and the Panthers maintained that advantage until midway through the second half when Bluffton mounted a 19-7 run over the next seven minutes to take a 57-49 lead with less than five minutes to play.
Bluffton (7-12, 3-9 HCAC) expanded that margin to 12 with 1:37 remaining but Hanover's Tim Bass rallied rallied the Panthers by scoring 11 points in a 49-second stretch to pull the Panthers to within six with 43 seconds left.
But that's where the comeback hit a wall and Hanover made just one more shot the rest of the way while the Beavers drilled seven straight free to clinch the 10-point win.
Bass led the Panthers scoring with 23 points. Sophomore forwards V.J. Billups and Evan Bingham added 11 each.
Bluffton's Billy Taflinger led all scorers with 32 points. Thayne Recker recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Beavers.
Hanover (12-7, 8-4 HCAC) visits HCAC rival Franklin on Wednesday for an conference showdown with the Grizzlies.
SATURDAY'S WOMEN'S GAME
HANOVER 79, BLUFFTON 66
BLUFFTON (11-8, 7-5 HCAC) - (f)Ruffer 26, (g)Knight 17, Whitaker 11, (c)Beining 5, Hairston 3, (g)Cooper 2, (g)Pennekamp 2, Jerger 0, Downing 0, Hutton 0.
HANOVER (11-8, 9-3 HCAC) - (f)Bischoff 19, (g)Davidson 17, (g)Hopkins 12, Malloy 8, Block 7, (g)Watson 6, Weddle 4, Pahren 4, (f)Caudill 2, Bentz 0, Meyer 0.
Halftime - Hanover 41-27. 3-Point Goals - Bluffton 2 (Ruffer 1, Hairston 1), Hanover 7 (Bischoff 2, Malloy 2, Block 2, Hopkins 1). Rebounds - Bluffton 41 (Ruffer 14), Hanover 43 (Weddle 7). Assists - Bluffton 5 (Downing 2), Hanover 14 (Watson 5). Turnovers - Bluffton 19, Hanover 15. Total Fouls - Bluffton 24, Hanover 19. Free Throws - Bluffton 14-18, Hanover 28-33. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Bluffton hosts Manchester on Wednesday; Hanover hosts Franklin on Wednesday.
SATURDAY's MEN'S GAME
BLUFFTON 76, HANOVER 66
BLUFFTON (7-12, 3-9 HCAC) - (g)Taflinger 32, (f)Recker 14, (f)Pope 9, Rohde 8, Kinn 6, (g)Ebbeskotte 4, Green 3, (g)Homier 0.
HANOVER (12-7, 8-4 HCAC) - (g)Bass 23, (f)Billups 11, Bingham 11, (g)James 9, Marks 4, (f)Rieger 2, (c)Munchmore 2, Steinhart 2, Van Kleunen 2, Crabtree 0, Black 0.
Halftime - Hanover 29-27. 3-Point Goals - Bluffton 2 (Rohde 1, Green 1), Hanover 4 (Billups 2, Bass 1, James 1). Rebounds - Bluffton 36 (Recker 13), Hanover 24 (James 4, Marks 4). Assists - Bluffton 10 (Ebbeskotte 4), Hanover 8 (Billups 4). Turnovers - Bluffton 14, Hanover 8. Total Fouls - Bluffton 21, Hanover 25. Free Throws - Bluffton 30-38, Hanover 22-28. Fouled Out - Bluffton: Ebbeskotte, Hanover: Rieger. Next Game - Bluffton visits Manchester on Wednesday; Hanover visits Franklin on Wednesday.
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