Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Hanover beats Lions in HCAC Tournament

Area colleges

The Cincinnati Enquirer

HANOVER, Ind. - Angela Newkirk and Tessa Bair scored 18 points each to lift the fourth-seeded Panthers over No. 5 Mount St. Joseph 66-63 in overtime Tuesday night in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

Newkirk, a sophomore forward, scored with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 60 and send it to overtime.

With 3:05 to play in the extra period, the Panthers went on a 5-1 run and held on for the win.

The Lions shot only 29.9 percent from the field and were 2-of-13 from 3-point range.

Colerain grad Virginia Grace led the Lions (11-14) with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Katie Swart (Batavia) added 16 points and 8 rebounds, Adrian Vance (Whiteoak) scored 14 points and Nekeala Richardson (Hughes) chipped in 11.

Hanover plays top-seeded Franklin at 8 p.m. Friday.

Men: Defiance 54, Mount St. Joseph 53

Senior Jason Smolenski scored on a fastbreak layup with 4 seconds remaining to give Defiance its first lead.

A Mount St. Joseph miss on its ensuing possession preserved HCAC Tournament victory.

Fifth-seed Mount St. Joseph (10-15) was led by Moeller graduate Tom Luther, who had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Matt Volkerding (Harrison) added 10 points and 11 rebounds and Derrick Jones (Princeton) scored 16 points in the loss.

Sophomore guard Curt Croy led fourth-seeded Defiance (11-13) with 13 points.

The Lions self-destructed with 19 turnovers, while Defiance only had 8. Defiance plays Hanover in the tournament semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday.

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