STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan women's basketball team struggled to find their rhythm on offense and fell to Medaille, 89-37, in an AMCC matchup, Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 9-0 with just under five to play in the first quarter, junior Sarah Schriner got the Lady Barons on the board as she made three out of four free throws in back to back trips to the line to cut the lead back to 9-3. The Mavericks scored five unanswered points to push the lead back to double digits, 14-3, but the Lady Barons closed out the quarter with a 6-2 run as Medaille led 16-9 after the first.
The Mavericks built on their lead in the second quarter and took a 37-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Medaille scored the first nine points of the third quarter before Schriner hit the back end of a trip to the line to end the Mavericks run. Franciscan' offensive struggles continued, however, in the third and Medaille pushed its lead to 65-25 at the end of the third.
Freshman Abby Baierl scored the first basket for the Lady Barons in the fourth and knocked down a three with 7:51 to play to cut the lead back down to 39, 69-30. The Mavericks could not be slowed down and outscored the Lady Barons 20-7 in the final 7:48 of the game to close out the win, 89-37.
Baierl was a bright spot on the Lady Barons offense as she scored 18 points, her second-highest total this season, while Schriner and freshman Kaitlyn Sonneberger each chipped in six points. Sophomore Raegan Stead finished the game with seven points while senior Bernadette Roach pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.
The Lady Barons return to the court on Wednesday when they host Mt. Aloysius at 6pm.