CRESSON, Pa. – Despite a strong fourth quarter, the Franciscan women's basketball team was unable to complete the comeback against Mt. Aloysius as the Lady Barons fell, 67-46, on the road Wednesday evening.
The Mounties opened the game with two-straight threes to take a 6-0 lead with 7:29 to play before senior Bernadette Roach hit a jumper to get the Lady Barons on the board, 6-2. The Lady Baron kept the pressure on the Mt. Aloysius but the Mounties were able to build a 18-8 lead after the first 10 minute of action.
Neither team could make a shot fall for the first three and a half minutes of the second quarter until freshman Kaitlyn Sonneberger made a jumper at 6:36 to trim the lead down to 18-10. The Mounties answered with a three to push the lead back to double digits, 21-10, and kick off an 8-2 run to take a 26-12 lead with 4:20 to play before halftime.
Junior Sarah Schriner hit a three with 3:02 to play to halt the Mountie run but Antwayne' Parks answered with a jumper to keep a 13-point cushion for Mt. Aloysius. Schriner scored the next four point for the Lady Barons but MTA put up six points in the final two minutes to take a 34-19 lead into halftime.
The Mounties and Lady Barons exchanged a pair of jumpers to open the third but Mt. Aloysius scored five unanswered points to open a 43-23 lead. Freshman Abby Baiel made a layup to halt the Mounties run but Lea Sammarco hit a three and a jumper to extend the lead to 48-25.
Schriner and Sonneberger hit the final two baskets of the quarter for Franciscan but Mt. Aloysius held onto a 50-28 lead at the final buzzer of the quarter.
Over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, Franciscan out-scored the Mounties 10-7 to cut the lead down to 57-38. The Lady Barons went on to out-score Mt. Aloysius 18-17 in the final 10 minutes but the deficit was too great as Franciscan fell to MTA, 67-46.
Sonneberger led Franciscan with 10 points while Bernadette Roach chipped in nine to go with her six rebounds. Johanna Roach led the Lady Barons with eight rebounds and Baierl handed out three assists with her nine points.
The Lady Barons wrap up their season as they head to Medaille on Saturday for a 2pm game.