Middlebury

Women's Basketball Holds Off Plattsburgh

January 24, 2012

Middlebury shot .491 from the floor, holding on for a 77-74 win over Plattsburgh (6-9) in a non-conference match-up in Pepin Gym. Scarlett Kirk paced the Panthers with 20 points, going 10-10 from the free throw line in the game. Middlebury returns to action on Thursday at Keene State before hosting Williams on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Cardinals will host Oswego on Friday and Cortland on Saturday.

Trailing 10-5, Middlebury went on a quick 5-0 spurt to tie the game early on. Middlebury led by as many as five in the first half, taking a 27-22 lead on a hoop from Katie Pett at the 5:15 mark. Sarah Marcus scored the final points of the half for the Panthers, tying the game for the seventh time as the teams went into the halftime break deadlocked at 37-37.

Middlebury trailed 41-39 early in the second half before going in a huge 15-2 run over the game’s next 3:55 to take a 54-43 lead. Kirk scored six points during the run with a pair of threes from Tracy Borsinger.

The Cardinals chipped away, trailing 64-55 before an 8-0 spurt brought them within one with 5:54 remaining. Threes by Kathleen Payne and Catherine Cassidy led the way during the charge.

The Panthers trailed 72-70 down the stretch, with a key three-point play from Marcus putting them on top 73-72 with 53 seconds remaining. Plattsburgh missed on its next possession, with Marcus knocking down a pair from the free throw line with 23 ticks remaining to make it a 75-72 game. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game on their final possession, but missed twice before a layup from Payne made it a one-point game.

Middlebury’s Brittany Perfetti was fouled with one second remaining, as she hit them both to seal the 77-74 win.

Payne led all scorers with 32 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, to go along with four steals, three blocks and a pair of assists for the Cardinals. Brooke Reifinger added nine, while Dana Nucaro chipped in with eight.

Borsinger aided Kirk’s effort with 15 points, followed by Marcus with 11 and Kristina Conroy with 10.

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