Women's Basketball Stunned By Hamilton

January 18, 2013

Hamilton scored five points in the game’s final three seconds to steal a 56-55 road win at Middlebury (8-8, 2-3) on Friday night in Pepin Gym. Madie Harlem hit a three with three seconds left before Kim Goidell stole an inbounds pass and Samantha Graber converted a lay-up to give the Continentals (8-8, 1-4) the win with just .7 seconds left on the clock. Harlem also became the ninth player in Hamilton school history to reach 1,000 career points, netting a game-high 27.

Middlebury led 13-7 at the 11:35 mark of the first half behind threes from Sarah Marcus and Laura Lowry. Hamilton came back to tie the game on a bucket from Harlem with 3:03 remaining to make it 22-22. A pair of free throws with .1 second left in the first half sent the teams into the intermission with 26 points apiece. The Panthers struggled with the ball in the first half, committing 19 turnovers that equated to 15 Continental points.

Tied early in the second half, Middlebury went on an 8-0 run to take a 36-28 lead with 11:48 remaining. Marcus scored twice during the run with a three-point play from Tracy Borsinger. The Panthers maintained the lead, holding a 52-44 advantage with 1:19 remaining.

A free throw and a three from Eliza Howe brought Hamilton within four at 52-48 with 1:07 left. Another three from Howe at the 38-second mark made it a 53-51 game with 38 seconds remaining. The Panthers missed on the other end, but Scarlett Kirk was fouled and sunk a pair from the free throw line to put her team up 55-51 with 10 seconds left. The Harlem three and Goidell steal followed, as the Continentals pulled off the improbable victory.

Howe scored 16 points to aide Harlem’s effort to pace the Continentals. Lowry led Middlebury with 14, Kirk netted 11, while Borsinger scored 10.

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