The Oglethorpe women's basketball team lost at Huntingdon for the second time this season Saturday afternoon, this time as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. In a game where neither team shot the ball very well, the home-standing Lady Hawks came out on top, 53-44.
Oglethorpe went up by two points early, leading 12-10 with 7:58 remaining in the first half, but Huntingdon went on an 8-0 run to turn the game around and put it in their favor. They led by six, 18-12, at the end of the run, and maintained their lead at halftime, as well, holding a 25-20 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Lady Petrels cut the lead to a single point early in the half to make the score 32-31 in favor of Huntingdon with 16:04 remaining. However, from that point, Huntingdon slowly put the game away, going on a 21-8 run that spanned most of the remainder of the game. Their largest lead was 13 points, and it came with just over a minute left in the game.
Oglethorpe actually shot the ball better than Huntingdon. They shot 36 percent for the game to Huntingdon's 30, 28 percent from 3-point range to Huntingdon's 16, and 75 percent from the free-throw line to Huntingdon's 70.
However, the big statistics that helped decide the game in the Lady Hawks' favor were turnovers and rebounding. Oglethorpe turned the ball over 25 times to Huntingdon's 15 and grabbed only 34 rebounds to Huntingdon's 46. The Lady Hawks also grabbed 22 offensive rebounds to Oglethorpe's nine.
Senior center Sarah Giles led the Lady Petrels in scoring and rebounding, pouring in 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, giving her another double-double. Freshman guard Gabby Cole scored 12 points and passed out four assists.
The loss drops the Lady Petrels to 2-10 on the season. They will next be in action on Friday, when they start the SAA season in earnest. Hendrix will come into town to take on Oglethorpe Friday at 6 p.m., then Rhodes will come in Sunday at 1 p.m.