Lebanon Valley holds on to down McDaniel, 57-48

ANNVILLE, Pa. – Lori Lidlow netted a game-high 19 points to lead Lebanon Valley to a 57-48 victory over McDaniel in non-conference women’s basketball action on Tuesday.

            Eryn Schultz added 12 points for the Flying Dutchmen (3-1), who outshot the Green Terror (1-2) .415 to .283 in the game.
            Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) led McDaniel with 11 points and nine rebounds while Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) chipped in eight points.
            Trailing 42-41 with 5:47 to play, Caitlin Murphy  hit a layup and Lidlow converted off an Andrea Hoover rebound-and-outlet pass to put Lebanon Valley on top, 45-42.
            Lyles hit a pair of free throws to trim the deficit to one but a Murphy steal-and-layup pushed the lead back to three.
            Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) countered with a layup before two Hoover free throws made it a 49-46 game with 2:29 showing.
            Two Meg Biggart (Darien, Conn./Darien) free throws with 1:16 to play trimmed the deficit to one for the final time before Schultz hit a trey in the corner to push the lead to 52-48.
            Five free throws and a Lidlow layup to go with two Green Terror turnovers and a three missed shots in the final minute accounted for the final margin.
            Grace opened the game with a 3-pointer before Hoover and Schultz gave the Flying Dutchmen a 4-3 lead with 16:09 to play in the opening half.
            A Schultz 3-pointer as the shot clock expired made it a 7-3 game before Moreland hit a jumper and Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) converted from long distance to give McDaniel an 8-7 lead.
            Knotted at 16 with 4:52 to play, two free throws apiece from Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) and Grace gave the Green Terror its largest advantage at 20-16 before Lebanon Valley tallied seven of the half’s final 10 points to knot the game at 23.
            A Megan Bish layup with 12:27 to play gave the hosts their largest lead of the game at 36-29 before a Moreland three-point play sparked a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to knot the game at 36.
            The game featured eight ties and 11 lead changes and neither team led by more than seven before Lidlow’s layup in the game’s final five seconds.
            The Green Terror returns to action in the Centennial Conference opener at home against Swarthmore on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.