Green Terror uses big run early, downs Franklin & Marshall 72-66
LANCASTER, Pa. - Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) led all scorers with a season-high 18 points to pace McDaniel in a 72-66 victory at Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.
Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) added 16 points and six steals for the Green Terror (10-4, 9-2 CC), who used a 27-6 run in the first half to build a 19-point advantage en route to its 10th straight victory.
Amy Chabitnoy led the Diplomats (8-7, 4-6 CC) with 15 points.
Trailing 4-2, a Moreland fastbreak layup with 15:22 to play in the opening half knotted the game and sparked the big run.
Even at 6-all just 1:23 later, Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) converted a three-point that gave McDaniel the lead for good.
Six more fastbreak points helped extend the lead to its largest point with 6:02 remaining in the first half.
Four straight points from Chabitnoy sparked a 20-7 burst to the locker room to make it a 36-30 contest at intermission.
With 4:09 elapsed in the second half, Alexa Barbush converted a three-point play of her own to close the deficit to 42-39 before six quick points stretched the Green Terror lead back to nine with 13:47 showing.
Beth Holt hit a layup with 7:04 on the clock that trimmed the margin to 52-51 - the first of three times Franklin & Marshall made it a one-point game.
Two Moreland attempts from the charity stripe with 58.9 seconds on the clock swelled the lead back to 10 and the squad hit five of their final 10 attempts from the line to hold on for the six-point win.
Katelyn Fischer (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) added 10 points and six assists for McDaniel. Lyles matched her career high with seven blocked shots.
The Green Terror returns to action at No. 21 Gettysburg on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.