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Ice Cold Second Half Costs TC3 Women
 December 14, 2013

Panthers Shoot Just 17% from the Field as Lead Evaporates

DRYDEN, N.Y. – An eight-point halftime lead wasn’t enough for the Tompkins Cortland Community College women's basketball team Saturday as the Panthers fell victim to a rally by Hudson Valley Community College, losing by a final of 55-51. TC3 drops to 2-6 overall and 2-4 in Region III. Hudson Valley improves to 4-5 overall and 4-4 in Region III.

The game started well for the home team. After Hudson Valley scored the first basket, TC3 rattled off 12 straight, including five by Ruthanne Forehand (Groton H.S./Groton) and four by Chelsy Kern (Candor H.S./Candor). TC3 had another run later, this one 14-3, to push the lead to 28-11 with five minutes left in the opening half. The visiting Vikings cut into the lead the rest of the way, helped in part by going 7-for-8 from the free throw line, ending the half with the home team ahead 33-25.

The second half was tough to watch for fans of the TC3 offense. The Panthers made just 17% from the floor in the second half, going a combined 6-for-34. Despite the cold shooting, TC3 still enjoyed a lead until the Vikings tied the score at 41-41 with 6:40 left in the game. A three-pointer by Jenna Bowman (Waverly H.S./Waverly) gave the lead back to the home team, but Hudson Valley continued to rally, taking the lead with a pair of free throws at 50-49 with 2:35 on the clock. Several missed chances over the next two minutes left the Panthers down 52-49 before Nicole Goodwin (Newfield H.S./Newfield) sank a pair of free throw to pull the score within one at 52-51 with 42 seconds left. Hudson Valley pushed the lead back to two with another free throw, but TC3 wasn’t able to capitalize on the next possession, turning the ball back over to the Vikings. Hudson Valley sank two more free throws with 6.7 seconds left to seal the win.

TC3 was done in by a combination of poor second-half shooting and a huge discrepancy at the free throw line. After a solid first half, the Panthers finished the game making just 28% from the field. At the line, TC3 took 16 shots for the game, making 10. By comparison, Hudson Valley took 36 free throws, making 25. In the second half alone, Hudson Valley took 22 free throws, compared to just six for the home team.

Bowman ended the game as the lone Panther in double figures scoring, netting 12 points to go with four rebounds, four steals, and two assists. After scoring five points in the opening three minutes, Forehand finished with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Jaquela Lockwood (Fowler H.S./Syracuse) had seven points, nine rebounds, and two steals. Audrey Kate Ordway (Dryden H.S./Dryden) had a team-high 12 rebounds. Kern finished the game with seven points.

TC3 is off for the winter break. The Panthers return to action January 7 at Finger Lakes Community College.

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