Block, Malloy spark victory against Alma

Sophomore guards Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) and Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) each tallied career scoring highs to lead Hanover College’s women’s basketball team to a 79-71 victory against Alma College (Mich.) in the consolation game of the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament in Greencastle, Ind.

Coming off the bench, Block scored 16 points and Malloy added 15 to lead four Hanover players in double figures. Junior forward Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) also netted 15 points and freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) had 10 for the Panthers, now 4-6 this season.

Erica Hansen notched 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace Alma, which slipped to 0-12 with the setback.

Trailing 24-12 with six minutes left in the opening half, Hanover mounted to an 18-6 run to knot the game at 30-30 with 1:44 left in the period. Malloy and Bischoff, who each netted eight points in the first frame, had five apiece to fuel the burst.

The Panthers led 42-41 at the 16:28 mark of the second half before Block sparked a 9-0 burst with five points to drive the margin to 51-41 with 13 minutes to play.

Hansen scored six points to help the Scots climb within 58-51 with 9:43 left, but Davidson canned a three-pointer and added two free throws to key a 9-1 run to push Hanover’s advantage to 15 points (67-52) with 8:40 on the clock.

The Panthers led by 17 points (75-58) with 6:21 remaining before Alma used four points each from Hansen and Pruett to eventually shave the margin to 78-71 with just 48 seconds left.

The Scots, however, missed five field goal attempts down the stretch, while Hanover added a free throw from junior guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) for the final margin.

The Panthers finished 24-of-63 from the floor (38.1%) and 26-of-32 from the charity stripe (81.3%).

Alma made 28-of-71 field goals (39.4%), but just 1-of-16 from beyond the arc (6.3%), and hit 14-of-21 free throw attempts (66.7%).

Bischoff, who was named to the all-tournament team, collected six rebounds to lead Hanover’s effort on the glass. Davidson and freshman center Jenna Meyer (Greensburg, Ind.) each had five boards.

Hanover vs. Alma (Mich.) statistics

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