Hanover trims Grizzlies to snag second

Hanover College’s women’s basketball team twice rallied from a double-digit deficit to notch a 67-64 victory against Franklin College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference battle in Collier Arena.

Freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half to lead Hanover’s charge. Sophomore guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) hit four three-pointers and netted 14 off the bench to help the Panthers post the squad’s seventh consecutive win.

Franklin scored the first eight points of the contest before Hanover bounced back to gain a 13-12 lead with eight minutes left in the first period. The Grizzlies, however, used a 14-3 run to build a 26-16 advantage with 40 seconds to go in the half.

Franklin led 28-17 early in the second frame before Davidson nailed a three-pointer to jump-start a 13-2 burst to knot the game at 30-30 with 15 minutes left in the contest.

The squads were tied five times down the stretch with the last coming at 55-55 with 4:24 to go.

Davidson connected on 5-of-5 free throws to nudge the Panthers ahead 59-55 with 3:56 left.

Junior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) hit a pair of free throws, sophomore forward Stephanie Pahren (Metamora, Ind.) added one from the stripe and junior guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) swished a floater in the lane to give the Panthers a 64-59 lead with just 50 seconds on the clock.

Franklin (11-9; 9-4 HCAC) remained within two possessions in the final minute.

Block made two from the charity stripe with 24 seconds left for a 66-61 lead before the Grizzlies’ Lexi Ingram landed a three-pointer to trim the margin to 66-64 with just 12 seconds remaining.

Davidson added a free throw with 10 seconds to go for the final margin.

Franklin’s attempt from inside the arc in the closing seconds was off the mark.

Hanover, which claimed sole possession of second place in the league standings with the victory, raises its record to 12-8 overall and 10-3 in the HCAC.

The Panthers finished the outing 20-of-68 from the field (29.4%) and 6-of-24 from long range (25%). The squad made just five of its first 10 free throws, but finished 21-of-30 from the line (70%), including 16-of-18 in the final eight minutes.

The Grizzlies outrebounded Hanover by a 46-42 margin. Pahren led the Panthers with 10 boards.

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