2.2.13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Can't Overcome Cold Start at Malone

Women's Basketball, 2013-02-02

(Canton, Ohio) - The first battle between Walsh and Malone as members of the GLIAC went to the Pioneers as the hosts raced out to an early lead and went on to win 70-60. The Cavaliers (6-12, 3-11) have now fallen victim in their last three contests. Malone (11-8, 7-8) led from start to finish in the victory.

The Pioneers came out firing on all cylinders and jumped to an 11-1 lead to start the game. It wasn’t until the 14:52 mark that Tracy Payne (Sr., 5-5, Danville, OH/HS/Notre Dame College) scored Walsh’s first field goal on a 3-pointer. A pair of free throws by Maggie Berry (Jr., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph Academy) made it a five-point game, but Malone answered with a 12-0 run and a 23-6 lead with 10:01 remaining in the first half. The 17-point lead was its largest of the game.

As is the case with most rivalry games though, Walsh refused to quit and kept chipping away at the lead. Down 42-30 at halftime, the Cavs made a run of their own to start the second stanza and cut the deficit down to six at 43-37 following a pair of Lydia Corle (Fr., 5-9, North Canton, OH/Green) free throws. However, Malone once again pushed its lead to double digits shortly thereafter.

With just under seven minutes left and down 61-51, the Cavs made their last push as they scored the next six points capped off by another pair of Corle foul shots to get with four. The two teams exchanged lay-ups to make it 63-59 before the Pioneers closed out the game by scoring seven of the last eight points in the game.

Turnovers plagued the Cavs as they had 28 total in the game, which translated into 29 points on the opposite end. 

Berry led the Cavs’ charge with a double-double on the afternoon. She scored 14 points after she shot 4-of-8 from the field, which included a pair of 3-pointers, and pulled down 10 rebounds. Corle finished with 13 points, six steals and five rebounds. Whitney Dabbelt (So., 6-1, West Carrollton, OH/Archbishop Alter) was a pair of rebounds shy of a double-double after she scored 11 points.

Malone’s Deborah Simmers led all scorers with 17 points.

These two squads will meet again in exactly a month as the Cavs host the Pioneers in the 17th annual Mayor’s Cup. Walsh’s continues will next be in action this Thursday at top-ranked Ashland. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 95.9 WNPQ.