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Sophomores close out the regular season with strong showing

Sophomores close out the regular season with strong showing

Tonight, HawkNation honored their four sophomores prior to the start of the contest. Jenna Kol, Samantha Roney, Cyerra Dillard, and Brittany Lee all were recognized before tip-off for their contributions to the women's basketball program over the last two years. 

Feeding off the energy from the crowd, the Sophomore got the night off to a rousing start with a 14-2 offensive/defensive clinic over the first five minutes of the contest. After dusting themselves off, the visiting skyline trojans, put together their own 13-3 run over the final five minutes of the half. The Hawks close out the first frame with a 17-15 lead over the visitors. 

AFter trading buckets to start the quarter, skyline tied the game at 21 on a three point play, and managed to squeeze out a bit of breathing room with a 23-27 lead with three minutes remaining in the half. Over the next three minutes, the visiting team would use a 4-8 run to go into the half up, 27-35. Jenna Kol and Cyerra Dillard led the hawks with eight points a piece. 

Coming out of the half, HawkNation got back to their old ways as they put together a 11-4 run to pull within one, 38-39, and force skyline into a timeout with 6:14 remaining in the third period. Over the next four minutes, with each team looking for the upper-hand, HawkNation took a 52-49 lead on two made free throws by Ashley Hart. Entering the final quarter, the Hawks were up 52-51. 

Over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, the teams combined for twenty-nine points in the continued see-saw battle. A deep three-pointer to put the visitors up 66-69 forced the Hawks into a timeout. After forcing a turnover on the ensuing defensive possession, HawkNation methodically ran through their options on offense. Their patience paid off with a three from the corner by Jenna Kol to knot the contest at 69 with just over two minutes remaining. The teams exchanged buckets from behind the arc and with 1:03 remaining in the contest, the score was tied at 72. After trading buckets, the contested ended in regulation with the teams tied, 74-74. 

The extra period was a defensive slug-fest as it took two minutes for a field goal to be registered. Unfortunately, it was by the visitors. THey extended their lead to 78-74 with just under two minutes remaining in the extra frame. Jenna Kol made her way to the hoop and drew a shooting foul that resulted in two made free throws, drawing the Hawks to within two, 76-78. A bucket after a long possession by the visitors re-established their four point lead with :45 remaining.

Ashley Hart made a strong drive to the hoop that resulted in a bucket. Unfortunately, she drew a charging call and the bucket was waived off. The remainder of the contest, HawkNation was forced into fouling skyline in order to lengthen the game and increase their odds of pulling out the win. A quick bucket in transition, coupled with a bucket off a steal generated by the Hawk press brought the home team to within two, 80-82 with just thirteen seconds reamining in the contest. A late free throw to put skyline up 80-83 would be the final points of the contest. 

Jenna Kol led the team 21 points on five 3s. Sammi Roney chipped in 17, going 7-8 from the charity stripe. Ashley Hart put in 16, all after halftime, and Cyerra Dillard contributed 10. 

With the regular season over, the Hawks wait to hear their playoff fate.