For the second straight game the Lady Hornets had to overcome a double digit deficit in the first half before pulling out a victory as they defeated Pittsburg State 65-58 in Pittsburg, Kan. on Thursday night. With the win Emporia State secured home court in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Basketball Tournament presented by Citizen’s Bank & Trust.
The Lady Hornets led 5-3 on a Daley Handy putback with 7:40 left in the half. The Gorillas then went on a 10-0 run and took a 13-5 lead with 5:14 left. Emily Weathers hit a three pointer for Emporia State to make it 179 with 2:43 left but Pitt State scored the final five points of the quarter to lead 22-9 after one.
Emporia State fell behind 29-15 on a Sydnee Crain three-pointer with 5:16 left. Pittsburg State would not hit another field goal for over four and a half minutes as the Lady Hornets went on a 13-0 run to pull within 29-28 on a free throw by Ehlaina Hartman with 54.4 seconds left. Tristan Gegg broke the run with a jumper with 39 seconds left, but Handy hit a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to send the teams to the locker rooms tied at 31-31.
Pitt State got out to a 39-33 lead with 7:16 left in the third but Emporia State responded with an 8-0 run and took a 41-39 lead on a three-pointer from Fredricka Sheats with 4:23 remaining in the quarter. The teams would go back and forth the rest of the frame as the Gorillas led 44-43 going to the fourth.
With the score tied at 48 Tre’Zure Jobe and Karsen Schultz combined to hit four straight free throws as Emporia State took a two possession lead with 4:49 left. Back to back three-pointers by Kaylee DaMitz and Gegg put the Gorillas back in front 54-52 with 3:18 left. Sheats answered with another three-pointer with 2:59 left to give the Lady Hornets the lead for good. Emporia State led 60-58 following a Julia Johnson layup with 47.6 seconds left. Emporia State worked the clock and Handy buried a three-pointer with 24.6 seconds left to put the Lady Hornets up 63-58. Sheats put the finishing touches on the win with a pair of free throws 5.9 seconds left for the final score of 65-58.
The Lady Hornets will wrap up the regular season on Saturday at Washburn. Tip-off for the Topeka Edition of the Turnpike Tussle is set for1:00 pm