Spirits Edge Hollins In Tournament Opener

Spirits Edge Hollins In Tournament Opener

Salem, VA - The Hollins basketball team took her 1-0 record into the opening round of the 2016 Roanoke College Tip-Off Tournament where they had a date with Salem College. Hollins fell to the Spirits in overtime last season and looked to turn the tables. Hollins rallied from a halftime deficit to take a lead but after Salem retook the lead, a last second three pointer missed it's mark and Hollins fell, 66-63.

The afternoon started with the two teams trading the lead throughout the first 10 minutes of play. After a Porsha Waddey shot gave Hollins a four point cushion, 8-4, Salem netted 11 of the final 17 points to take a one point lead into the second frame. Waddey nailed a three ball to re-take the lead for Hollins in the quarter's opening seconds. From that moment on, the Spirits began to seize control of the matchup and at the half took a 34-28 lead into the locker room.

The second 20 minutes started with Waddey once again hitting a three pointer to cut the deficit in half. The shot helped to spark a 10-0 Hollins run to begin the third quarter. However, Hollins was unable to keep the lead as the duo of Sabrina Shepherd and MiKayla Seivers scored nine of the Spirits 11 points to force a tie, 45-45, with 2:58 remaining. Hollins was able to win the period but still trailed by five, 46-51. Hollins once again used an offensive run to pull ahead but in the final minutes it was Salem with a one point advantage. Having committed only one team foul, Hollins had to foul four times to get the Spirits to the free throw line. Shepherd hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to three, 66-63, with just four ticks left on the clock. Hollins pushed the ball down the court but a last second three pointer was off the mark and Hollins fell to 1-1.

Waddey finished the game with 14 points, including 4-7 from long range. Jewellanna Parfitt led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sally Sroge added 14 points and seven boards while Nicolette Valencia registered 10 points, five assists, and a game high three steals. Deana Campbell finished with six points and nine rebounds, including eight of Hollins 20 offensive boards.

Shepherd recorded 23 points and seven rebounds with Seivers adding 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists.

Hollins will look to get back on track tomorrow morning in the second, and final, day of the tournament. Hollins tips off with Goucher College at 11:00am in Salem.