Heartbreak At The Buzzer

Sally Sroge has a team high 14 points
Sally Sroge has a team high 14 points

Roanoke, VA - The Hollins basketball team hosted Shenandoah University as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular season reached it's final week of play. The Hornets used a late run to win, 51-43, back on January 7th and Hollins looked to return the favor on Wednesday night. Shenandoah would use a cold start by their hosts to race out to a 13-1 advantage. Hollins would come all the way back and after a three pointer took a one point lead in the final six seconds of play. After the home team missed a pair of free throws the crowd would see a Hornet three pointer go through the net with 1.6 ticks left on the clock.

Shenandoah would race out to a double-digit lead as Hollins would miss on her first eight shots and commit six turnovers before the scoring their first field goal of the game. Despite the terribly slow start, Hollins would only trail by nine, 15-6, at the end of the first quarter. The second frame would see the home team fight to get back into the game and after a LaChrisha Hill free throw, the deficit was cut to just two, 15-13. The two ODAC rivals would trade baskets for the remainder of the half with the Hornets taking a four point advantage, 28-24 into the half.

Hollins would see her first lead of the night when Sally Sroge hit a three pointer early in the third period. The lead was short lived as Shenandoah would quickly answer a rebuild their advantage to six. Jewellanna Parfitt and Sroge would score to make it 43-41 with just 10 minutes left to play. Hollins would play catchup for the rest of the game but with under 1:30 left to play, Porsha Waddey would give Hollins a one point lead. Both teams would get stops and the Hornets were forced to foul with just under five seconds left to play. A pair of missed free throws and a timeout would allow the visitors to advance the ball to half court. On the in bounds play, Kirstyn Arcata would run off a double screen on the baseline and pop open in the left corner where the game's leading scorer would nail a three pointer with just over a second on the clock. A full court shot missed it's mark as the Hornets would break the hearts of the Hollins faithful with a 54-52 win. 

Sroge finished with a team high 14. Parfitt was held in check most of the night but managed to post nine points, nine rebounds, four assists, and five steals. Hollins would dominate the boards thanks to Hill and Emily Jo Huffard. Hill had eight points and 12 rebounds while Huffard would post season and career highs with eight points and seven rebounds.

Arcata recorded a game high 22 points and five rebounds while holding Parfitt to just one field goal for the game. Olivia Callan added eight points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.

The regular season will come to an end on Saturday afternoon when Randolph-Macon comes calling for a 2:00pm tip. Hollins will take a moment before the game to honor her two seniors, Parfitt and Waddey.