Lady Cougars Lose at Home for Only the Second Time This Season
HOLYOKE, MA - For the second time in as many games, the Lady Cougars found themselves trailing at halftime. Unlike Tuesday night, when they outscored Bristol Community 53-21 in the second half en route to the victory, HCC was unable to come back against Springfield College JV, resulting in their second home loss this season, 51-39.
The Pride of Springfield College JV scored first but by the 15:00 mark it was the Lady Cougars who led 7-6 following a drive to the basket by freshman forward Steph Picking (Wales). After 5 more minutes of play, Springfield College JV had re-gained the lead (14-9) when HCC was forced to use a time out. The Lady Cougars turned the ball over out of the time out which led to points for the Pride at the other end. Both teams showed some carelessness with the ball in the first half as there were plenty of turnovers. After a little over 5 minutes of scoreless basketball from Holyoke, freshman center Jenn Perry (West Springfield) made a basket in the paint, snapping the HCC scoreless streak. The Pride had plenty of chances to pull away early in this one but couldn't take advantage of Holyoke mistakes as the score remained close at halftime (21-15). HCC only converted 5 first half field goals to Springfield's 10.
Three minutes into the second half, Springfield had opened up a 10 point lead (27-17). Holyoke was able to put together a little 5 point run with a steal and a lay-up from Steph Picking followed by a 3-pointer from the corner from sophomore guard Aisha Hernandez (Springfield; shown above) on the next Cougar possesion. This run cut the Pride lead in half but by the 12:00 mark Springfield had increased their lead to 11 (33-22). Down 27-41 with 6:35 remaining, the Lady Cougars made a late push. Sophomore guard Alicia Carter (Easthampton) made a steal inside the press that led to a lay-up from sophomore guard Jess Santiago (Holyoke) (29-41). Trailing 32-43 with 4:12 left, Steph Picking converted an and-1 on a drive to the basket (35-43). Holyoke came up with a few stops in a row before Jess Santiago hit a jumper from the elbow with 2:38 remaining (37-43). This would be as close as the Lady Cougars would get as the Pride would close out the game, handing Holyoke Community the 51-39 loss.
Steph Picking led HCC with 10 points while Springfield College's Ashley Blumenthal led all scorers with 17.
The Lady Cougars' next game is January 3rd at Gateway Community College at 6 p.m.
Story and Photos by Matt Patenaude