|Alicia Carter scrored a season-high 28 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in Saturday's loss to Massasoit Community College.|
Warriors Come Back to Win 83-74
HOLYOKE, MA - After a 55 point first half, the Cougars were outscored 35-19 in the second half resulting in a 83-74 loss to the Warriors of Massasoit Community College Saturday afternoon at People's Bank Gymnasium.
The offense was clicking for both teams early, as the Cougars held a 15-9 lead with five minutes gone by and then a 26-21 advantage midway through the first half. HCC consistently enjoyed a cushion of about five points until Massasoit grabbed their first lead of the afternoon at the 5:23 mark (35-34). Holyoke came back to tie the game at 40-40 before closing out the half on a 15-8 run. The Cougar run was highlighted by 4 points, a steal and an assist from sophomore guard Amanda Grant (Westfield) and two fast break layups by sophomore guard Alicia Carter (Easthampton) including an and-1 on which Carter converted the free throw, completing the 3 point play. HCC entered the locker room with a 55-48 lead.
Ten minutes into the second half of play, the Cougars had maintained their seven point halftime advantage (65-58). The Warriors started to gain some momentum, cutting the Holyoke lead to five, forcing the Cougars to call timeout. Massasoit applied full court pressure out of the timeout, which was broken by the Cougars, who were then able to get into their offensive set. Sophomore guard Jess Santiago (Holyoke) found freshman forward Steph Picking (Wales) in the lane for 2 of her 13 points with 8:30 remaining in the game. By the 3:50 mark, the scoreboard was showing a 73-73 tie before a 3-pointer gave the Warriors a lead for the first time in the second half. Unlike earlier in the game, Massasoit was able to maintain their lead through aggresive defense and would win the contest by a final score of 83-74, handing the Cougars their second home loss this week.
Alicia Carter led the way for Holyoke with 28 points. Picking, Santiago and Grant all scored in double figures with 13, 12 and 10 respectively. Freshman center Anastasia Walker (West Springfield) pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with 8 points.
Freshman forward Sydnee Jackson led all scorers with 36 points for the Warriors.
The Cougars look to bounce back Tuesday night when they host Williams College JV at 6 p.m. in the final game of a three game home stand at People's Bank Gymnasium.
story and photos by Matt Patenaude