HUNTINGDON, Pa.- The Juniata women's basketball team was overwhelmed in the second half by Catholic as the Cardinals won, 73-46, Wednesday evening inside Memorial Gymnasium.
Larissa Leonard (Three Springs, Pa. / Southern Huntingdon) took the ball strong to the hoop and scored to open the scoring for Juniata. Catholic quickly countered with a layup. On the next offensive possession, Cassie Mock (Martinsburg, Pa. / Central Martinsburg) threw the ball to Madison Colyer (Newville, Pa. / Big Spring), Mock relocated to the right-wing while her defender wasn't looking, Colyer threw the ball to her, and she drilled the three. Grace Long (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin) swished a three off a Leonard three to make it 8-2. The Cardinals scored the next two points prior to Colyer, who had the ball on the left side of the hoop on the baseline, found Cassidy Arnold (York, Pa. / Eastern York HS) cutting to the hoop and she laid it off the glass. The Eagles led 10-9 after one.
The Cardinals opened the second with a three, but the Eagles countered with an Arnold putback while being fouled to tie things at 12. Her free throw gave JC the lead back. A Cardinal layup was quickly followed by a jumper from Long as JC stayed within one. Following a turnover from Catholic, a wild JC possession ended with Colyer saving the ball under the hoop to Arnold, who sliced to the hoop and laid it in to the Eagles the lead back.
The visitors surged ahead, scoring the next six points over the next few minutes before a long layup made it 22-19 with just under two minutes to go in the half. The Eagles forced a miss, Arnold snagged the rebound and raced up the floor. She slid a bounce pass to Leonard, and she tosses it high in the air before it swished through to bring JC within one. The teams trade layups with Averie Hess (Jersey Shore, Pa. / Jersey Shore)scoring for Juniata. Long's free throw with 20 seconds was the final points of the half as Juniata entered the locker room tied at 24-24.
The Cardinals dominated the third as they blitzed the Eagles 25-7 in the third and outscored them 49-22 in the second half.
The Eagles will return to action this Saturday at home against Moravian at 4:00.