Story by sports information student assistant Victoria Kabungulu
RICHMOND, Indiana - Franklin College ended the first quarter on an 18-0 run and held the lead in a 61-48 victory over the Earlham College women's basketball team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday.
The second quarter started off with Taylor scoring in a layup, but freshman Shannon Pittman quickly responded by scoring a layup at 9:25 as well. With eight minutes on the clock, freshman Kyndall Spears came through with a three-point jump shot and freshman Amy Weisner followed that with a layup pulling Earlham within eight points (20-12).
Franklin scored the next five points to grow its lead to double digits. With three minutes to go, Mallory Cast made a jump shot putting the Grizzlies up by a dozen, but seniors Shania Feathers and Hannah Franklin both managed jump shots with two minutes on the clock putting Earlham within eight points. Grizzly Melissa Beer ended the first half with a free throw putting Franklin up 33-24 at the break.
The Quakers trailed by as many as 14 points in the third quarter (44-30), but ended the quarter on a 7-0 run capped by a layup from Shannon Pittman.
A jumper from Franklin to open the fourth quarter, the jumper that gave Franklin 1,000 career points, pulled the Quakers within five at 44-39. Both teams scored five points over the next several minutes, but the Grizzlies put together a 7-2 run to regain a double-digit lead and close out the game.
Mandy Fisher gave the Grizzlies 21 points while Hannah Franklin gave the Quakers 12. While the Grizzlies got more rebounds at 46-32, Earlham managed to 12 assists within this game.
The Quakers continues HCAC play against Defiance College on Wednesday. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.