Despite staying close the entire game, the Patriots were never able to take the lead in Saturday’s game at Campbellsville who held on for a 77-73 Mid-South Conference victory.
The best chance for the Patriots to forge ahead came with the score tied 60-60 with 4:42 to play. But Janae Howard missed the front end of a bonus and the Tigers (21-8, 13-6) answered with a trey from Courtney Clifton seven seconds later.
The Patriots did cut the advantage to 75-73 when Machera Calhoun got a putback with 12 seconds to play. But Mary Jehlik canned two free throws with six seconds remaining to complete the scoring.
Only five Patriots entered the scoring column and three were in double figures. Calhoun led the way with 26 points. Reilly Poirier had 18 points and a game high 14 rebounds and Howard added 14 points, playing just 25 minutes due to foul trouble.
The Patriots (19-9, 11-8) shot 42 percent from the field (28-66) and had one more field goal than the Tigers who hit 41.5 percent (27-65). St. Catharine was only 20 percent (3-15) from long range while Campbellsville was 5-15 (33 percent) on 3-point attempts.