After losing to Campbellsville by 56 points two weeks ago, Lena Bramblett had a game plan for her St. Catharine Patriots that she hoped would provide a different outcome. And for much of the game, a Mid-South Conference quarterfinal clash played Thursday in Frankfort, they had the Tigers troubled.
But Campbellsville, top seeded in the tournament and fourth in the nation with a record of 25-3, pulled away in the final six minutes to claim a 105-78 win. The Tigers will advance to the semifinal on Saturday to take on Rio Grande who downed Cumberlands 74-61 in Thursday’s first game. St. Catharine ends the season with a 12-19 record.
At the outset it appeared that the Tigers might duplicate their 120-64 victory they enjoyed the last time the two teams met. But after falling behind 21-5 in the opening minutes, the Patriots stormed back behind torrid 3-point shooting to cut the lead to 34-33 before settling for a 47-42 deficit at halftime.
Senior forward Reena Haliburton led the first half comeback with 14 points including 4-7 from three point range. The Patriots made 8-16 behind the arc in the first half but trailed mostly due to a 13-2 difference at the foul line.
The second half again looked like the Tigers might pull off another huge win as they took a 75-54 lead with 12 minutes to play. But the Patriots again answered and trailed by just 12 (85-73) with 5:54 left. But the Tigers ended the game with a 20-5 run as the Patriots couldn’t keep dialing their long distance connection.
After the 50 percent 3-point shooting in the first half, St. Catharine ended the game at 11-36 for the game for 31 percent. Overall the Patriots shot 34 percent from the field and 68 percent (13-19) from the foul line. Campbellsville was 38-72 from the field (53 percent) and 47 percent (9-19) from behind the arc. The Tigers made 20 of 29 free throws for 69 percent.
Haliburton led four Patriots in double figures with 18 points. Courtney Milam had 16 points. Sa’de Mullins had 10 points and Rianne Hofstraat also had 10 points to go along with a team high 11 rebounds.
The Tigers outrebounded the Patriots 53-41. They were led by conference player of the year Whitney Ballinger who had 29 points and 12 rebounds.