Lady Cats Hold Off Concord in Overtime
11/13/10... (Box Score) Sheena Aden's (Sandy Lake, Pa.) free-throws late in overtime led the Lady Cat basketball team to a 68-66 victory over Concord (WV) University in the 2010-11 opener, Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center. Aden finished with 26 points, and Andrea Dalton (Washington, Pa.) scored 22 points to help Pitt-Johnstown improve to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the WVIAC.
Concord opened-up a 14-11 lead on an Amanda Smith three-pointer eight minutes into the game, but the Lady Cats scored the next four and went up 15-14 on two of Aden's 14 first half points.
The Mountain Lions outscore Pitt-Johnstown 9-0 over the next 3:43 to rebuilt its lead to 25-14 with 7:06 left.
However, The Lady Cats answered again and closed out the half on an 18-7 run of their own to take a 33-31 halftime lead. Aden's lay-up at 2:17 tied it at 28, before Kelly Goode (Cincinnati, OH) hit a three-pointer as time expired put Pitt-Johnstown up by two at the break.
Dalton's basket to open the second half extended the run to 20-7 and pushed the lead to four, until Joylsa Brown's lay-up at 18:04 capped a 6-0 Concord run and put the Mountain Lions back into the lead at 37-35.
Concord pushed its lead to 50-42 on a pair of Andrea Bertrand free-throws with 8:32 left. Once again, the Lady Cats clawed their way back to tie it at 53 on another basket by Dalton at the 4:39 and eventually took a 60-58 lead on Aden's free-throws with 1:11 on the clock. The Mountain Lions got two free-throws from Sidney Lindsey the next trip down the floor to force overtime.
In the overtime, Lady Cat freshman Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) connected on a three-pointer and a short jumper to make it 65-64 Pitt-Johnstown, but it was Aden's free-throws with :21 that gave Pitt-Johnstown the 68-66 victory.
Aden led all scorers with 26 points on 11-16 shooting and 4-4 from the free-throw line. Aden also pulled down five rebounds, while Dalton finished with 22 points, including 3-7 from behind the three-point line, and a game-high 10 rebounds. Kelly Goode added eight points and six rebounds. Sara Trimarco (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) dished out a game-high seven assists, and Johnson scored six points and grabbed five rebounds for the Lady Cats.
The Lady Cats shot 41.9% for the game, but connected on seven three-pointers and 9-14 from the free-throw line. Pitt-Johnstown, which held Concord to just 34.8% shooting from the field, also hed a 42-38 advantage in rebounding.
Camisha Alexander's 19 points paced three Concord Players who scored in double-figures. Brown chipped in 13 points and tied Dalton for game-high in rebounds with 10. Bertrand rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points and five rebounds.
Concord is now 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the WVIAC.
The Lady Cats will play five straight road games beginning with a WVIAC contest at Davis & Elkins (WV) College on Wednesday. Pitt-Johnstown will play its next home game on December 8 when Slippery Rock University visits the Sports Center for a non-conference game at 5:30 p.m.