By James Vallone
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – A late second half rally brings the host Montevallo Falcons back from a 13-point deficit to take the game on their home court, 69-61.
The first half was played to a 24-24 score, with the Lady Hawks overcoming the 19-10 score to rally and tie the game heading to the break. The scoring was aided by Karisma Boykin scoring 11 of her 17 points in the half, including a stretch that saw her score six straight points over a two-minute stretch late to pull the Lady Hawks within two points. A pair of free throws inside of the final minute would tie the score.
At the start of the second half, Kristin Nash would hit an open 3-pointer less than a minute into the half. Over the next five minutes, Lynette Harris would connect on several close range hoops to help establish the largest lead of the night. Nash would secure the 13-point lead, 47-34; with 11:36 remaining as she connects on a pair of free throws after a technical foul was issued against the bench of Montevallo for a substitution violation.
Montevallo would heat up over the final eight minutes, closing the game on a 27-8 run. The run was fueled by Shay Bonner scoring nine of her game-high 27, including going 7-for-8 during the stretch and 10-for-11 from the foul line. Taylor Beverly would score six of her 17 points during the run to help finish off the Lady Hawks.
Boykin would lead the Lady Hawks with four 3-pointers made and four assists to go along with her 17 points, while playing the entire game.
Shelby Farrer recorded the second consecutive game with 11 rebounds, a game-high, while also corralling eight on the defensive glass, to go along with eight points.
The Lady Hawks would be led in scoring by Harris, who scored a team-high 18 points, leading the team in scoring in two of the last three games. Harris also provided five rebounds while adding a block and a steal.
Nash would go on to score nine points, while adding three rebounds and three assists.
Both teams would convert 43 percent of the shot attempts, with Shorter claiming the 6-3 advantage from behind the arc. Montevallo would go 18-for-25 from the free throw line, including converting 16 of 19 in the second half.
Shorter will look to break the two game losing streak as they face Clark Atlanta for the second time this season on Saturday. Shorter defeated Clark Atlanta on the court of the Winthrop-King Centre on November 26, 64-61. The second game of the season between the teams will take place at Clark Atlanta at 3 pm. Clark Atlanta has split their games since last playing against Shorter; with a loss to St. Augustine, 68-62, and a victory over Concordia College, 60-50.