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Eagles Overcome Slow Start To Defeat Waynesburg

Erika Nettles looks to pass the ball for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater seniors Briana Moore and Rebecca Harvey combined for 38 points and the Eagles overcame a slow start and tough shooting night to defeat Waynesburg, 70-65, in non-district action Monday evening.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an 11-2 lead as the Eagles made just one shot in the first five minutes.

Waynesburg took its biggest lead of the night when Julie Deklaven knocked down a 3-pointer for a 19-7 lead with 1:48 left in the quarter. The Eagles responded with six straight points to end the quarter.  Diamond Huskey capped the Eagles' run with a 12-footer at the buzzer, trimming the Yellow Jackets lead to 19-13.

Bridgewater continued its run to start the second quarter with seven straight points to take its first lead. Moore and Harvey went to the foul line and each hit two throws before Allie Coburn converted a three-point play to give the Eagles a 20-19 lead.

A 3-pointer by Harvey gave the Eagles a 29-23 lead, but Waynesburg scored eight straight point to go up 31-29. Bridgewater guard Madison Baum hit a jumper with 20 seconds left in the quarter to pull the Eagles even at 31-31 heading to the halftime break.

The teams traded points for much of the third quarter before five straight points by Harvey gave the Eagles a 44-39 lead.

A 3-pointer by Moore put the Eagles up seven, but Haley Porter answered with a 3-pointer to pull the Yellow Jackets back to within four, 48-44. After Moore knocked down another 3-ball,  Andrea Orlosky hit two foul shots to pull the Jackets to within five, 51-46, at the end of three quarters.

The Eagles led the entire fourth quarter, but were unable to shake free from the Yellow Jackets.

Waynesburg had a chance to pull even at the 5:42 mark when Brooke Fuller went to the line for two foul  shots, Fuller made just one, however, pulling the Jackets to within one point, 58-57.

Bridgewater then ran off eight straight points to lead by nine with 3:22 remaining. Harvey and Erika Nettles combined to make four straight free throws and a baseline jumper by Sydni Carey pushed the lead to seven. Nettles capped the run with a short jumper, giving Bridgewater its biggest lead, 66-57.

Waynesburg wasn't finished as the visitors scored the next  eight points to pull to within a single point. Deklaven's 3-ball cut the Eagles' lead to 66-65 with 1:21 left.

Harvey missed a 3-pointer on Bridgewater's next offensive trip but Moore pulled down a key offensive rebound to extend the possession. The Jackets fouled Baum and the Eagles' guard made 1-of-2 free throws for a 67-65 lead with 36 seconds left.

After calling a timeout to advance the ball past midcourt, the Yellow Jackets turned the ball over. Moore hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to finish off the 70-65 victory.

Moore led the Eagles with 20 points and Harvey added 18. Nettles gave Bridgewater a big lift off the bench with 11 points.

The Eagles held a 55-50 edge on the boards with Baum pulling down 10 rebounds while Harvey added nine. Moore, Carey and Claire Mocarski each added six rebounds.

Bridgewater shot 32.9 percent from the field, making just 23-of-70 shots. The Eagles made just 5-of-22 attempts from 3-point range. Waynesburg also struggled from the floor, making 23-of-73 shots for 31.5 percent.

The Eagles won the game at the foul line where they made 19-of-22 free throws while the Yellow Jackets connected on 13-of-20 from the line.

Bridgewater, now 12-8 on the season, returns to conference action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles host Roanoke College.