Lady Trojans Drop Season Opener
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
by Jordan Argo
HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Lady Trojan basketball squad dropped its season opener against Culver-Stockton Tuesday night in what turned out to be a thriller. The 54-52 loss was the second straight to Culver-Stockton as last season the Lady Wildcats took it 67-64.
Trenee Thornton led the Hannibal-LaGrange with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists as she made her debut as a Lady Trojan. Randi Gronewold was the next leading scorer for the ladies with 13 points on the night.
The Lady Trojans got off to a quick start against Culver-Stockton and found itself with a double-digit lead within the first six minutes. The ladies would hit its highest lead of the night at the 13:02 mark after Candice Lovings nailed a three point shot to put Hannibal-LaGrange up 19-5.
Culver-Stockton slowly started cutting into the Lady Trojan lead and finally pulled it within single digits at the nine minute mark. The Lady Trojans would jump back out to a 10 point lead after a Thornton jumper, but that would prove to be the last double-digit lead for the ladies as they went into the half up 31-23.
Hannibal-LaGrange started the second half sluggish and allowed Culver-Stockton to go on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 33. The Lady Wildcats continued to fight back to deadlocks with Hannibal-LaGrange, but the Lady Trojans seemed to have the answer and take the lead after every tie. It wasn’t until Emily Lay’s made free throw with eight seconds remaining that the Lady Wildcats found itself in the lead.
The Lady Trojans couldn’t overcome its first deficit of the night as it turned the ball over in the final second to give Culver-Stockton the 54-52 win.
Hannibal-LaGrange will now travel to Oskaloosa, Iowa on October 28 to face William Penn University. Tipoff is scheduled at 8:00 p.m. The Lady Trojans and Lady Wildcats will hook up again on November 16 in Canton, Mo. at 7:00 p.m.
Hannibal-LaGrange University is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) institution and a member of the American Midwest Conference.
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