Game Recap: Spartans Top Mustangs With Big 2nd Half

Game Recap: Spartans Top Mustangs With Big 2nd Half

BLUE BELL, Pa. - The women's basketball team trailed Northampton by just nine points at halftime. But injuries and foul trouble led to a second-half meltdown in a 90-39 home loss to the Spartans in a Region XIX contest Tuesday evening.

Freshman guard Tayler Nicholson finished with a game-high 22 points, while freshman forward Colby Shackelford's aggressive play paid off with 7 rebounds for the Mustangs.

Montgomery trailed 34-25 at halftime of what was a very physical contest. The second half saw the Mustangs lose sophomore guard India Williams to a leg injury. To make matters worse, freshman guard Emily Smith fouled out. That left the Mustangs to play much of the second half with just four players.

Northampton outscored Montgomery 56 to 14 in the second half to pull away for the win. The loss dropped Montgomery to 6-10 overall, 4-9 in Region XIX and 4-5 in conference play.

"The team still fought hard until the buzzer," said interim head coach Francine Roseman. "I was proud of their effort."

The Spartans shot over 48 percent (38 of 78) from the field and collected 45 rebounds. Conversely, the Mustangs shot just over 27 percent (14 of 51) from the field. That included 4-of-7 from three-point range. Montgomery committed 20 turnovers compared to Northampton's 10.

Williams finished the game with 5 points, while Shackelford added 4 points. Bryanna Lacey finished with 8 points.

Montgomery is back on the road Saturday afternoon with a 1 pm game at Luzerne County Community College.