Nelsonville, OH -- The Hocking College women’s basketball team (0-5) traveled to Buffalo, NY, looking for the first win of the year, but lost to the Erie CC Kats, 70-66, on Saturday afternoon (December 14).
The Kats came out flying, building an 11-point lead before Hocking netted its first basket on a free throw by Aleesha Tingler. Erie held a 16-9 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Hocking found its offense and made a run at the end of the first half, but Erie still took a 34-31 lead into the break.
The Hawks controlled the third quarter and took their first lead, 42-40, at 5:58 on a three-pointer by Jasmyne Anderson. The game was either tied or the Hawks led by two for much of the quarter. Erie would regain the lead with a Jaila Payne three-pointer at 2:14 left in the quarter. The Kats held a slim 51-50 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 60 with 4:29 left to go, before Erie went on a 7-0 run to make the score 67-60 with 1:28 to play. Erie held off the Lady Hawks for a 70-66 win.
The Kats were led by Caroline Zanghi with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Jameelah Gaines contributed 15 rebounds, nine assists and nine points.
As a team the Kats shot 29-of-91 (31.9%) and went 6-of-27(22.2%) from deep. Erie out-rebounded the Lady Hawks, 65 to 53, and handed out more assists, 24 to 20.
The Lady Hawks were led by freshman forward Jasmine Manuel, who scored a game-high 24 points on 11-of-18 with two triples. She recorded a team-high 13 rebounds, which ranks tied for second on the team’s all-time single-game list.
Freshman guard Peyton Campbell added 22 points on 7-of-23 shooting with four three-pointers. She also made 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. She recorded six rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Freshman guard Jada Lazaro added seven assists, which ranks third on the team’s all-time list.
As a team, Hocking shot 26-of-74 (35.1%) and went 7-of-32 from three point range. Hocking had 22 turnovers.
Hocking’s next games are on December 19th and 20th at the Anne Arundel Community College Holiday Tournament.
By Trevor Stephens
Hocking College Athletics