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Eagles return to winning ways with 77-65 win over Georgetown

After a rough stretch against a pair of ranked opponents last week, the Midway University women’s basketball team returned to their winning ways on Tuesday, Nov. 21, when the Lady Eagles defeated Georgetown College in Marshall Gymnasium.

The game was a back and forth affair that saw Midway hold a consistent lead throughout the game. Georgetown held their only lead of the game early in the second period and from that point on it was all Midway as the Lady Eagles held on for the 77-65 victory.

“It was a really good team win,” said Coach, John Kenger. “These games before the break are a little tricky because you never know what you’re going to get, but I was impressed with the way our team battled to come away with a great team win.”

Midway has been plagued by slow starts early this season, but flipped the script and got off to a great start against the Tigers. Back-to-back triples from Allyson Callahan and Haleigh Yazell gave Midway a 15-5 lead that forced the Lady Tigers to call a timeout.

Georgetown responded with an 8-0 run out of the timeout, but it was Midway who took a 22-19 lead after the opening frame. The Tigers would build on the momentum with an 8-0 run in the second period to take a 27-23 lead just two minutes into the quarter.

Midway battled back and after trading baskets with the visitors, Yazell nailed a deep trey to give her team a 37-33 lead. Georgetown answered with a 5-0 spurt that saw them take a 38-37 edge, but Timitryi Patterson hit a layup as Midway took a 39-38 lead at the half.

The Eagles led by as many as eight in the third stanza as they would take a 53-49 lead into the final 10 minutes. The opening minutes of the fourth were a seesaw battle, but Midway would continue hold a comfortable advantage until the four minute when the Tigers cut it to four.

After the visitors cut Midway’s lead to four, 66-62, the trio of Courtney Pfister, Yazell and Patterson went a combined 9-of-10 at the charity stripe in the final two minutes and change holding on for the 77-65 win.

Leading the way for the Eagles were trio of Yazell, Patterson and Pfister. Yazell just missed a double-double finishing with career-highs in points with 18 points and rebounds with eight. The sophomore also went 3-for-5 from behind the arc and a near perfect 7-of-8 at the charity stripe.

Patterson also just missed a double-double with 17 points and six rebounds, while Pfister finished with 13 points to go with five rebounds. Patrice Tonge also turned in a solid effort with eight points and seven rebounds.

Midway finished the night shooting 44.6 percent (25-56) overall and 42.9 percent (9-21) from the three-point line. Meanwhile, its defense held Georgetown to just 33.9 percent (21-62) overall and 30.3 percent from long distance where the Lady Tigers went 10-of-33.

After hosting IU Southeast on Tuesday, the Eagles are back in action on Saturday, Dec. 2, when they travel to Brescia University. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 5, they host Kentucky Christian at5:30 p.m. in Marshall Gymnasium.

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