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Midway women’s basketball hangs on for win over Carlow

The Midway University women’s basketball team was back in action on Saturday, Jan. 7, when they looked to return to their winning ways against Carlow (Pa.) inside Marshall Gymnasium.

John Kenger’s team did just that as they led by as many as 21 points and held off a late rally from the Celtics (2-8, 0-5 RSC) for a 76-65 win. With the win, Midway moves to 9-7 overall and 3-3 in River States Conference play.

After a tough offensive outing against Point Park (Pa.) on Thursday, Midway finished the game shooting 47.6 percent (30-63) overall and 33.0 percent from beyond the three-point line where they went 7-of-21.

Meanwhile, Midway’s defense forced the Celtics into 15 turnovers, while holding the visitors to 36.8 percent (25-68) shooting overall for the game. Carlow also went 6-of-19 from downtown for 31.6 percent.

After a back-and-forth battle in the first quarter that saw the home team take a 21-17 lead into the second stanza, Midway began to seize control of the game in the second quarter where they outscored the opposition 24-9.

Senior Rachel Carter scored the first four points in the second stanza and sparked what turned into a 12-2 run to give Midway a 33-19 lead. Then, the Eagles closed the quarter on a 7-0 run with Kelsee Kinder scoring the final five points that led to a 45-26 lead at the half.

Carlow and Midway traded baskets in the third period as Midway held a 59-43 lead entering the final 10 minutes of play. The Celtics tried to make the game interesting late by cutting the deficit to single digits in the fourth, but the Eagles held on for the 76-65 victory.

Leading the way for the Eagles was junior Kelsee Kinder. She finished with 22 points to go with her six assists. Rachel Carter turned in one of her best games of the season with 15 points and nine rebounds. Haleigh Yazell and Courtney Pfister added 10 points apiece.

After playing two consecutive home games, Midway will play five of their next six games on the road. On Saturday, Jan. 13, they host Asbury at 1 p.m. and then they hit the road on Monday, Jan. 15, when they travel to Grayson, to take on Kentucky Christian College.

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