Messiah tops No. 11 Lebanon Valley
Lebanon Valley Athletics
ANNVILLE, Pa. – A strong second half led Messiah to a 59-55 win against No. 9 Lebanon Valley. The game was LVC's Fourth Annual Pink Game, drawing a record crowd 1,560 people.
Renee Fritz and Liz Borgia led Lebanon Valley (20-2, 10-1) with 12 points each and Suzie Noyes added 10 points in the loss. Noyes and Tierney Hiltz paced the squad in rebounds with six each.
Andrea Hoover tallied six assists against the Falcons and stands eight assists short of tying the all-time record of 528 set by Crystal Gibson '05.
Leading Messiah (15-6, 9-2 CC) was Nicky Hess and Kira Maier with 18 points each.
The Falcons started the game with two 3-pointers for the early lead. The game remained close through the entire first half, and Messiah led by five on three occasions. A layup by Borgia tied the game at 5:13 and was knotted up two more times in the final minutes. A layup by Noyes with 26 seconds to go gave LVC the 27-25 lead at the half.
Opening the second half, Messiah again tied the game and took control from there and went up by six with 15:46 to play. Back-to-back layups from Fritz and Borgia gave Lebanon Valley a one point lead at 12:41.
The teams continued to trade points and the score was tied two more times, the last coming with just over five minutes to play. Messiah took the lead for the remainder of the contest and hit a five point advantage with 17 seconds to go. A 3-pointer by Hiltz brought LVC to within two points, but two free throw shots from Maier sealed the win for the Falcons.
The loss snapped Lebanon Valley's winning streak at 15 games, just short of the program's longest win streak of 17 games set during the 2001-02 season.