No. 8 Lebanon Valley tops St. Mary’s
Hiltz scores 19 points to lead the Dutchmen to easy victory
ANNVILLE, Pa. -- No. 8 Lebanon Valley scored a season-high 78 points in a 78-64 win against Saint Mary's (Md.) Tuesday at the LVC Gymnasium.
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Tierney Hiltz led a cast of four LVC players to reach double-digit scoring with 19 points.
Spectators knew it would be a high scoring affair in the early goings of the game, as the Dutchmen (9-0) headed to halftime with a 50-36 lead against the Seahawks (3-7).
The Dutchmen began to create separation at the 8:10 mark in the first half when Liz Borgia stroked a three pointer that began a 9-2 stretch that ran the score from 28-22 to 37-24.
The Dutchman scored a season-high point total in the first half but also allowed a new high to the Seahawks. Both can be attributed, in part, to time spent at the free throw line. The Seahawks shot 12-for-17 from the stripe in the first half, while the Dutchmen finished 8-for-10.
LVC was accurate from the floor, shooting above 51 percent. They were even better in the second half at 54 percent.
Caitlin Murphy and Renee Fritz reopened play with back-to-back baskets to give the Dutchmen their largest lead of the game at 54-36.
The Seahawks improved in the second half and were able to keep LVC from any large-scale run. They shot 37 percent from the field in the first half and 44 in the second. They outscored all previous LVC opponents, including Misericordia who scored 54 on Dec. 6.
The other Dutchmen players to reach double digits were: Caitlin Bach (17), Fritz (14), and Borgia (12). The team followed their normal routine and relied on post play and points in the paint to build and maintain their lead. They scored 24 close-range points in the first half and another 12 in the second.
Bach shared the team lead in rebounds with Murphy at seven boards each.