February 12, 2014

Second Half Run Dooms Hood Against Albright

READING, Pa. - Hood College led by nine in the opening minutes of the second half, but Albright used a 19-5 run to take control of the game as the Blazers fell 64-55 on the road in Commonwealth Conference action.

A layup by Rachel Wiley (Frederick, Md. / Tuscarora) with 16:28 to play put Hood on top 35-26 and forced the Lions to call a timeout. Kelecia Harris, who finished with a game-high 20 points, scored Albright's next four points to start the run. 

The Blazers held onto the lead for the next six minutes, but a Kadijah Bishop field goal with 10 minutes on the clock tied the score at 40-40. After a turnover by Hood, it was Bishop again to give the Lions the lead 36 seconds later. 

The Blazers used a 15-5 run over the end of the first half and start of the second to build their advantage. In the early going, the two teams had 10 lead changes as Hood trailed 21-20 after Kristi McFadden scored with 2:20 left in the half. Hood answered right back with a layup by Danni Medovich (Woodsboro, Md. / Walkersville) to reclaim the lead as the Blazers scored the final seven points of the half to take the lead. Medovich added a 3-point field goal and Alexis Briscoe (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach) made a layup before the intermission as Hood went ahead 27-21 at the break.

Verkia Smith (Waldorf, Md. / North Point) sank a pair of threes in the opening minutes of the second half before Wiley's lay in gave the Blazers their biggest lead of the game. 

Smith led Hood with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting and 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Rachel Kessler (Middletown, Md. / Middletown) reached double figures with 11 points, led the Blazers with four steals, and matched a career-high with five assists. Wiley tied for the game-high with 11 rebounds.

For Albright, Harris hit 7-of-11 field goals in the game and grabbed 11 rebounds. Shannon Thomas netted 14 points, while Bishop finished with 10 rebounds.

Hood held the Lions to just 31 percent shooting in the first half before Albright caught fire in the second half, hitting 15-of-25 field goals (60 percent) in the final 20 minutes. 

The Blazers will look to get back in the win column on Saturday, February 15 at Elizabethtown. Tip off is set for 1 p.m.

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