Jasauen Beard led MWC with 13 points. Asia Davis added 9 and Kara Partridge scored 9
Hannah had a game-high 25 points. Sheppard scored 12 and Jones 10.
“We played great, Hannah said. “We came out and had a great game. One of our best games all season. We responded great to Serithia going down. The first time we responded horribly. Now, when she went down we were like we have to win this for her.”
Without the services of Hawkins, the SaberCats stayed in the game by outhustling the Bombers. Sheppard dove on the ground for loose balls, Campbell dug in on defense while Desha Page battled in the paint for rebounds.
Southmoore clawed back to within two after Alyssa Jones drained a 3-pointer with 1:44 left in the second quarter. They trailed 26-24 at halftime.
The SaberCats turned to Hannah in the second half, running the offense through her. Instead of relying on jumpers, the 6-foot post drove the ball to the rack and picked up fouls on the Bombers.
With 4:20 left in the third, the ’Cats took a 33-32 lead.
However, the Bombers responded with an 13-8 run and led 45-41 going into the fourth quarter.
Even though their rally fell short, the SaberCats believe they are set up for a deep run next season.
“It’s sets us up for next season real nice,” Hannah said. “Our mentality next year is going to be overall great. We’re going to get there next year. I promise that.”
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