Despite that, the ’Cats only trailed the Hornets 15-14 heading into the second period. Hawkins, the 6-foot-1 sophomore, kept them in the game as she poured in 7 points in the period.
“She did what she has done all year for us,” Sayes said of Hawkins. “She put us on her back.”
Washington continued to press and forced turnovers each time the ’Cats attempted a fastbreak. Yet, the Hornets were unable to take advantage on the scoreboard. The game was tied at 30-30 heading into halftime.
Southmoore slowed the pace down in the third quarter and dumped the ball into the paint. It was Hannah’s turn to take over as she displayed her passing ability when she wasn’t putting the ball through the hoop.
The ’Cats stormed in front 40-34 with 3:36 left in the third and seemed to have control of the game.
But with five minutes left in the game and carrying a two-point advantage, the Hornets began to outwork the SaberCats for loose balls and rebounds. The ’Cats offense became frantic and they began to miss easy layups as the Hornets’ lead grew to eight.
As Southmoore’s turnovers grew, so did the Hornet’s lead. The ’Cats were unable to mount a comeback and saw their season come to an end.
"It comes back to turnovers and missing shots and we let that get in our head," Sayes said. "You have to be mentally strong at this point in the season because everybody is going to miss shots and have turnovers. We weren't able to do that tonight."
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