Second half comeback just short for Ladies
Sunday, December 30, 2012 | by Nathan Yacovissi

Birmingham, Al – Dionecia Warr and Vashni Sharp-Moore combined for 59 points as the Ladies stormed back in the second half, but would come up just short against Birmingham Southern College 79-77 Sunday afternoon. Centenary (3-9) dropped its second in a row, losing both games in the BSC Sheraton Classic, while Birmingham Southern College (4-7) got the split going 1-1.  

The Panthers shot 50 percent from behind the 3 point line in the first half and 43 percent from the field, while the Ladies struggled shooting 25 percent. After a layup by Warr cut the lead to 11-8, the Panthers went on a 9-0 run to pull away early on. The Largest lead of the half was 22, and Birmingham Southern was up 44-25 at halftime.

Both teams essentially flipped in the second half, this time with Centenary coming out shooting 48 percent from the field and Birmingham Southern going cold at times. Down 14 a little over five minutes into the half, the Ladies exploded with a 20-7 run and eventually narrowed the gap 65-64 with 7:11 minutes remaining.

The action would remain close from there on out, but the Ladies could never take the lead despite tying the game on three separate occasions by Sharp-Moore on a three pointer and two different sets of free throws. With the score knotted 77-77 and 20 seconds remaining, the Panthers had the final possession and Erin Moore got fouled. Moore would hit both free throws to capture the lead as the Ladies failed to get another attempt off. The Ladies outscored the Panthers 52-35 in the half.

Warr led all scorers notching a season and game high 31 points. Sharp-Moore had another excellent game and was right behind with 28 points and 11 rebounds to get her second double-double in as many nights in a row. Both Warr and Sharp-Moore also had 3 steals each to combine for 6 of the 9 Centenary steals.

Turnovers would be a factor as the Ladies forced 21 and scored 21 points compared to the 7 points the Panthers scored off their 12. Rebecca Thompson and Warr had 8 rebounds each and were behind Sharp-Moore’s 11. Emmeline Richard added 7 points. The Ladies shot perfect from the free throw line going 14-for-14 in that big second half.

Warr was also named to the Sheraton Birmingham Classic All-Tournament Team after the game.

Melanie Short led the Panthers in scoring and picked up a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Caroline King followed with 14 points while Elizabeth Bromirski and Sydney Darnall each added 10.

The Ladies will get the week off before returning home for conference action at the Gold Dome. They play SCAC opponent Austin College Saturday at 3 p.m.