Owls Can't Find Payback Against Fords

Owls Can't Find Payback Against Fords

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team traveled just down the road for the "Battle of Lancaster Ave" earlier Tuesday night, looking for a bit of revenge against their Bi-Co rivals. The Owls were trying to serve up some payback to Haverford for a loss back in late November, but it was the Fords who would claim the victory once again on this night. Bryn Mawr used a strong start to vault out to an early lead in the contest, and 16 points from Halena Martin led all scorers on the night. However, a balanced Haverford attack, led by 14 from Samantha Wetzel and 10 off the bench for Megan Furch, paced the hosts to a 79-35 win.

Bryn Mawr jumped out in front right off the bat in tonight's affair, using a pair of baskets to get out to an early lead. After forcing two Haverford turnovers, the Owls got on the board thanks to a three-ball from Martin after an offensive rebound by Elizabeth Chan. Then, Bryn Mawr's high pressure defense forced a contested three-pointer on the other end, and that led to a runout by Erica Dwyer and an easy jumper for Chan. Unfortunately, that lead would not last long, as Haverford used a 9-0 run to wrest the advantage away from the visitors. Sydney Garner put a stop to that run with a free throw, and Bryn Mawr continued to play solid defense. After a long scoreless drought for both sides, Martin stepped up and knocked down another three, tying the game back up at 9-all. Unfortunately, another run from Haverford stretched the hosts' lead back up to eight. A basket from Martin was not enough to turn the tide back in Bryn Mawr's favor, as Wetzel scored eight of the last ten points in the quarter for the Fords to give them a 19-11 lead after a quarter of play.

The second quarter started off much less friendly for the Owls, as Haverford put together another 9-0 run to open the frame. A free throw from Martin momentarily halted that run, but Haverford scored seven more points in the frame to just a lone three-pointer from Dwyer with under a minute to play, and the Fords took a 35-15 lead to the halftime break. The third quarter was only slightly better for Bryn Mawr, as Haverford continued to keep the pressure up. Another seven-point run was only stopped by a jumper and later a free throw from Martin, but the Fords put up a game-high 26 points in the frame. Meanwhile, Bryn Mawr scored just 12 points combined in the second and third quarters, allowing Haverford's lead to balloon out to 61-23 with just a quarter to play.

The Owls did put together a much better fourth quarter of action, ending the game on a solid note. Ginneh Dickenson got things started with a pair of nice jumpers, as the freshman put up very efficient four points in six minutes of action on the night. Later, Martin would earn another trip to the line, where she hit one of two free throws. Chan and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson would each hit jumpers a bit later, and Dwyer closed out the game on a high note with a three ball on a feed from Kara Breeden.

Bryn Mawr will look to put tonight's tough loss in the rearview mirror and get on to the next game quickly. The Owls return to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Saturday when they host McDaniel for a 1:00 PM game. The Green Terror won the first meeting between these two teams this season, earning a 57-31 victory in Westminster on January 7th.