Hastings Slips Past Golden Eagles, 51-50

SALINA, Kan. (November 10, 2012) — At the line with a chance to tie the game, junior center Kami Garrison was unable to drain either free throw as Hastings (Neb.) slipped past John Brown, 51-50, sending the Golden Eagles home without a win at the Oz Classic, hosted by Kansas Wesleyan.

After sophomore guard Lauren Rogers was lost yesterday to injury, the load of the guard play was passed off to senior Anna Parrish and junior Sierra Shipley. The two responded, each finishing the game in double digit points as Parrish drained 10 while Shipley added a team-high 13.

John Brown suffered trouble behind the three-point line, as the Golden Eagles were only able to knock down 4-of-14 (28.6 percent).

The Golden Eagles had a difficult time scoring in the first half, totaling only nine points with 5:38 to play in the first half, down 19-9.

Hot free throw shooting cut the deficit to three (21-18) with only 1:42 remaining courtesy of a pair of Abbie Warren free throws. The Broncos would extend the lead back to five before the half.

Morgan Ankrom led the JBU scoring effort with 7 after the first 20 minutes. Shipley's four rebounds paced the Golden Eagles on the glass.

Hasting started the second half on a quick 5-0 run, pushing its lead back to 10 (34-24). John Brown would finally make its run, however, as a Garrison trey jump-started a 12-3 streak that pulled the Golden Eagles to within one.

With a 50-46 lead and only 3:09 remaining, the Broncos ran into serious foul trouble and a pair of free throws from Shipley and Warren deadlocked the game at 50.

However, Garrison's foul with 19 seconds left gave Hasting a chance to take the lead. Cami Bruckman knocked down 1-of-2 at the line, handing the ball to JBU with moments remaining.

After Parrish's shot wouldn't fall, Garrison collected the rebound, only to get fouled on the put-back attempt.

Both of Garrison's free throws wouldn't fall as the Broncos won by a final 51-50 score.  John Brown finished the game 15-of-41 from the field (36.6 percent).

The Golden Eagles will return to the court on Tuesday (Nov. 13) when it hosts non-conference opponent MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) to a 6:00 p.m. tip-off.