Principia College 68, Blackburn College 61
ELSAH — On Tuesday night the Beavers of Blackburn College traveled to Elsah to play the Panthers of Principia College and left with a 68-61 loss.
The game swung back and forth with neither team able to mount a decisive run. The largest lead of the night by either team was six points. Blackburn entered the locker room with a two point lead, 31-29.
Led by Jeff Ross, the Panthers battled back in the second half to take a four-point lead with 1:42 left on the clock. Three final free throws by junior guard Joey Sander sealed the game with the Panthers coming out on top 68-61.
For the Panthers, Jeff Ross had 20 points, six rebounds and four steals; Parker Davidson had 14 points, 12 rebounds and three steals; Joey Sander had 14 points; Justin Ball had 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.
Junior guard Larry Patterson once again had a strong game as floor general, ending with two points, eight rebounds, five assists, one block, and three steals.
Principia's next opponent is Spalding University in Louisville on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Principia 69, Blackburn 59
ELSAH — Tuesday the Principia College women's basketball team hosted the Beavers of Blackburn College in their latest conference match-up of the season, winning 69-59.
Having beat the Beavers 64-51 the last time around, Principia was looking for the sweep. The Panthers were very out of sync to start the game, and despite playing pockets of solid team basketball were unable to really take control.
A few crucial buckets from senior captain Becca DeNicholas gave Principia a brief spark of momentum, but overall the Panthers were sloppy on offense and disjointed on defense.
Despite their struggles however, the Panthers developed a double digit lead as the half was coming to a close, only to see Blackburn cut it to three, and headed into the locker with a 35-32 advantage.
Unfortunately, the second half was more of the same for the Lady Panthers, although a brief streak powered by the Panther freshmen (Yulia Marquardt, Megan Selby and Alex Weitman) kept Principia in the game. In the end, it came down to the performances of Panther forwards Kara Johnson and Karina Olsen which allowed Principia to come away with the victory.
Johnson snagged 15 boards and recorded 11 points, as well dishing out 4 assists. But it was really Olsen who cemented the win for the Panthers as she turned in a stellar performance, scoring a career-high 30 points (she was 14-18 from the field) and snagging a season high 20 rebounds.
It was Olsen, combined with a team focus in the final minutes of the game which allowed the Panthers to pull out the win over Blackburn by a final score of 69-59.
The Panthers play next this coming weekend on Valentine's Day in Louisville against conference leaders Spalding University. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.