FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA. — The No. 4 Mount Olive Trojans fell to the Lions of No. 1 seeded Emmanuel College, 77-64, on Thursday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament at the Shaw Athletic Center in Franklin Springs, Ga.
The Trojans found the scoreboard first as Azariah Fields hit a three-pointer at the 8:17 mark to give UMO a 3-0 lead.
A Kelly Post layup and a Jada Bacchus free throw extended the Mount Olive lead to 6-0 as the clock hit the 7:37 mark.
Emmanuel chipped away at the Trojan lead to knot the score at six-all, but Felecity Havens hit her first basket of the night, a three-pointer, to put UMO back up by three, 9-6.
An and-one conversion by Makayla Nichols extended the Mount Olive lead back out to six, 12-6, before the Lions trimmed the lead to one after a 5-0 spurt that put the score at 12-11 with 1:56 to play in the first quarter.
Havens hit another three to give UMO a 15-11 lead, but the No. 1 seed went on a 5-2 run to close the opening quarter and cut the UMO lead to one point, 17-16.
Mount Olive scored five points on a Bacchus layup and Havens three to go up by six-points again, leading 22-16.
The Trojans held that six-point lead until the 5:58 mark as they led 27-21, but the Lions came back to tie the score at 27 all before the minute was over.
Emmanuel took the lead, 31-28, following a 4-1 run, but Mount Olive was not deterred as they climbed back to knot the score at 33 all at the 2:14 mark following a 5-2 run.
The remaining minutes were an up-and-back game as the teams traded possessions while only the Trojans scored on a pair of free throws to hold a slim 35-33 lead as the horn rang for halftime.
Mount Olive took a four-point lead following a layup by Hope Toliver out of halftime and they held it as Havens hit a jumper to keep the lead 39-35 with 7:47 left in the third.
Emmanuel went on a 7-0 run to take a three-point 42-39 lead but a three-pointer by Kelly Post knotted the score as the clock ticked under six minutes.
The Lions took an eight-point lead following the 8-0 run that put the score at 50-42 in favor of the host squad as the clock neared four minutes.
UMO remained calm and chipped away at the EC lead to overcome the deficit and take a one-point lead, 51-50 with 21 seconds remaining in the third following the 9-0 run.
EC hit a three just before the buzzer to hold a two-point 53-51 lead as the teams entered the final quarter.
A pair of threes and two layups by the Lions gave the No. 1 seed a 12 point lead, 63-51, as the teams hit the five and a half minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Mount Olive scored 13 points while Emmanuel tallied 14 to hold on to their double-digit lead through the remaining five minutes of the game, as the No. 1 Lions held off the No. 4 Trojans to advance to the championship game with the 77-64 win.
Felecity Havens tallied 26 points and nine rebounds in the contest to finish her career with 2,080 points and 943 rebounds.
Kelly Post was the only other Trojan to join Havens in double figures with 14 points and tallying eight rebounds.
Mount Olive’s season comes to a close with their run to the semifinals of the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament following the loss to Emmanuel. The Trojans finish the season with a 17-11, 12-8 record and will return to action next season at Kornegay Arena for the 2019-2020 season.