In Saturday’s game versus Pittsburg State, the Number 24 ranked Fort Hays State women played the best 28 seconds of defense you might ever see,unfortunately for the Tigers, the shot clock in women’s college basketball if 30 seconds. As a result the Lady Tigers gave up too many baskets late in the shot clock, losing to the Gorillas 71-67.
“You can’t relax at all because at the end of a shot clock you can throw everyone’s tendencies out the window because they’re despite,” said FHSU women’s coach Tony Hobson. “We did it four of five times where were would guard them down to the last four or five seconds and then we would let them go in for a layup. And that was frustrating.”
Even with giving up some easy looks, the Tigers still had a chance to win the game. The Tigers battled back from a 10 point second half deficit to take a one point lead on a pair of free throws by KeriAnn Shaw with a minute and a half to go. But they couldn’t make it stick. Lizzy Jeronimus’ bucket 45 seconds later put Pitt State up for good.
“We had a one point lead with a 1:20,” said Hobson. “So it isn’t like we had an eight point lead and blew it. We didn’t score two times there when we needed to. Our last two possessions were awful. We didn’t even get a shot up to the rim. That’s the difference between winning close games and losing them.”
Newton native Kate Lehman had 15 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a career-high six blocks which moved her into a tie for 10th all-time in NCAA Division II for career blocks. Chelsea Mason added 20 points for FHSU. The Lady Tigers fall to 16-6 on the year.
In the men’s game, the Tigers picked up an 87-69 victory over the Gorillas. The difference in the game was a 19-1 Fort Hays went on early in the second half.
James Flemming led the scoring with 20 points off the bench. Dwayne Brusnon added 17 points, Achoki Moikobu chipped in 16 and Tomislov Gabric had 13. FHSU improves to 20-4 on the season.