WINCHESTER, Va. – Shenandoah opened up a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter and Bridgewater was unable to recover as the Hornets held on for a 67-62 victory in the first women's game played at the new Wilkins Athletics and Events Center.
The Hornets used an 8-4 spurt late in the second quarter to take a 20-12 lead. Bridgewater then closed the quarter with a 6-0 run to pull within two. Rebecca Harvey made four straight free throws and Sydni Carey added a layup with 23 seconds left as the first quarter ended with Shenandoah holding a 20-18 advantage.
The Eagles tied the score with a layup by Briana Moore and a jumper by Harvey gave Bridgewater the lead, 22-20. Another jumper by Harvey made it 24-20 before the Hornets regained the lead with an 11-0 run. Shenandoah tied the score with buckets by Jordan Sondrol and Kirstyn Arcata before taking the lead on a 3-pointer by Sarah Donley. Donley hit two foul shots and Sondrol added a jumper to put the Hornets up 31-24 with 1:24 left in the second quarter.
Carey ended a five-minute Eagles' drought with two foul shots with 1:01 remaining and the half ended with Bridgewater trailing 31-26.
The teams traded points for most of the third quarter until a 6-0 spurt put the Hornets on top 46-36 with two minutes left. Bridgewater's Madison Baum and the Hornets' Shannon Kuhn then traded hoops before a layup by Jessalyn Monday with 45 seconds left pulled the Eagles to within eight, 48-40 entering the final quarter.
The Hornets scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to take their biggest lead. A layup by Ashley Stone put the margin at 10 before a layup by Sondrol and two foul shots by Donley made the score 54-40 with 8:58 left in the game.
Monday hit a 3-pointer and added a layup to cut the margin back to nine as the Hornets went more than five minutes without scoring. Monday's points, however, were all the Eagles could muster during the Shenandoah drought and when Stone hit a jumper with 3:47 left the Hornets' lead was back to double digits, 56-45.
The lead was still 10 points, 60-50, before the Eagles scored four points to slice the margin to six. Moore scored on a layup and Chyna Roberts added two foul shots, making the score 60-54 with 1:04 remaining.
The Eagles pulled to within four on a jumper by Moore with 22 seconds left, but Sondrol knocked down two free throws to push the margin back to six, 65-59 with just 16 seconds on the clock.
Moore hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to make it a one possession game, but Stone got free for a layup to seal the victory for the Hornets, 67-62.
Bridgewater had another tough night shooting the basketball, making just 33.8 percent from floor, including a 2-for-11 mark from 3-point range. Shenandoah held a slim 46-45 edge on the boards. Moore just missed a double-double as she led the Eagles with nine rebounds.
Moore finished with 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting to lead the Eagles. Harvey scored 12 points and Monday added 11. Stone scored 18 points to pace the Hornets and Sondrol finished with 16.
Bridgewater, now 9-10 overall and 5-6 in the ODAC, is back in action Saturday when the Eagles host Guilford in the annual Play4Kay cancer awareness game. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.