Eader, Perez, Rybak combine for 31
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg methodically built a 41-17 advantage at the break en route to a 73-51 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over McDaniel on Tuesday.
Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) paced the Green Terror (7-9, 4-8 CC) with 11 points while backcourt mates Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) and Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) each contributed 10 points. Eader added four assists and five steals.
Caroline Murphy and Alyssa Oursler led the Bullets (8-8, 6-5 CC) with 11 points each.
Trailing 3-2 after Perez hit a 3-pointer with 19:35 to play in the first half, Gettysburg – behind four points from Lauren Dadigan – scored the next six points to take an 8-3 advantage and force a Green Terror timeout 1:28 later.
Rybak closed the deficit to 8-5 on the ensuing McDaniel possession but the Bullets tallied 16 of the game's next 19 points to open up a 16-point advantage with 9:57 remaining.
Sara Kinsley tallied eight points of her 10 points during the Bullets' 24-8 start.
Perez, who scored eight of her team's first 10 points, hit a jumper to break a 6-minute, 35-second scoring drought and draw the visitors within 24-10 with 9:43 showing.
Gettysburg extended the lead to 41-17 at the intermission, putting together a 13-2 run before Emillee Bosley (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) hit a 3-pointer in the final 35 seconds of the stanza.
A pair of Lauren Ballenger (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) free throws capped a 9-3 burst and drew McDaniel within 53-32 at the 12:40 mark.
However, the Bullets tallied the game's next seven points and the Green Terror closed to within 20 when Perez banked in a long jumper with 6:30 to play to make it a 62-42 game.
Katherine Restrepo (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area), who finished with a career-high nine points, converted a layup in the final minute to trim the deficit to fewer than 20 for the only time in the second half.
The Green Terror returns to action at Washington (Md.) on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.