Box Score PALATINE, Ill. – A six minute scoring drought in the second half for the Harper College women's basketball team proved to be too much as they lost 54-52 to Triton on Saturday night.
The Hawks (3-15, 0-6 N4C) took a 42-37 lead with 8:48 to play on a Monica Hinderer (Arlington Heights, Ill./The Willows Academy) basket. However, the Trojans (3-17, 1-4 N4C) went on a 13-0 run to build a 50-42 advantage. Harper finally ended the run on an Ashley Packard (Wheeling, Ill./Buffalo Grove ) basket with 2:25 to play.
Harper cut it to 51-49 with 49.2 seconds to play on free throws from Packard. After Triton's Breana Thomas (19 points) made a pair of free throws, Hinderer's basket made it 53-51 with 13.9 seconds remaining. Thomas split a pair of free throws and Harper's Rachel Payne (Wheeling, Ill./Schaumburg Christian Academy) split a pair on the other end to close the gap to 54-52.
The Hawks had one final chance in the final five seconds as the Trojans missed a free throw, but Payne's running 3-pointer at the buzzer did not fall.
Hinderer led the Hawks with 20 points and 16 rebounds while Payne scored 14 points and added eight assists. Mikayla Nagle (/Rolling Meadows) scored five points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds.
The Hawks are back in action on Wednesday, seeking their elusive first N4C victory as they play host to Madison (13-6, 5-1 N4C).