FROSTBURG, MD —
Senior Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin)
scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, and Frostburg State held off a furious Lake Erie rally to escape with a 63-58 win in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.
The Bobcats (12-14) advance to Friday's semifinal round where they will take on No. 1 Penn State Behrend (14-11) at 6:00 pm. in Erie, Pa. FSU dropped both regular-season meetings to the Lions, 78-75 in overtime at Frostburg, and 73-66 at Erie.
In other first-round action Wednesday, No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg downed No. 7 La Roche, 66-40, and No. 3 Penn State Altoona dumped Pitt-Bradford, 81-49.
Pitt-Greensburg and Penn State Altoona will meet in Friday's other semifinal contest at 8:00 pm.
Faust scored 10 points in the game's first 10 minutes to help the Bobcats open a seemingly commanding 25-9 lead, but the Storm closed out the half with a 20-8 run.
FSU held a 29-17 advantage before Lake Erie scored seven straight to pull to within five.
The Bobcats took a 31-24 lead on a jumper by sophomore Tracey Little (LaVale, Md./Allegany), but a 5-0 Lake Erie run made it a 31-29 contest.
Freshman Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) hit a short jumper in the final seconds to give Frostburg State a 33-29 edge at the break.
Lake Erie (7-19) pulled even at 39 at the 13:43 mark on back-to-back three pointers by sophomore Carletta Harrell before Little answered with a triple to give FSU a 42-39 lead.
The Storm forged a 46-46 tie moments later, but Faust drained another basket to put the Bobcats back in front.
The Storm wouldn't go away, as Jennifer Bartholomew hit one of two free throws and a layup to put Lake Erie ahead, 49-48, with 9:05 to play, but senior Holly Myers (York, Pa./West York) drilled her third three-pointer of the night to give FSU the lead again.
Bartholomew and Shey Morris each hit one of two free throws to bring Lake Erie even for the final time, 51-51, with 7:18 remaining, but Faust sank two free throws and followed with a key offensive rebound and put-back, and senior Naomi Mason (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) added a three-pointer for her only points of the game to put FSU in front, 58-51.
The Storm pulled to within four, 60-56, on Harrell's fourth three-pointer of the night with 3:09 left, but Faust hit her final basket to give the Bobcats a six-point cushion with 2:24 to go.
Myers finished with 13 points, five assists and three rebounds, while Little added 11 points and 10 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double.
Harrell scored 20 points to lead Lake Erie, which couldn't overcome 21 turnovers.
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Frostburg State University
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