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Hornets defeat Koalas in tight game

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Photo Credit: Sunema Mauga; Morris beats CC with 85-83.

Photo Credit: Sunema Mauga; Morris beats CC with 85-83.

Photo Credit: Sunema Mauga; Morris beats CC with 85-83.

Sunema Mauga, Staff Writer

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Columbia SC-  The Columbia College Fighting Koalas lost a tight game against Morris College Lady Hornets Nov. 9 in Godbold gym.

The Koalas won the jump ball and ran down the court to start off the first half. The Hornets stole the ball and scored to put the first points on the board.

Morgan Varn, first-year psychology major, drove inside the lane and made the layup, resulting in a foul against the Lady Hornets and a free-throw opportunity for Varn. The Koalas took over the board by one point leading 3-2, until Morris College made a three-point shot, giving the Lady Hornets a two-point lead.

The Koalas began making errors, giving an opportunity for the Hornets to steal and defend the ball. The Lady Hornets showed no mercy and ran with the lead.

The Koalas began to struggle with the Hornets’ defense. Coach Nathan Gregorich called a timeout, giving the Koalas a break. Briana Johnson, senior political science major, turned the game around with a fearless drive in the lane and made a layup and a free-throw, giving CC a 26-25 lead. Both teams were giving all of their energy in the game. The Koalas never gave up, ending the first half with the lead 35-34.

At the beginning of the second half, the Koalas kept the lead. The Hornets struggled against the Koala’s quick passes and defense, until the Hornets posted out the 3-point line and made a three, returning the lead. The Hornets picked up the pace and kept the lead until the end of the game, defeating the Koalas 85-83.

The Koalas travelled to Savannah State University Nov.13 where they suffered a 52-68 loss. The Koalas’ overall record is 1-2.

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