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Bullets Hold Off Eagles, 86-82

Ahlia Moone drives for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Gettysburg overcame 33 turnovers against Bridgewater's pressure defense Saturday evening to hold on for an 86-82 victory over the Eagles in the first round of Bridgewater's tip-off tournament.

Briidgewater scored the final four points of the first period to take a four-point lead. With the score tied at 19-19, Lindsay Estes made two foul shots for a two-point Eagles' lead. A steal and layup by Madison Baum in the closing seconds of the quarter put the Eagles up, 23-19.

The Eagles led 26-21 early in the second quarter before the visitors scored five straight to tie score. Gettysburg then outscored the Eagles, 11-3, to take its biggest lead of the half, 37-29, with 3:23 on the first half clock.

Bridgewater answered with nine straight points to regain the lead. Jasmyn Pierce started the run for BC with a 3-pointer and a 15-footer by Claire Mocarski cut the margin to three, 37-34. Mocarski added two free throws and another short jumper to push the Eagles ahead 38-37 with 53 seconds left in the half. A 3-pointer by Ashley Gehrin put the Bullets back on top, but Ahlia Moone countered with a 3-ball, giving the Eagles a 41-40 lead at the half.

The score was tied at 46-46 midway through the third quarter, but the Bullets reeled off 12 straight points to lead 58-46. Gehrin fueled the run with eight points. The Eagles clawed back and cut the deficit in half when a layup by Mary Ruth Shifflett pulled the Eagles to within six, 58-52. Gehrin hit two foul shots, but Shifflett scored again for the Eagles, making the score 60-54 at the end of three quarters.

Bridgewater opened the fourth quarter with an 11-4 spurt to overtake the Bullets. Seanna McNamara scored inside for Gettysburg to open the final quarter, but Moone hit from beyond the arc, pulling the Eagles to within 62-57. After a layup by Gehrin, Baum scored five straight points to make it a two-point game, 64-62. Shifflett then knocked down a 3-pointer from the right corner, giving Bridgewater a 65-64 lead with 7:37 left in the game. 

Carly Rice hit a 3-point to put the Bullets up by two before a layup by Estes knotted the score at 67-67 at the 6:59 mark. The Eagles moved ahead on a bucket by Moone, but Christina Richson hit a long 3-pointer for a 70-69 Bullets' lead.

A foul shot by Pierce tied the score before a layup by Rice inched the Bullets ahead, 72-70. Erin Dietz then hit from long range, giving Bridgewater its final lead of the game, 73-72, with 5:01 left to play.

Kiera Cesareo made a 3-pointer to spark a 13-1 Gettysburg run that put the Bullets out front, 85-74,  with 2:48 left. Cesareo capped the decisive run the same way she started it - with a long 3-pointer.

Bridgewater fought back and made it a one-possession game, 85-82, when Shifflett scored with 11 seconds left. Tori Yantsos sealed the verdict for the visitors when she made 1-of-2 foul shots for the final 86-82 margin.

Baum led the Eagles with 22 points. She also added five assists and had no turnovers in 26 minutes. Shifflett hit double digits for the first time in her young career, finishing with 12 points and Moone added 11 points. Shifflett led the Eagles in rebounds with eight.

McNamara came off the bench to lead the Bullets with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Gehrin added 22 points and 11 boards.

The Eagles are back in action Sunday when they play Christopher Newport. CNU held on to defeat Washington and Lee, 76-73, in Saturday's nightcap.