Cold-Shooting Second Half Plagues Eagles

Mary Ruth Shifflett brings the ball upcourt for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - After matching William Peace point-for-point for most of the first half, Bridgewater shot just 20 percent from the floor in the second half as the Pacers pulled away for a 77-60 victory Sunday afternoon.

Madison Baum opened the scoring with a 12-footer and Mary Ruth Shifflett followed with a 3-pointer for an early 5-0 Eagles lead. The Pacers scored inside with a bucket by Cierra Baker, but Shifflett hit again from long range to give the Eagles an 8-2 lead. Jaymesha Sanders worked inside for another Peace bucket, but once again the Eagles scored from beyond the arc, this time with Lindsay Estes hitting the 3-pointer for an 11-4 Bridgewater lead with 6:24 left in the first haf.

The Pacers used a 6-0 spurt to take their first lead of the game, but Ahlia Moone hit a short jumper to move the Eagles back in front 13-12. A 9-4 William Peace spurt moved the visitors ahead 22-16 before a layup by Moone pulled the Eagles to within four, 22-18, after one quarter of play.

William Peace started to stretch the advantage early in the second quarter, pulling out to a 33-24 lead with 7:18 left. Jasmyn Pierce then connected from long range and McKenzie Jenkins added two foul shots to pull the Eagles back to within four, 33-29.

The visitors still led by six late in the half before a 3-pointer by Shifflett drew the Eagles to within three, 41-38, with 2:08 left in the second quarter. The Eagles then pulled to within a point, 41-40, on a jumper by Baum with 1:21 left in the second quarter. The first half ended with the Pacers holding a 45-41 advantage.

The Eagles were within four points when Jenkins scored inside, making the score 51-47, with 6:16 left in the third quarter. Bridgewater did not make a shot from the floor during the remainder of the quarter as the Pacers scored nine straight points to lead 60-47. Baum broke the drought with a free throw with 59 seconds left and the quarter ended with the Eagles trailing 60-48.

The lead stayed in double figures the entire fourth quarter as the Pacers finished with the 77-60 victory.

Shifflett paced the Eagles with 13 points and Moone added 10. 

Bridgewater is back in action Tuesday night when the Eagles host Mary Baldwin.