By: Jenny Phillips
The CMS Athenas fell to the Whittier Poets Saturday night at home in a devastating 59-56 loss that came down to the final seconds.
The Athenas led for most of the first half, easily maintaining control of the game. Late in the first half, there was a scuffle for a rebound and three technical were called. After that, the Poets seemed to gain a little momentum. The game remained close throughout the first half, but the Athenas went into the break down 29-26.
The Poets managed to maintain their aggression going into the second half. Early in the second half Jennifer Ringoen came down hard on her elbow after trying to grab a rebound. She didn't return to the game after that. The game remained close and CMS was able to regain their lead part way into the second half, but then lost it again. In the final minute the Athenas we able to cut the lead to one point. They started fouling and the Poets missed a few free throws. Kimberly Scamman knocked down two quick buckets to keep the Athenas in the game.
Down by two points with ten seconds remaining, Kalika Tullock was fouled going up for a layup. After missing both her free throws, the Poets were able to solidify their win.
Frannie Hemmelgarn was the Athenas' leading scorer and rebounder with 17 points and 13 boards. Three other Athenas (Tullock, Scamman, and Madeline Barnes) scored in the double digits. Four Poets also put up double digits in points, led by Monica Salazar with 13 points.
The Athenas (13-8, 7-3 SCIAC) will attempt to bounce back on the road, as they face the La Verne Leopards (5-16, 3-7 SCIAC) Thursday.