Shooting Woes Doom Panthers in HCAC Title Game, Todd Becomes All-Time Career Assists Leader

Shooting Woes Doom Panthers in HCAC Title Game, Todd Becomes All-Time Career Assists Leader

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Hanover women's basketball team saw senior Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) become the program's all-time assists leader on Sunday afternoon despite seeing their 2019-20 season come to an end as they fell in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game to no. 15 ranked Transylvania, 91-61. 

Senior Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) and junior Savannah Courtney (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)  paced the field as they garnered All-Tournament team honors. Nall finished the tournament netting an impressive 50 points, including a game-high 32 in the team's semifinal game with Franklin. Courtney turned in 24 points including 11 points in the team's Championship match-up with Transylvania.

The contest saw the Pioneers surge ahead early as back-to-back scores gave them the 8-2 advantage before a Nall jump shot at the 7:57 mark halted the charge. Senior Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) made her way into the scores column moments later with a jumper in the lane before a Transylvania deep ball and a pair of free throws saw the lead extend to double-digits. 

However, Nall responded as she knocked down a three-pointer off a career assist from Todd that propelled her to the top of the Hanover all-time rankings. The Panthers continued to grind late into the opening period as Courtney and Nall provided back-to-back blows cutting the deficit to 22-13 at the 2:14 mark. Courtney closed out the period as she sank a pair of free throws to pull Hanover back within 28-18.

The second period was an offensive explosion for the Pioneers as they used a series of runs including a 10-0 mark between 7:20 and the 4:43 point expanding the advantage to 45-23. Transylvania went on to shoot 61.1 percent (11-for-18) from the floor to claim the 60-29 lead at the break.

The third quarter opened with a jumper from Courtney before a pair of free throws from senior Kristin Mills (Cincinnati, Ohio) pulled the Blue and Red within 60-33 with 8:23 remaining. But again Transylvania responded as Calynn Jackson hit a jumper prompting a Hanover timeout. In the lane, Courtney continued to work the Pioneer defense as she hit a turn around jumper with just over a minute remaining to pull the Blue and Red within 28 points. Todd recorded the final points of the period following a trip to the charity stripe, 73-43. 

The last stanza saw an even match-up with both team's netting 18 points a piece but the Transylvania first half outburst doomed costly for Hanover as they were able to hang on for their second consecutive HCAC Tournament title.

The Panthers finished the year 19-7 overall with a 17-1 conference mark, the best finish under fifth-year head coach John Jones.