Lehman, Pa. - The Lady Lions fell to 1-3 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference and 2-5 overall on Tuesday night following a 56-50 loss at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
Hazleton got off to a slow start, notching just five points in the first quarter although the Lions kept themselves in contention with a 7-0 spurt in the scoring column to start off the second period. Despite the run, Hazleton trailed for much of the half. A triple from just inside half court by freshman Katura McCorkle (Philadelphia, Pa.) trimmed Hazleton's deficit to just six points at the midway point and primed Hazleton for a second half push.
Hazleton won the third period and trailed by three points and completed the comeback midway through the final stanza behind a season high effort by freshman Brianna Clark (Effort, Pa.). The Lions took the lead late in the game by as many as three points but with time winding down, Wilkes-Barre found their way to the free throw line, converting 6-of-8 down the stretch and tacking on a triple by Gia Skaff to retake the lead and send Hazleton home with the loss.
Clark led all scorers in the game with a game high 20 points going 2-for-5 from beyond the arc. McCorkle finished with 13 points and five assists to round out the top Hazleton efforts. Wilkes-Barre saw four players reach double-digits in the scoring column including Victoria Benning and Alaena Lloyd with ten points each, while Qiana Vigo added 11 points with Jessica Charles leading the squad with 14 from the field.
Next up: The Lady Lions return to their home court on Friday, December 6 when the squads looks to bounce back against PSUAC opponent Penn State New Kensington.