Area briefs: SU women edge Wilkes, 55-53

Posted: December 2, 2013

From Star staff reports

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University women’s basketball team won for the second time in three outings with a 55-53 non-league victory over Wilkes Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (2-4) only the led for 4.2 seconds in the game as the Hornets rallied for the victory over Wilkes (1-4).

Trailing 53-51 with 61 seconds remaining, SU got a defensive stop followed by an Imani Heggins’ fast-break layup to tie it at 53-53 with 31.2 seconds left.

The Colonels appeared to be holding for the final shot of regulation, but Hornets senior Crystal Petrus had other ideas.

Petrus stripped Elena Stambone of the ball in the frontcourt and the ball eventually found its way to a streaking Heggins, who laid it in for the game-winning points.

Wilkes had one more chance, but Petrus was again in the right place at the right time, breaking up the entry pass and holding onto the ball as time expired.

Heggins’ final two buckets completed a comeback in which Shenandoah found itself down eight with 6:05 remaining and six with 4:08 left.

Junior Holly Chittenden paced SU with 20 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double of the season. Heggins added 12 points, and Mary Severin scored 10 off the bench.

Stambone had a game-high 21 for the Colonels.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Lynchburg 81, SU 70

LYNCHBURG — Host Lynchburg College kept its ODAC men’s basketball record perfect on the season with a victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (3-2, 0-1 ODAC) got a game-high 32 points from junior Jared Carithers, but could not hold off Lynchburg (3-1, 2-0).

Shenandoah used a 10-4 run in the middle of the second to take a 54-53 lead following a C.J. Rudisill 3-pointer at 8:51, but the hosts answered with an Alex Graves’ layup 10 seconds later to retake the lead and never trailed again.

Graves’ bucket started a 20-6 spurt for Lynchburg that stretched its lead to 13-points, 73-60, lead with 2:46 remaining.

Carithers had 32 points on 10 of 25 shooting from the field (six 3-pointers) and a 6 of 8 performance from the line.

D-II FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Shepherd edges Winston-Salem State

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Sophomore running back Allen Cross scored on a 29-yard run with 4:06 left in the third quarter to lead Shepherd University to a 7-0 win over Winston-Salem State in the second round of the NCAA II Football Championships at Ram Stadium on Saturday.

Shepherd had seven-play, 69-yard scoring drive with a 21-yard completion from redshirt-freshman quarterback Jeff Ziemba on a 3rd-and-7 at the 50-yard line keying the drive.

Both teams combined for just over 116 yards of total offense in the first half. Shepherd had a scoring opportunity in the first quarter, but was unable to connect on a field goal.

Redshirt-freshman running back Jabre Lolley rushed 22 times for a game-high 89 yards to lead Shepherd. Cross added 60 yards on 14 attempts. Maurice Lewis rushed for 13 times for 42 yards to lead Winston Salem State.

Redshirt-freshman quarterback Jeff Ziemba completed 12-of-21 passes for 112 yards for Shepherd. DeShean Townsend, who replaced injured starter Rudy Johnson in the first quarter, hit on 12-of-39 passes for 139 yards for Winston Salem State.

Shepherd (11-0) hosts West Chester, a 40-38 winner over Bloomsburg, Saturday at noon in the quarterfinals.