Box Score February 12, 2003
Grove City moves to 5-2 in Presidents' Athletic Conference
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Another Presidents' Athletic Conference game. Another come-from-behind victory for the Grove City Lady Wolverines.
Four days after erasing a double-digit deficit against four-time PAC champion Bethany, the Lady Wolverines (8-12, 5-2 PAC) bounced back from a 12-point hole in the first half to pull out a 68-65 victory over host Westminster at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium Wednesday night.
The victory gives Grove City a season sweep of the Lady Titans (7-15, 2-5 PAC) and puts Grove City one step closer to a quarterfinal bye in the PAC tournament.
Grove City used a 14-3 run in the final two minutes to secure the victory. Seven consecutive points from freshman guard Kellie Kepple (Chicora, Pa./Karns City) ignited the run while a three-point play from Abby Moose (New Wilmington, Pa./Mercer) gave Grove City a 63-62 lead with 1:42 left.
Leigh LeGare (Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove) added a pair of free throws while Cara Denniston (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) and Moose each swished foul shots down the stretch.
Moose led Grove City with 17 points while LeGare posted her second double-double in as many games against Westminster with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sandy O'Keefe (Perry, Ohio/Perry) chipped in 10 points and three assists. Meanwhile, Denniston played in her 100th consecutive game for Grove City, moving to within four of tying Stephanie Murphy for the school record at 104 straight games.
A pair of early baskets from guard Jocelyn Kempema (Fort Atkinson, Wisc./Edgewood) helped the Lady Wolverines sprint out to a 6-0 lead. Westminster took control during the middle portion of the first half, outscoring Grove City 14-5 over a five-minute span. Grove City managed to cut the lead to 37-31 at the half as Tammy Hess (Vintondale, Pa./United) hit a jumper and both O'Keefe and Moose drained three-pointers.
Moose added four assists and three steals for Grove City, which committed just 10 turnovers. Jennifer Petures led Westminster with 23 points, including four three-pointers.
Grove City owns a two-game lead for second place in the PAC, ahead of Waynesburg (3-4). The top two teams receive byes in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament, which starts Feb. 26.
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