Courtesy of goBrockport.com
BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The College at Brockport women’s basketball team took a quick break from conference play Tuesday night as they took on Hamilton College at Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium. Despite a strong effort to get their season moving back upwards, the Golden Eagles saw defeat by the Continentals 80-59.
Much like their previous matchups, the Golden Eagles had difficulty finding their rhythm offensively right off the bat. The team’s strength at the free throw line proved evident in the first half, shooting 83%, allowing them to hang in with the Continentals through two. Chelsea Henry (Greece Athena) and Kylee Rosbrook lead the pack to start the game, putting up nine and seven points respectively. Even though the Golden Eagles found themselves at an 11-point deficit before the half, the team saw an offensive effort from every member on the floor at any given time. Bailey Pratt and Morgan Elmer would each put up three points apiece, followed closely by Allison Chiera, Zaria McCullough, and Emily Nestler (Rush-Henrietta) with two.
Looking to execute stronger offensively in the second half, a pair of field goals by Julianna Taylor and Nestler allowed the Golden Eagles to keep within 11 to start the third. The two would find help from Rosbrook, who continued to find the bottom of the net, adding four more points to her total. The score continued to fluctuate back and forth as the Continentals quick ball movement tested the Green and Gold defensively. Despite finding themselves in a hole half way through, the Golden Eagles finished the period strong offensively, with Nestler’s ability to power down in the paint leading the way. The senior went on to net 11 of her 13 points in the third alone.
Brockport would continue to feed off of the momentum of Nestler and Rosbrook in order to try and secure the lead before the buzzer. The two accounted for 30 points and 14 rebounds, much of which allowed the Golden Eagles to remain competitive against the Continentals. Untimely turnovers by the Green and Gold in the fourth allowed the Continentals to secure a solid lead in the final minutes. Henry would also put up double digit points for the Golden Eagles, nailing a three in the fourth to bring her total to 12 on the night.
The Golden Eagles are back in action Saturday for another home contest against conference opponent Geneseo at 2 p.m.