Cannoneers rally before falling to Davis in HVIAC semifinals

Cannoneers rally before falling to Davis in HVIAC semifinals

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – In her final game as a Cannoneer, Anna Bryce scored a team-high 17 points, but it wasn't enough, as the Falcons of Davis College held off a surging Pratt team, 61-47, in Saturday's Hudson valley intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinal.

Pratt (9-13, 3-3 HVIAC) scored 32 points in the second half in its attempt to erase the 26-point deficit it found itself in during the first half. The Cannoneers would outscore the Falcons 16-7 in the fourth quarter, but were unable to complete the comeback.

Davis (15-9, 5-1 HVIAC) made 10-of-16 during the game's first 10 minutes to race out to a commanding 24-6 advantage. By comparison, the Cannoneers connected on just 3-of-14 during the same span –including 0-5 from three. With all-conference performer Ammisa Epperson in foul trouble, Davis's Brooke Lewandowski would score nine points in the second frame as the Falcons padded their lead at halftime, 41-15.

After the break, the Cannnneers would begin to chip away at the Falcon's lead. Epperson would score seven points during the quarter – on 3-of-3 shooting – while a pair of Emily Guerra jumpers, couple with an Anna Bryce 3-pointer gave Sade Jackson's squad some momentum entering the game's final 10 minutes.

With both sides struggling to score in the final frame, Kathy Neblett's put-back at the 7:22 mark, go the Cannonneers offense moving. After AimeeLyn Miller's 3-pointer, Anna Bryce would score the final seven points in her Cannoneer career in one last attempt to get her team back in the game. However, Jamie Brown's basket from beyond the arc with 2:06 remaining ended any hopes of a Pratt comeback, as Davis secured the 61-47 victory.

Anna Bryce's 17 points led the team, while Emily Guerra added 12 points and nine rebounds in defeat. Idalia Kaplan grabbed 10 rebounds while dishing out a team-high five assists.

At 9-13, the Cannoneers marked the team's highest win total in the five-year rebirth of the program, as well as Pratt's second-ever trip to the HVIAC playoffs.