Mason's Big Night and Poole's Clutch Free Throws Lead to First Victory
November 21, 2012
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Freshman Kristie Mason and seniors Lynsey Poole and Ashley Dolberry led the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish to their first victory of the season on the road against the Saint Leo Lions, 81-79 on Wednesday afternoon.
It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the entire contest, with twelve lead changes and thirteen ties during the course of the game. When it came down to crunch time, Poole and Mason stepped up for the Sailfish.
Trailing 76-70 with just under two minutes remaining, Lynsey converted a three-point play the old fashioned way, sinking a free throw after a foul on a difficult layup. After a defensive rebound by Dolberry, Mason hit the biggest shot of her young career. The freshman launched a three-pointer from 24 feet out and hit nothing but net to tie the game at 76-76.
With just 30 seconds left in the game, Poole was fouled and went to the line for the one-and-one and converted both to take the lead. Lynsey converted 6-of-7 free throws in the final half minute to ice the game for the Sailfish.
Saint Leo had two separate chances to tie the game up from the free throw line with under twelve seconds left, but were unable to cash in on the opportunities.
Mason bust out in a big way, dropping in a team-high 23 points on 5-of-10 shooting from behind the arc, while adding five rebounds to the cause. Poole added 19 points and six assists, while Dolberry tallied her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Sailfish shot 49.2% on the game and 35.3% from behind the three point line, while the Lions shot 43.5% from the field, including 37.5% from beyond the arc. Perhaps the most important stat at the end of the night was at the free throw line, where PBA shot 83.3% and SLU shot just 66.7%.
Palm Beach Atlantic will be in action once again on Sunday afternoon against Armstrong Atlantic, traveling to Savannah, Georgia to take on the Pirates at 1:30 P.M.