LA PLUME, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team ran off the final seven points in 34 seconds to overcome a late deficit and knock off Keystone College, 59-54, in the Lions' final game of 2017 Sunday afternoon.
Trailing 54-52 with 34 seconds left on the clock, Shaneika Smith made two free throws to knot the score at 54. The two points also capped off a 14-point, 10-rebound day for Smith. After getting a turnover on Keystone's next possession, Allie Warren—Bryn Athyn's leading scorer with a game-high 17 points—put the Lions (4-7) in front 57-54 with a layup and free throw with seven seconds to play.
Sha'Vion Woodland sealed the victory, stealing the ball from Autum Kitajima on the final Keystone possession. Clayshonia Cogmon, who had 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, provided the exclamation point with a fast break layup to close out the scoring.
The contest was a back-and-forth affair that featured 18 ties and 11 lead changes.
Bryn Athyn appeared to have a grip on the game during the early stages of the second quarter when they took a 21-10 lead on a Zeniyah Sanders jumper with 1:27 gone. The advantage didn't last long as Keystone (2-6) came right back with 11 straight points to tie the score at 21 at the 4:31 mark. Warren would convert a three-point play with 1:51 left in the quarter to give Bryn Athyn a 29-27 halftime lead.
Maddy Moro gave Keystone its largest lead of the contest 48 seconds into the final quarter with a 1-for-2 trip to the free throw line to make the score 42-39.
Mayah Kitchen was the Giants' leading scorer with 12 points in a reserve role. Samy Farah added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Both teams had their struggles shooting the ball. Keystone shot 32.1 percent (17-of-53) from the field, while Bryn Athyn connected at a 29.6 percent (21-of-71) clip. The Lions dominated the rebounding battles 52-43. Bryn Athyn had 26 offensive rebounds leading to 18 second-chance points.
Bryn Athyn returns to action in the new year with a non-conference home game against Penn State Brandywine on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.