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Scholtz nets career-high, but JHU falls to Fords

Lexie Scholtz scored a career-high 19 points against Haverford.

Despite getting a career-high 19 points from Lexie Scholtz and 17 points from Lillian Scott, the Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team struggled to produce enough offense at a high enough rate on Thursday night as they suffered a 79-63 loss to the visiting Haverford Fords.

Johns Hopkins shot a respectable 40.7-percent but shot only 5-or-22 from 3-point range and just 10-for-21 from the foul line. Meanwhile, the Fords made 52-percent of their shots, were 11-for-20 from 3-point range and missed only two of their 18 free throw attempts.

Macy Goldbach led Haverford with 13 points while three others had double-digit games. Sierra Berkel posted a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.

A 3-pointer by Scholtz 59 seconds into the game gave the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead in the game, but that would be their only lead. Immediately after Scholtz 3-pointer, Goldbach hit one of her own before Samantha Wetzel and Berkel followed with shots to give Haverford a 9-3 lead.

After a three minute lull in the game where neither team would score, Katie Cook hit another 3-pointer for the Ford to put them ahead of the Blue Jays but nine points. Just barely more than a minute later a 3-pointer by Anna-Sophia Capizzi gave Haverford a double-digit lead, which they held the rest of the first half.

Haverford led 24-8 at the end of the first quarter following a Maddie Gallic 3-pointer. Then they would hold as much as a 19-point lead in the second quarter at 34-15 with 5:13 left when Capizzi hit a jumper. But JHU would get themselves back into the game as they shot 58.3-percent in the quarter.

Johns Hopkins trimmed their deficit down to 11 points on a Scholtz fast-break layup, but a jumper by Goldbach again put Haverford ahead by 13 points at halftime.

A 3-pointer by Scott to open the second half that turned into a six-point run to start things got the Blue Jays back within seven points with 5:55 left. Shots by Cook and Goldbach prevented the Blue Jays from making it just a one possession game, but another seven-point spurt by the Blue Jays soon after got them within two points at 43-41 with 2:58 left in the third quarter. Overall, it was 15-4 run to open the third quarter for Johns Hopkins.

But the run would not continue. Capizzi nailed a 3-pointer and the Ford ended the quarter by outscoring the Blue Jays 13-4 to push ahead by 11 points after three quarters of play. The Fords made three 3-pointers in that run.

Haverford held onto that double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. Desperate for something to spark a comeback, JHU threw up 3-pointers but missed all 10 of their attempts in the final frame.

JHU drops below .500 at 10-11 but is still winning in Centennial Conference play where they are 9-8. The Blue Jays will look to rebound on Saturday when they travel to Swarthmore before hosting Washington college on its Senior Day on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 pm.

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