Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mills off-sets off night with late 3 to give Glenville State thrilling W

The motto of most scorers/shooters is simple: don't stop shooting. Players such as these always feel as if they are only one made basket from a hot streak.

I don't know her at all, yet I'm assuming we can include Ginny Mills in this group.

The guard for the NCAA Division II women's team at Glenville State missed nine of her first 10 shots from beyond the 3-point line Monday night. So with the score tied and the clock winding down, it was only natural she be the one with the ball, the game effectively in her hands. Swish!

Mills made her 3 with 8 seconds left after a pass from Jessica Parsons (no relation), giving the Pioneers a thrilling 87-84 victory at home over the University of Charleston in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Until what proved to be the game-winner, Mills was 6-for-20 from the field and 1-for-10 at the arc, an atypical effort for the junior from Steubenville, Ohio.

Her big shot helped thwart a nice rally by the Eagles (4-3, 1-2 WVIAC), who were down 10 at halftime and trailed by 14 midway through the second half after a jumper by Glenville State's Tiffani Huffman. Charleston slowly battled back and eventually tied it with 4:50 remaining on two free throws from Jessi Cowden.

The Pioneers (7-2, 4-1) quickly gained command again, with Ashleigh Fossett and Kenyona Simmons making 3-pointers for a six-point edge. Once again, the Cougars came back, and when Chrissy Keir made a jumper with 37 seconds remaining, the score was tied at 84.

That set up Mills' dramatics, helping Glenville State avoid its first losing streak of the season after a 101-93 loss at West Liberty two days previously.

Fossett was amazing, finishing 9-for-17 from the outside the arc and scoring 29 points. Mills finished with 16 and Simmons added 14. The Pioneers attempted 93 shots, 43 on 3s, and grabbed amazing 60 percent of their own misses off the board. That figure likely won them the game -- along with Mills and her clutch shot, that is.

Glenville State hosts Ohio Valley (0-7, 0-4) on Friday night, with tip scheduled for 5:30 p.m. I hope coach Bunky Harkleroad and his squad get after it again.

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