(CANTON, Ohio) – Brittni Clopton's fast break layup with 2.6 seconds left completed an impressive comeback as Walsh defeated arch rival Malone 62-60 at Osborne Hall on Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers (2-2) were down by 14 in the third quarter before chipping away at the lead and tying it late in the fourth.
Alex Hochstedler provided the tying points just before that on a layup with 67 remaining. Malone was left with possession with 31 seconds remaining, but missed on a jumper with nine seconds left. Jalynn Graham pulled down the rebound and passed the ball to Hochstedler who found Clopton running down the middle of the floor on the outlet.
A Malone timeout advanced the ball to its side of the court, but a last-second shot was off to send the Cavaliers into celebration mode.
Walsh started the game with the first four points, but the Pioneers took control after that with an 11-0 run. The Cavs eventually tied the game at 13-13 on a 3-pointer by Clopton, however Malone jumped back out in front again and held it until Hochstedler's tying basket.
Hochstedler led all scorers with 23 points and dished out seven assists. Clopton finished with 14 and was 6-of-9 from the field with a pair of treys. Graham finished with 10 markers.
Defense also played a huge role down the stretch as Walsh forced Malone into numerous bad shots in the fourth quarter. As a result, the Pioneers shot just 23 percent, 3-of-13, from the field in the final 10 minutes.
All three of those field goals came from Hannah McCue. The last of those was a 3-pointer that put the Pioneers up 59-55 with 2:17 left, but Hochstedler answered with a bonus bomb of her own on the next trip down the court.
The Cavaliers will return to the court this Wednesday as they host Clarion in the home opener. Tip-off with the Eagles is set for 12 p.m.