Inferno Defense Shut Down Maranatha

Katie Pavlic
Katie Pavlic

MILWAUKEE, WIS.—In the final home game of 2017, Alverno College basketball defeated Maranatha Baptist by a final score of 53-41 Thursday evening.

The Inferno started the game with a 6-0 run. Maranatha ended their scoring drought at the 1:11 mark to cut the Alverno lead to 12-6. A three point field goal from Dani Hood extend the Inferno advantage to 15-6 heading to the second quarter.

Alverno continued to excel on the defensive side of the ball. A steal from Karli Selear turned into points for the Inferno at 17-8. Back-to-back layups for the Inferno extended the advantage to 21-10 with 4:38 left in the second quarter. Alverno controlled at 29-14 advantage heading to the break.

The Inferno kept their momentum going in the third quarter as a jump shot from Kendra Patterson gave Alverno the 36-18 lead. A jump shot for the Sabercats just before the end of the quarter shrunk the Inferno lead to 41-28 heading to the final quarter.

Back-to-back layups for the Inferno extended the Alverno effort to 50-32 at the 6:13 mark of the fourth quarter. The strong lead built by Alverno was too much for Maranatha to mount any momentum. Alverno picked up their first home victory of the 2017-18 campaign 53-41.

Junior Karli Selear finished on the day with 20 points, three points shy of her career best. Senior Gabby Hood chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds while Mackenzie Mathies grabbed eight rebounds.

"We did a really good job defensively. We really executed tonight and I'm very pleased on how we defended this evening," Said Jessica Ott.

Alverno College travels to MSOE to continue NACC play Saturday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.