Gophers Pay Toll for Not Putting Bridges Away

Gophers Pay Toll for Not Putting Bridges Away

Amber Smith Represents Goucher on All-Tournament Team

LANCASTER, Pa. — A run of nine consecutive points provided Goucher with a 21-15 lead over Brooklyn with 4:24 remaining before halftime this afternoon in the consolation game of the 2009 Terry Greene Memorial Tournament. But the Bridges seized control of the contest by outscoring the Gophers, 18-2, the remainder of the first half and were on their way to a 67-52 triumph over head coach Didi Cotton's squad.

The two teams were never separated by more than three points until Goucher's 9-0 run, which started with a three-point basket by Amy Smith (Logan Twp., N.J./Paulsboro) that tied the score at 15-15. A jumper by Kelsey Myette (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) put the Gophers (1-3) ahead by two points and another by Jaclyn Kellon (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) bumped the advantage up to four points before a lay-up by Amber Smith (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) made the score 21-15.

That six-point cushion disappeared quickly, however, because the Bridges (1-2) reeled off 15 unanswered points over the next 2:58. Even after a jumper by Myette with 1:04 remaining before halftime temporarily stopped the bleeding, a three-point play by Amber Gordon extended Brooklyn's lead to 33-23 at the break.

The closest the Gophers were able to get to the Bridges in the second half was on a lay-up by Amber Smith that made the score 44-38 with 13:55 left to play.

Gordon led all scorers as she produced 22 points. Frances Lyons achieved a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Bridges.

Amber Smith, who earned a spot on the all-tournament team, came up a rebound shy of a double-double as she finished with 17 points and nine boards. Amy Smith supplied the Gophers with 13 points off the bench.