The Pi Delta Chi Classics defeated the Tau Delta Chi Kangas 31-23 in a highly anticipated intramural American League basketball matchup.
The Kangas’ Becca Williams secured an offensive rebound and put it back up for the first points of the game.
The Classics’ Kristin Haertlein earned two free throws and knocked them both down to tie up the game 2-2. Both teams worked hard on defense, and the game went back and forth. With ten minutes left in the half, the teams were tied 7-7.
The Classics’ Jess Baun hit a three with five minutes left in the half, and quickly followed it up it up with a deep two-pointer, fueling a 10-2 run.
At halftime, the score was 17 to 12. Jess Baun led all scorers with 10 points at the half.
The Kangas came out of the half with intensity, but the Classics would hold their lead, going on a 7-0 run. The Kangas’ continue to play hard, but several turnovers doomed their comeback.
The Kangas found themselves down by 10 with seven minutes left in the game, but the Classics’ Leanne Cleveland buried a three to seemingly put the game just out of their reach.
The Kangas were able to cut the lead to just six, but the Classics knocked down their free throws in crunch time to keep their lead. The final score was 31 to 23.
“I think tonight was are best game so far,” Classics’ coach Anna Daulton said. “We didn’t score the most points, but we played as a team. The Kangas definitely out-rebounded us tonight, so we need to step it up.”