Raleigh, N.C. - The Peace College (1-1) basketball team defeated the visiting Hartwick Hawks (1-1) 60-50 in Friday's second pairing of the Jackie Ammons Memorial Tournament. The Pacers host Maine Maritime in Saturday's 3:00 pm championship game, while Salem College tips off versus the Hawks at 1:00 in the consolation round after losing to the Mariners 77-42.
PC senior Margaret Minton set the pace for her team with two buckets in the first three minutes of regulation to give Peace a 5-2 lead.
The teams traded the next four baskets before Pacer Mia Sloan converted on a steal to ignite an 8-0 run pushing the lead to 11.
Two quick fouls from Angel Fuller combined with seven Pacer turnovers helped Hartwick to a 12-0 run to give the visitors a one-point lead with just under five minutes in the half.
Peace won the battle during the next 4:43 to enter the break at an even 25 points apiece.
First-year Pacer forward Katelyn Bradley opened the scoring in the second half followed by another three from Minton to give Peace a five-point lead.
Hartwick outscored Peace 21-13 during the next 11 minutes to take a three-point lead with five minutes remaining in regulation.
But Karissa Herring hit two free throws and Sloan converted her third steal to regain a one-point advantage. Peace maintained the pressure and scored the next 11 points to pull away from the Hawks and seal the win.
Herring led all with 20 points and six steals. Minton tallied 10 points, including two from behind the arc. Six more Pacers contributed to the total to move Peace into Saturday's championship round.
Kate Purcell led Hartwick with 14 in the loss.
After losing in the opening round of the 2009 Ammons tournament, Peace welcomes the chance to play for the championship against the Mariners. See you on the sidelines!