Women’s Basketball: Catamounts rally late to win at Region XX Tourney

LAPLATA, MD — Chelsea Keyser hit a shot in the lane in the final seconds to complete an 11-point rally and send fourth-seeded Potomac State to a dramatic 63-62 victory over fifth-seeded Southern Maryland in an opening round game at the Region XX, Division II women’s tournament.

The Catamounts, who scored the final 11 points, will play top-seeded Chesapeake in the semifinals today at 2 p.m.

Keyser finished with 21 points and Leah Hershberger had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for Potomac State (16-4). Alexis Carr added nine points, four steals and four assists and Antwanye Parks five points and seven rebounds.

“The big thing for us is that we didn’t quit. We showed a lot of heart,’’ said PSC coach Jim Walton. “We were in foul trouble all night and both of our guards missed time and finished with four fouls. At the end, we went full-court man-to-man and it was determination and effort that pushed us ahead.”

Potomac State battled through foul trouble in a first half that ended in a tie at 32. After several lead changes in the second, Southern Maryland (12-13) built a 10-point lead with 2:33 to play.

That would be the largest lead as Southern Maryland, after a Potomac State timeout, did not score again.

Hershberger hit a big three-point shot to begin the game-ending run for the Catamounts. Down 62-61, Hershberger drove to the basket and made a six-foot floater in the lane with four seconds left to give Potomac State the 63-62 lead.

Southern Maryland got off a final shot at the buzzer that missed the mark. Taylor Superior had 13 points and Briana Diggs 11 for the host Hawks.