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Rollins Drops Heartbreaker to Saint Leo

Carly McLendon
Carly McLendon

WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 2, 2019) – Saint Leo hit the go-ahead bucket with 1.2 seconds left and Rollins potential game winner was off the mark at the buzzer as the Tars suffered a 53-51 loss to the Lions Saturday. 

Carly McLendon led Rollins (9-10, 6-7 Sunshine State Conference) with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Vernisha Andrews added 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals. 

The Tars shot 35 percent from the field and outrebounded Leo 44-34 on the night. The Lions hit 37 percent and were 9-of-12 at the free throw line while Rollins was 5-of-10. 

Casey Wortley netted 18 for Leo, including the eventual game winner in the final seconds. Asia Royster and Gina Brierley both scored 10 with Brierley also getting five rebounds and five assists. 

Starting with a McLendon bucket on the Tars first possession, Rollins led the entire first half. Summer Conti put the hosts up 16-6 seven minutes into the game as the Tars would go on to post a 17-11 lead after one. 

Rollins led by as many as six, three different times in the second, but couldn't pull away and held a 28-24 lead at intermission.   

In the third, Jablonski put the Tars ahead 39-34 with a deep three-pointer and Tianna Rosser made it a seven-point spread, 41-34, with 3:13 left in the frame. Saint Leo, however ended the quarter on a 7-0 run and knotted the score at 41 heading into the fourth. 

Denise Daniels put the Tars back on top early in the fourth before a Wortley three-pointer gave Leo its first lead, 44-43 with 7:14 left in regulation. Rollins came back to tie the score twice, evening the count at 49 with just under two minutes to play. Wortley put Leo back on top with 90 seconds left and, after defensive stops by both teams, McLendon tied the score at 51 with 28 seconds left. 

The Lions ran the clock all the way down to three seconds when Wortley hit a contested turnaround from the left block, putting Leo ahead 53-51 with 1.2 seconds left. Rollins didn't get a clean look coming out of a timeout as a Jablonski desperation heave was off the mark. 

Rollins is on the road Wednesday, February 6, visiting Nova Southeastern. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. in Ft. Lauderdale. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

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