The Lady Spartans hoopsters took Federal League rival Perry Panthers into a fifth period and held them off for their first Federal League win on Saturday, Dec. 8. With senior Emily Gibbs out of action with a foot injury, the Spartans would go behind by 10 after the first period, only to rally and be up by 10 after the third frame. Most of the scoring would come from the fluid shooting of Kelly Tomcsanyi, the 5-11 junior hit four from outside the three-point arc and finished with a team high 20 points and six rebounds.
The fourth quarter showed how young the Spartans (2-2 overall, 1-2 League) team is, they made several late game mistakes and turned the ball over several times. The Perry Panthers (3-2, 0-2) would close the Spartans 10-point lead and tie the game at the end of regulation.
In the overtime period, Tomcsanyi would foul out and where she left off junior Megan Volosin would pick up at the charity stripe. Volosin would hit four critical free throws in the last 30 seconds of the game, two of them with four seconds left. Volosin's final free throws put the Spartans ahead by three and ultimately provide the margin needed to clench a Federal League win. Volosin finished with 16 points and six rebounds, Briana Fonderlin contributed seven points and freshman Krista Johnson had three. As a team, the Spartans hit 12 of 15 from the free throw line.
Junior Kelly Tomcsanyi launches a shot from downtown over a Perry defender. Tomcsanyi would lead all scorers with 20 points; 12 points came from outside the three-point arc.