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March 7, 2013

Reinhardt women out in one at national tourney

Reinhardt University’s women’s basketball team, which included two Dalton High School graduates in its starting lineup this season, lost in the opening round Wednesday at the NAIA Division II national tournament.

The Lady Eagles, a No. 8 seed in the 32-team bracket, fell 62-42 to No. 1 seed Saint Francis (Ind.) at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Former Lady Catamounts Hannah Mayo, a senior guard, and April Besley, a sophomore forward, both started Wednesday for Reinhardt (19-5). Mayo finished with 10 points — second on the team behind Taylor Johnson’s 12 — three assists and a pair of rebounds in the loss, while Besley had eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Kayla Drake had 21 points to lead all scorers and pace Saint Francis (31-3), which held the Lady Eagles to a 23.3 field goal percentage after halftime. Reinhardt shot 45.5 percent from the field in the first half, but trailed 32-22 at the break.

The Lady Eagles committed 21 turnovers in the loss.

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