NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Gill Gerton registered her eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 19 rebounds and Coast Guard overcame a 15-point third quarter deficit to beat archrival Merchant Marine 51-45 on Senior Day in the final non-conference game of the season.
Coast Guard which has won six of its last seven improves to 9-14 overall while the Mariners are now 11-11 on the season. The Bears now hold a commanding 9.5-3.5 lead over Merchant Marine in the Superintendent's Trophy race with just seven sports left to compete. The baseball team can secure the cup when they battle the Mariners in a three-game series in Ft. Myers on March 5th and 6th.
Freshman Zoe Riis-Fallica had a team-high 13 points to lead the Bears, who shot just 20.7 percent (6-29) and missed all eight 3-point attempts in the first half, but shot 50 percent (11-22) in the second half for the comeback win.
Coast Guard shot 33.3 percent for the game (17-51) while hitting 2 of 16 from behind the arc.
Freshman Kaleigh D'Arcy led Merchant Marine with 10 points and was one of four players with a team-high five rebounds to go with a team-high four steals.
Merchant Marine after shooting 41.7 percent in the first half (10-24) shot just 20 percent in the second half (5-25) and shot 30.6 percent for the game.
The Mariners led 30-15 on basket by senior Kelsey Hofmann with 8:42 to go in the third quarter before the Bears ran off 11 straight cutting the deficit to 30-26 with 3:57 left in the quarter. Merchant Marine led 35-30 after three quarters.
Senior Allie Drake scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter giving the Mariners a 37-30 lead before Coast Guard would answer with another run. This time, the Bears used a 12-2 spurt. Coast Guard took the lead for good during the run 40-39 when Riis-Fallica made a pair of free throws with 4:53 left before Gerton converted a pair of free throws with 3:45 left pushing the lead to 42-39.
Freshman Kaleigh D'Arcy hit a deep 3-pointer with 55 seconds left to pull the Mariners to within 46-44 before Riis-Fallica knocked down a pivotal trifecta with 28 seconds left to ice the game putting the Bears up 49-44.
The Bears honored the only senior on the team Amanda Roy during a pregame ceremony. Roy has won 63 games during her four years, just one shy of the record of 64 set by last year's class.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday against Emerson in a game to be played at Suffolk at 7:00.