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Tars Hold Off Sailfish for SSC Road Win

Rachel Jablonski
Rachel Jablonski

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 11, 2020) – Rollins led wire-to-wire and held off a late Palm Beach Atlantic charge as the Tars posted a 60-56 win Saturday afternoon. 

Rachel Lia led Rollins (10-5, 3-4 Sunshine State Conference) with 12 points. The junior went 6-for-6 at the free throw line and grabbed five rebounds. She was 4-for-4 at the stripe in crunch time to ice the game for the Tars.  Rachel Jablonski added nine points with Jaylyn Harrison and Tianna Rosser both netting seven. Rosser hauled in 11 rebounds and surpassed 500 for her career. 

PBA dropped its fourth-straight and falls to 0-7 in the SSC, 2-12 overall. Avree Carpenter led the way with 18 points. Sia Williams recorded 14 points and seven rebounds. 

Rollins defense held PBA without a field goal for the first eight and a half minutes, running out to a 13-1 lead. The Sailfish started to hit at the end of the quarter as the Tars grabbed a 16-8 lead after the first 10 minutes. 

The Tars made a run in the middle of the of the second and led 26-12 with six minutes to play in the half. Rollins would then hit just one more field goal the rest of the half as the 'Fish went on a 11-2 run and cut the Tars lead to 28-23 at intermission. 

PBA tied the game at 28 early in the third before Rollins went back up five and got itself some breathing room. The hosts then closed the quarter on a 5-0 run and knotted the score at 40 heading into the fourth. 

The Tars rallied to start the final quarter as buckets by Paris Sharpe, Yoke Tassent and Rosser pushed Rollins ahead 48-40. 

A Jablonski three-pointer with 3:13 left pushed Rollins ahead 54-44. That bucket, however, would be the Tars last from the field as PBA closed to within 56-53 with 12 seconds left. Lia hit two at the line to again give the Tars some breathing room, but Carpenter was fouled beyond the arc in the act of shooting with four seconds left and made good on all three to again make it a one possession game. With just four seconds left, Lia again hit a pair at the line and PBA's final shot was off the mark. 

Rollins shot a season-low 29 percent from the field while holding PBA to 35 percent. The Tars 26 offensive rebounds led to a 55-32 overall advantage on the glass. 

Rollins is back in South Florida on Wednesday, January 15 to face Lynn. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Boca Raton. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

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