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Cumberlands surprise winner in women's Mid-South finals

Cumberlands ended Campbellsville's 24-game win streak with a 73-68 victory in the Mid-South Conference women's basketball tournament on Saturday at Frankfort. It was the Patriots' second consecutive tournament title.

Lauren Martin scored 17 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists to lead the Patriots (24-8) in all three categories.

Campbellsville (31-2), is ranked fifth in the country and was the tournament's top seed.

The Patriots led by 14, 47-33, with 15:55 left after senior Sonia Thompson nailed a three-pointer. But junior Whitney Ballinger got the Tigers back in the game by scoring the next eight points to cut the lead to six (47-41).

After back-to-back Patriot baskets, the charge was on again. Ballinger, the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year, scored six points in an 11-3 run to pull Campbellsville to within two at 54-52.

Courtney Danis scored on a dish from Ballinger and the Tigers finally took the lead at 60-59 with 3:37 left.

After the teams traded the lead, sophomore Lauren Wombles hit a three from the top of the key with 2:31 left. It began a decisive 10-3 run.

Campbellsville was led by Ballinger's 34 points. She had eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Men's semifinals

Campbellsville 82, St. Catharine 62: Top-seeded Campbellsville used stellar three-point shooting and timely free-throw shooting to advance to the Mid-South Conference Tournament finals at Frankfort.

The Tigers (26-6) made nine of 13 three-pointers in the game and hit 10 of 12 free throws inside the final minute.

Campbellsville's T.J. Bishop finished with a game-high 23 points. Nestor Colmenares had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Georgetown 82, Cumberlands 64: An 18-3 first-half run helped send the second-seeded Georgetown past the Patriots.

The Tigers (25-6) got 18 points and eight rebounds from Vincent Crutcher. Vic Moses added 16 points.

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