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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lady Hawks drop season opener

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Shorter Hawks

The Shorter women’s basketball team fell to Florida Southern, 77-61 in the opening game of the season Friday afternoon.

The teams traded baskets over the first five minutes, taking a 10-10 tie into the first media timeout of the game, but from there Florida Southern pulled away, coming out of the break scoring the game’s next six points.

Shorter broke its score drought with a jumper from Tatum Ragsdale to cut the lead to four 16-12, but that was as close as the Lady Hawks got through the remainder of the quarter.

Roni Richardson led the offense with 18 points. Newcomers, Ragsdale and Bianca Thornton, added 11 and nine points, respectively, in their first outings for Shorter.

The Lady Hawks will play again this afternoon at Lee University, for the final game of the GSC/SSC Challenge against St. Leo at 1 p.m.