Sophomore forward Hannah Hiland scored a career-high 18 points but the Lake Forest College women's basketball team's comeback attempt fell just short in a 50-46 loss to visiting Grinnell College on Friday.
Hiland scored six points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth as the Foresters cut was once a 15-point second half lead all the way down to two after her two free throws with 4:28 to play. Hiland connected on a layup with 2:49 left to trim the margin to two again at 48-46 but Lake Forest would not score again. A Grinnell basket with 37 seconds on the clock made it a four-point game, where it remained until the buzzer.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first quarter and both had 11 when it ended. A 14-1 Pioneer run to open the second gave the visitors their largest lead of the half and they were ahead 30-19 after 20 minutes.
Senior forward Brittany Avonts led the Foresters with 10 rebounds and the home team had a 46-42 advantage on the boards in the game. Both teams shot less than 30 percent from the field.
The loss leaves Lake Forest with a 3-9 overall record and a 2-5 mark in Midwest Conference play. Grinnell improved to 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the league.
The Foresters will host Knox College Saturday afternoon at 1:00.