Panthers get two huge wins

Last updated: February 17. 2014 12:30AM - 277 Views
By KevinEckleberry keckleberry@civitasmedia.com



LaGrange College's Kelsey Mitchell scored 24 points to lead her team to a 68-63 victory over Maryville on Sunday.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange College's Kelsey Mitchell scored 24 points to lead her team to a 68-63 victory over Maryville on Sunday.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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What a weekend it was for the LaGrange College women’s basketball team.


After getting a conference win over Piedmont on Saturday, the Panthers followed that up with a huge 68-63 victory over Maryville on Sunday at Mariotti Gym.


It was the first time a LaGrange College women’s team has beaten Maryville on its home floor.


Maryville came into Sunday’s game with an 11-game winning streak, and it hadn’t lost a conference game all season.


Both of those streaks came to a halt against the Panthers, though.


The Panthers made nearly 66 percent of their shot attempts, and they were 8-of-12 from beyond the 3-point line.


The Panthers (13-9 overall) improved to 7-6 against USA South opponents, while Maryville (19-3) fell to 12-1 in the conference


“I was really proud of our effort today and excited for players and all the Panther fans,” LaGrange College coach Lee Buchanan said. “Maryville is well-coached and a very good club. We may have played one of our finest games this season and to do it on senior day makes it that much more special.”


Kelsey Mitchell, who made all four of her 3-point attempts including the game-winner, led the Panthers with 24 points, and Mayana LeGrande was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field en route to a 14-point effort.


Shaye Butler added 12 points, and she led the team with eight rebounds.


Despite the Panthers’ hot shooting, they still had to sweat things out late.


The Panthers had a 34-23 lead at the half, but the Scots began the second half on an 8-0 run to get within three.


With 15 minutes left, the Scots were only down by two points, and they tied it at 42-42 with 11:42 remaining on an Alex Bond basket.


On the Panthers’ ensuing possession, Mitchell drained a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 45-42 lead, but the Scots weren’t going away.


With nine minutes remaining, Lauren Trent made a 3-pointer, and the Scots were ahead 49-48.


It remained tight the rest of the way, and with 1:41 left to play, the game was tied 60-60 after a Maryville basket.


After a LaGrange College turnover, Maryville missed a potential go-ahead basket, and Madison Barker came down with the rebound.


With 46 seconds showing on the clock, Mitchell took a pass from Brashier, and her 3-point attempt found the net, and the Panthers were ahead 63-60.


The Panthers had the lead the rest of the way, and they made five free throws to put the game away.


Saturday’s game was also a close one, with LaGrange College slipping past Piedmont 80-77.


Mitchell, who was 13-of-14 from the free-throw line, led the Panthers with 20 points, and Barker scored 17 points and led the team with nine rebounds.


Brashier added 11 points, and Butler and Alex Wilson had 10 points apiece.


The Panthers were behind 73-72 with 1:40 remaining, and Mitchell gave her team a 74-73 lead with a pair of free throws 20 seconds later.


The Panthers didn’t relinquish that lead, and they were up by five when Piedmont scored at the buzzer to make it a three-point game.


 
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