Women's Basketball: Panthers open home stand with 64-55 USA South win over Huntingdon

Women's Basketball: Panthers open home stand with 64-55 USA South win over Huntingdon

LaGrange opened a four-game USA South home stand with a 64-55 win over Huntingdon on Wednesday in Mariotti Gym.

The Panthers snapped a two-game skid and improved to 8-4 overall and 2-1 in USA South play. Huntingdon slipped to 5-7 and 0-5.

"This was a really hard fought game tonight. Huntingdon is a good team and it was a battle all night long," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "I was really pleased with how we shot the ball tonight and each player that saw action contributed with points and rebounds.

"We also shared the ball well with 16 assists on 21 baskets. A true team win!."

Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell led a balanced scoring attack for the Panthers with 12 points. Mitchell hit all three of her 3-point attempts and was 3-of-4 at the line.

Lauren Johnson and Hannah Landers each had 11 points. Landers also had three treys in the game, while Johnson had four steals.

The Panthers set season highs in making 7-of-11 3s in the game for a 63.6 percent average.

The Lady Hawks scored the game's first two baskets for a 4-0 lead. The Panthers held them to one point over a seven-minute span to take a 15-5 lead. Bethany Howard's jumper at the buzzer gave the Panthers a 19-7 lead after the first quarter.

The Panthers led by 15 points twice in the second period. Marilauren Farr completed a three point play as the Panthers led 37-24 at halftime.

Huntingdon held the Panthers scoreless for almost the first five minutes of the third quarter to get within five, 37-32.

Landers started a 13-0 run with a 3-pointer and then a jumper. jeris Johnson's three point play finished the run for a 50-32 lead with 2.46 left in the period.

The Panthers carried a 53-37 lead into the final period. The Lady Hawks never got closer than the nine point final margin.

"Once again our defense was solid over the 40-minute game," Buchanan said. "I was really pleased with the win but we must keep working each day."

The Panthers host Meredith on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Mary Baldwin on Sunday at 1 p.m. in USA South games.