MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Huntingdon downed LaGrange 68-58 in a USA South game Wednesday. The Panthers (5-3, 0-2 USA South) were playing their first game since Dec. 2 after a break for final exams.
"The 10-day layoff really hurt us tonight," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "Our players have been in final exams and working hard with academics and we were just not very sharp on the bbasketball court tonight."
Senior Austin Richardson led three Panthers in double figures. Richardson had a season-high 15 points, followed by Lauren Johnson with 14 and Sarah Evans, who had a career-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds.
Huntingdon (7-2, 2-1 USA South) led 36-33 at halftime. The Lady Hawks, who hit 11-of-22 from 3-point range in the game, outscored LC 19-8 in the third quarter to build a commanding 55-41 lead. The Panthers were just 3-of-20 from the floor in the period.
"We really went cold shooting the ball in the second half and couldn't get stops when we had to," Buchanan pointed out. "Huntingdon blistered the nets from behind the arc and made clutch plays when they had to have them.
"We must continue to stay positive and work much harder in practice. We are still early in the season and the mistakes we are making can be fixed."
The Panthers host Berry in a non-conference game Saturday at 2 p.m.