Women's Basketball: Maryville downs short-handed Panthers 74-60

Women's Basketball: Maryville downs short-handed Panthers 74-60

Visiting Maryville downed short-handed LaGrange 74-60 in a USA South game Friday in Mariotti Gym. The Panthers slipped to 6-7 on the season and 1-4 in conference play.

LC was playing with only six players due to injuries and illness. The only starter available was junior Marilauren Farr. Farr tied a career-high with a game-best 22 points, 16 coming in the first half. Junior Riley Chlupacek had all of her 14 points in the second half, 12 coming on 3-point shots. 

"I thought we showed a lot of heart tonight against big odds. Maryville is a quality team and we did all we could with six players," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "I was really proud of our team. They played hard and really followed the game plan. Marilauren really carried us in the first half and Riley got going in the second half. We got contributions from each player as well on both ends of the court."

The Panthers played the Scots (10-7, 6-1 USA South) to a 19-19 tie in the first quarter. Farr had 13 points, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the floor. Maryville outscored LC 14-2 in the first four minutes of the second period and took a 42-29 lead by halftime.

Maryville continued to build its lead in the third stanza, leading by as much as 21 points late in the period. The Panthers held the Scots to just nine points in the final quarter. Chlupacek's trey got LC within 11, 71-60, late in the game.

The Panthers shot a blistering 61.9 percent in the second half, finishing with a season-best 54.2 percent for the game. 

LC hosts Covenant on Saturday at 2 p.m. in another USA South game.