Second half surge carries Panthers past Salem 100-70
LaGrange College stayed perfect for the season with a 100-70 Great South Athletic Conference win over Salem College on Sunday at Mariotti Gym. The Panthers improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in GSAC play. Salem slipped to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Shamaz Denerson had 17 points for Salem. Kelsey Rector added 14 points, while Jo Jo Hall and Racheal Salmons each had 10.
The Panthers were 34-of-42 at the free throw line in the game. The Panthers hit 25-of-29 free throws in the second half.
The Panthers held a 64-56 lead with 9:17 remaining in the game. The Panthers doubled their lead to 16, 74-58, with a 10-2 run. Miller made six free throws and had an assist in the run.
Salem cut the lead back to 10, 74-64, with seven minutes remaining. The Panthers outscored the Spirits 26-6 the rest of the way.
The Panthers scored their last 14 points in a one minute spurt. Bush hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored off a layup. Caroline Brashier's 3-pointer got the Panthers to the century mark.
In the first half, Salem led 17-6 midway through the first half. The Panthers bounced back to take a 34-33 lead at halftime, despite shooting 30.6 percent in the half.
The Panthers reached the century mark in a game for the second straight game, after defeating Wesleyan 100-56 on Thursday. It is the first time ever the Panthers have reached the century mark in back-to-back-games.
The Panthers play at Meredith (N.C.) on Dec. 16.