Women's Basketball: Maryville denies Panthers first GSAC championship
Maryville denied LaGrange its first GSAC tournament championship with a 69-56 win over the Panthers on Saturday in Mariotti Gym. The loss ended the season for the Panthers, who finished 19-9.
Maryville (20-6), in beating the Panthers for the second time in a week, won its eighth GSAC tournament championship. The Lady Scots received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament.
The Panthers led 24-23 with 6:54 left in the first half after Hunter Connell made two free throws. Maryville finished the half with a 17-5 run to go up 40-29 at the break.
In the second half, the Lady Scots continued to build on the lead and led 55-34 with 12:19 remaining. The Panthers chipped away at the deficit over the next 10 minutes.
The Panthers used an 11-2 run to get within seven points. Miller hit two free throws to make it a 10-point game, 61-51. Covington made a steal at the other end and Alex Wilson drained a 3-pointer to make it 61-54 with 2:44 left.
Maryville sealed the win by scoring the next eight points to build a 15-point lead. Covington scored the Panthers' last points for the 69-56 final.