Women's Basketball: Panthers knock off Greensboro 68-58 to reach USA South semifinals

FERRUM, Va. - LaGrange opened the USA South Tournament on Thursday by knocking off Greensboro 68-58 on the campus of Ferrum College.

The Panthers (16-10) avenged a 66-51 loss in the regular season to the Pride (20-6). They advance to the semifinals Friday at 5 p.m. against Maryville. The Panthers and Maryville split their two regular season meetings.

"This team continues to go above and beyond expectations and this win was very special for our players," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "I was so pleased with our defensive effort and on the offensive end each player stepped up with everyone scoring."

Senior Alex Wilson led the Panthers with 16 points. She made four of the five 3-pointers made by the Panthers.

Shaye Butler added 14 points, while Kelsey Mitchell added 11. Madison Barker pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Panthers scored the game's first 14 points, holding Greensboro scoreless until 11:34 remained in the first half. The Pride began chipping away at the Panthers' lead.

Trailing 20-9, Greensboro closed the first half with a 16-3 run to lead 25-23. The Pride led 38-31 four minutes into the second half.

The Panthers rallied to tie the game. Barker scored underneath off an assist from Mitchell and Wilson drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 42.

Greensboro retook the lead briefly. But Wilson knocked down another trey to put the Panthers up 45-44 with 8:38 left and the Panthers never trailed again. She capped her game with a layup before the buzzer for the 68-58 final.

With Barker leading the way, the Panthers had a 44-31 edge in rebounding. The Panthers were 19-of-27 shooting free throws, while Greensboro was just 9-of-17.