Women's Basketball: Maryville tops Panthers 60-49 in USA South game

Women's Basketball: Maryville tops Panthers 60-49 in USA South game

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Maryville topped LaGrange 60-49 in a USA South game Saturday. The Panthers are now 7-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

"I thought we had a good game plan tonight but Maryville really shot it well in the first half," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "Overall our defense was solid but we still are not making enough shots."

Senior Madison Barker led the Panthers with eight points and pulled down six rebounds. Hannah Landers, Kelsey Mitchell, and Danielle Newton all had six points. Mitchell also had six rebounds and dished out five assists.

Maryville (9-2, 3-0 USA South) got a game-high 29 points from Madison Maples. Allyson Freriermuth added 12 points.

"Maples is a transfer and this was her first game for Maryville so we had nothing on her," Buchanan said. "I have to give her credit, when they needed a big shot she hit it."

The two teams came into the game as the conference leaders in points allowed. The Lady Scots were only the second team to score 60 points on the Panthers this season.

The Panthers led briefly in the first quarter. Lauren Johnson's free throw put the Panthers up 5-4. Landers followed with a 3-pointer to make it 8-4. 

Maryville scored 15 of the quarter's final 21 points to lead 19-14. The Lady Scots led 33-23 at halftime as Maples had 21 of her points.

In the second half, Kelsey Walthall opened the scoring to make it an eight point game. The 60-49 final score was the closest the Panthers came the rest of the way.

"Our league is very good and and it is difficult to win on the road," Buchanan noted. "We are very excited to be playing our next four games at home in front of the Panther fans."

The Panthers host Huntingdon in a USA South game Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.