Lauren Johnson had a game-high 17 points to help LaGrange go to 4-0 on the year with a 64-53 win over Sewanee on Wednesday afternoon in Mariotti Gym.
"Tonight was a really good win over a really good," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "They have a lot of weapons and can score in bunches. I thought we played solid defense throughout the game. To hold them to 53 points is hard to do.
"Offensively, we did some good and really shared the ball. To have 16 assists on 21 baskets is outstanding. We stille are not hitting enough shots and we must start making our free throw attempts."
Johnson was perfect 3-for-3 shooting 3s and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Marilauren Farr had 12 points, shooting 4-for-6 from the floor. Austin Richardson had eight points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Sewanee (2-2) scored the game's first basket for its only lead. Johnson's first trey put the Panthers ahead to stay, 10-7. Farr's layup off an assist from Riley Chlupacek upped the lead to eight, 17-9. The Tigers closed the gap to 19-16 at the end of the first period.
In the second period, the Panthers held off each run by the Tigers at the lead. Leading 28-27, the Panthers closed the half on a 6-1 run to lead 34-28 at halftime. Johnson had two of the late baskets and assisted on a jumper by Sarah Evans.
The Panthers gradually built a double-digit lead by the end of the third period. Chlupacek's three-pointer in the closing seconds put LC up 50-38 heading to the fourth quarter. In the final stanza, the Tigers got within eight points. The Panthers answered with seven straight points to open up a 61-46 lead and take control of the game.
Sewanee shot 40 percent in the first half. The Panthers held the Tigers to 28.6 percent in the second half, making just 4-of-16 from 3-point range.
"I am real pleased with our team. They are working very hard and getting better each day," Buchanan said. "We must continue to do all the little things right and pay attention to the details of the game. There are no easy games on our schedule so we must continue to find ways to improve."
The Panthers play Berry and Oglethorpe in the USA South/SAA Classic on Saturday and Sunday in Mount Berry, Ga.