Women's Basketball: Greensboro overtakes Panthers in second half for USA South win

Women's Basketball: Greensboro overtakes Panthers in second half for USA South win

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Greensboro rallied in the second half to down LaGrange 63-55 in a USA South game Monday afternoon.

"This was a really disappointing loss today and a tale of two halves," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "We played well in the first half and shot the ball well. In the second half we couldn't find the mark and our defense seemed to go away.

"When your best players don't play well or shoot well, someone had to step up. Unfortunately, we didn't have anyone who did that today."

The Panthers (10-6, 4-3 USA South) got another strong performance from freshman Marilauren Farr. Farr led the Panthers with 14 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, tying a season high. The double-double was the second straight for Farr, who has three on the season.

Madison Barker followed Farr with 10 points and six rebounds. Kelsey Mitchell had 10 rebounds and seven assists.

The two teams played to a 15-15 tie after the first quarter. The Panthers took a 33-27 lead at halftime.

Lauren Johnson's 3-pointer gave the Panthers their largest lead, 40-32, with 7:36 left in the third period. After Barker's lay up with 4:08 remaining, the Panthers hit a cold streak.

The Pride (9-6, 5-1 USA South) ran off eight straight points to take a 50-46 lead. The Panthers closed within one, 50-49, on Hannah Landers' trey in the closing seconds.

The Panthers could not regain the lead in the fourth quarter. Farr's jumper made it a one-point game, 52-51, with 5:46 left. Greensboro scored seven of its final nine points at the free throw line to seal the win.

"We are going to have to find some improvements fast because we play two more very important games against two very good teams this weekend." Buchanan pointed out.

The Panthers will be on the road Saturday and Sunday for USA South games at Ferrum and Averett.