Women's Basketball: Nationally-ranked Maryville spoils Senior Day for Panthers

Women's Basketball: Nationally-ranked Maryville spoils Senior Day for Panthers

Six LaGrange seniors were honored Saturday in their final game in Mariotti Gym as the Panthers took on Maryville in a USA South game.

The nationally-ranked Scots (19-3, 12-1 USA South) spoiled Senior Day with a 70-43 win over the Panthers (15-8, 9-5 USA South). The loss snapped the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Madison Barker, Bethany Howard, Hannah Landers, Morgan McDonald, Kelsey Mitchell, and Danielle Newton were honored in ceremonies following the game.

"Our senior class has had a very good career and I am proud of all six of them," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "These seniors are good students, good basketball players, but most of all great people. They're going to have keep working and leading this team and enjoy the remaining games."

The Panthers fell behind 10-0 to start the game. They cut the Scots' lead to five, 15-10, by the end of the first quarter. 

But Maryville added to its lead in each of the final three periods. The Scots scored half of their points in the game off 29 Panther turnovers.

Kelsey Walthall led the Panthers with 13 points. Lauren Johnson added nine points, while Marilauren Farr had eight points and rebounds each.

"I give a ton of credit to Maryville on how they played tonight. We just did not do enough to keep the game close," Buchanan said. "We struggled taking care of the ball and they turned that into a lot of points."

The Panthers close out the regular season next week with games at Huntingdon on Wednesday and Piedmont on Saturday.

"It is disppointing to lose our senior night, however our season is not over," pointed out Buchanan. "We have two more regular season games and will be playing the conference tournament."