Women's Basketball: Huntingdon edges Panthers 58-55 in USA South opener

Photo by Corey Hammett
Photo by Corey Hammett

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Huntingdon edged LaGrange 58-55 on Wednesday in the USA South opener for both teams.

Marilauren Farr led the Panthers (4-6, 0-1 USA South) with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jaide Walker had 12 points, all off of three-pointers. The Hawks (8-2, 1-0 USA South) got a game-high 16 points from Jello Weatherspoon.

"This was a very disappointing game, especially in the second half," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "I was very pleased with our energy in the first half and I we played very well. Unfortunately, the was a tale of two halves. We couldn't get going and maintain our lead to start the second half and Huntingdon played well in the second half. 

"We have a good team but seem a little on the tough luck side of things right now. We have lost five of our six games by a total of 23 points. In this league you have to have a short memory because we have two very important games this weekend at home."

LC led 21-10 after the first quarter. Farr scored eight of the Panthers' first nine points. The Panthers finished the period on a 10-2 run to build the 11-point lead.

The Hawks chipped away at the deficit, cutting the Panthers' lead to two, 44-42, heading to the final stanza. After falling behind, Lauren Johnson regained the lead for the Panthers with a 3-pointer to make it 49-48 with 6:43 left.

Weatherspoon's two free throws put the Hawks ahead to stay, 50-49, following Johnson's trey. Trailing by five, Jeris Johnson made a layup and added a free throw to make it 57-55 with 1:39 left but the Panthers could not draw any closer.

The Panthers host Wesleyan on Saturday and Agnes Scott on Sunday in USA South games.