Women's Basketball: Panthers roll past Huntingdon 76-55 for fifth straight win

Women's Basketball: Panthers roll past Huntingdon 76-55 for fifth straight win

LaGrange rolled past Huntingdon 76-55 in a key USA South game Wednesday at Mariotti Gym. The win was the fifth straight for the Panthers, now 14-9 overall and 8-4 in conference play.

Huntingdon (17-6, 8-4 USA South) had beaten the Panthers 58-55 back on Jan. 4. The two teams are now tied for third in the USA South West Division standings.

"I really thought our defense was the difference in the game tonight," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "After both teams shot the lights out in the first half, we stepped up our defensive intensity in the second half and got big stops in the third quarter.

"We beat a very good team tonight and it was a very good team effort. Once again our bench was terrific and gave us a huge lift with 23 points and some key rebounds."

Marilauren Farr paced the Panthers with a career-high 20 points to lead all scorers. Jeris Johnson had 14 points and Lauren Johnson added 11.

"Farr and Jeris Johnson really played well on both ends," Buchanan said. "They were agressive with the ball on offense and did a great job limiting inside points for Huntingdon."

The Panthers trailed 26-17 in the second quarter. They finished the half with eight straight points in the final 17 seconds to grab a 37-32 lead at halftime. Lauren Johnson's 3-pointer at the buzzer provided the five point cushion.

In the third quarter, LC continued to build its lead, leading 58-40 heading to the final period. Farr's two free throws gave the Panthers their biggest lead, 70-47, with 3:38 left.

The Panthers close out the regular season with USA South road games at Agnes Scott and Wesleyan on Saturday and Saturday.