Women's Basketball: Panthers cruise past Agnes Scott 68-45 to close out regular season

Women's Basketball: Panthers cruise past Agnes Scott 68-45 to close out regular season

DECATUR, Ga. - LaGrange cruised past Agnes Scott 68-45 on Sunday in the regular season final. The Panthers upped their record to 16-9 overall and 10-4 in the USA South.

The Panthers will enter next weekend's USA South tournament as the conference's hottest team with seven straight wins. The closest margin of victory during the streak has been 11 points. LC has had nine straight seasons of winning 15 or more games.

LaGrange tied with Huntingdon for the third seed in the West Division. Huntingdon won the coin toss to break the tie, sending the Panthers to Maryville College as the fourth seed for the first two rounds of the USA South tournament. LC will play Covenant on Friday at 7 p.m. with the winner facing top seed Maryville on Saturday at 5 p.m.

"A real solid win today with good contributions from everyone," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "I am really pleased with my coaching staff and the way they have helped prepare this team. Their work in practice as well as their scouting of opponents has been terrific.

"About three weeks ago we were 9-9 but my staff's work haws allowed our team to really play well. The team has focused on one opponent at a time and carried out each game with precision."

In Sunday's win over the Scotties (2-18, 1-13 USA South), Marilauren Farr had a game-high 18 points and missed a double-double by one rebound. Jeris Johnson added 10 points.

The Panthers trailed for only two minutes in the game. They led 20-13 after the first quarter and built on the lead every period. LC led 39-23 at halftime and 55-36 by the end of the third period. 

The Panthers tied a season low with only eight turnovers. Kelsey Walthall had four of the Panthers' 13 steals in the game.

"Our defense was much better today and once again we shot the ball well," said Buchanan. "We have had a good finish to the regular season and must prepare for the playoffs."