Women's Basketball: Huntingdon nips Panthers 55-53 in closing seconds

Women's Basketball: Huntingdon nips Panthers 55-53 in closing seconds

Huntingdon nipped LaGrange 55-53 on Wednesday in a USA South game in Mariotti Gym. The Hawks (13-8, 6-5 USA South) swept the two-game season series from the Panthers (8-12, 2-8 USA South).

"I feel so sad for our team. We played so hard and with a lot of heart but we just couldn't find a way to win the game," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "Give Huntingdon credit for hitting some key free throws in the last minute of the game. I am proud of our team and how they battled tonight. We have to continue to work and keep believing what we are doing."

Lauren Johnson tied with Huntingdon's Alex Lowery for game honors with 16 points. Sarah Evans added 11 for the Panthers. 

The two teams were called for a combined 47 fouls in the game. Huntingdon was just 16-of-33 at the line, while the Panthers were 18-of-24. The Hawks, led by Juliette Harp's 14 rebounds, held a 47-32 edge on the boards.

The game was tied 10 times and there were five lead changes. All five lead changes occured in the fourth quarter. The Panthers' biggest lead was four points early in the first quarter. Huntingdon led by as many as eight points in the third period.

Marilauren Farr layup off an assist from Austin Richardson put LC up 53-51 with 1:27 remaining. The Panthers still held a 53-52 lead, when Harp was fouled with 17 seconds left. She made both of the free throws to put the Hawks up 54-53. Johnson's jumper was off the mark with six seconds left and Harp added another free throw with one second left for the 55-53 final.

The Panthers play at West Division co-leader Piedmont on Friday, then stay on the road Saturday against Agnes Scott.