SEWANEE, Tenn. - Senior Marilauren Farr and sophomore Jahpera McEachin combined for 37 points to lead LaGrange to a 62-55 win Wednesday in Juhan Gymnasium. The Panthers (8-6) won their third straight game and picked up their first road win of the season.
"Today was a very hard played game against Sewanee team. The first half we played very inconsistent but the second half we locked in and played our brand of basketball," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "We did a super good job with our defense in the second half, giving up only 25 points. I thought our defense and rebounding really was the difference in the game."
Farr had game-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds. She became the first Panther since Katie Covington in 2011 to have three straight double-double games. Farr has six double-doubles on the season and 19 for her career, two behind Covington's career leading 21. She is 22 points shy of becoming the fifth LC women's player to reach 1,000 in her career. McEachin followed Farr with 18 points, 9 coming in the first quarter.
"Even though they double teamed Marilauren most of the game, she still found a way to get open and score. Her scoring and rebounding have been really good the last few games and that is good to see," said Buchanan. "Jahpera had a very good game as well. It was a quiet 18 points but she played with tremendous energy on both ends of the court. When you have an inside player and an outside player have great shooting games, on the same game, you give yourself a chance to win.
"I'm very happy for our players, they have been working very hard and learning how to play together very well."
LC led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, finishing with a 21-13 lead at the end of the period. Sewanee (6-8) rallied in the second period to take a 30-29 halftime lead.
Jahpera's jumper put LC ahead to stay, 37-36, with 3:58 left in the third quarter. Farr's layup gave the Panthers their largest lead of the second half, 52-43, with seven minutes remaining. LC's final nine points came from the free throw line. After shooting just one free throw in the first half, the Panthers made 19-of-23 in the second half. The 20 free throws made tied a team season-high, while the 83.3 percentage from the line was the second highest.
Sewanee was held to 29 percent shooting in the game. The Tigers were just 4-for-30 from 3-point range. With Farr leading the way, the Panthers had 47-37 edge in rebounding.
The Panthers host Huntingdon in a USA South game Saturday at 4 p.m.