Huntingdon out lasted LaGrange 72-62 in a USA South game Saturday in Mariotti Gym. The Lady Hawks (11-4, 5-3 USA South) stopped the Panthers' three-game winning streak.
"This was a very tough game today against a very good Huntingdon team. They are a good defensive team and we could never get into an offensive rhythm," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "We did a nice job on the boards but missed way too many free throws. In close games you have to have a few things go right to win and we just didn't capitalize on opportunities.
"We have to learn from this game and keep working. We have three games next week so we have to bounce back quickly and be ready for the next game."
The Panthers (8-7, 3-4 USA South) were led by Jahpera McEachin's 13 points. Sadie Desroches and Marilauren Farr each had 12 points. Farr is now 10 points shy of reaching 1,000 career points. T.I. Duncan had a game-high 33 points for Huntingdon.
LC got off to a slow start. The Panthers had only one basket in the first quarter and trailed 14-7. Huntingdon built its lead to 14 points less than four minutes into the second period. The Panthers clawed back to trail 32-28 at halftime.
Desroches made a pair of free throws two minutes into the second half to put LC up 32-31. The Panthers led 42-38 after a jumper by Charley Amissah-Reyes but the Lady Hawks closed out the third quarter on a 17-6 run to lead by seven. McEachin's trey brought the Panthers within five, 64-59 with 3:07 remaining. Huntingdon held LC without a basket over the final two minutes to pull away.
The Panthers host Johnson (Tenn.) in a non-conference game Monday at 5 p.m.