MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Huntingdon handed LaGrange its second straight USA South loss, beating the Panthers 81-61 on Saturday. The Lady Hawks (16-4, 9-3 USA South) swept the season's series from the Panthers (10-10, 4-7 USA South), winning the first meeting 72-62 on Jan. 12.
"Really tough game today against Huntingdon. It was their Senior Day and they seemed to play inspired basketball," Coach Lee Buchanan said. "Our defense had a lot of holes in it and they made a ton of shots, they shot it especially well from the 3-point line.
"We played hard and with energy but never got into the flow of the game. We are struggling to put to good halves of basketball together.
We didn't have a good game plan or prepare the right way for them and that's on me. I have to do a better job and will."
Jahpera McEachin led LaGrange with 17 points. McEachin was 5-of-7 from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Marilauren Farr followed with 16 points, making all eight of her free throw attempts. She came within a rebound of a double-double, finishing with a game-high 9 rebounds. Sadie Desroches added 10 points.
The difference in the game was 3-point shooting. Huntingdon held a 36-9 advantage shooting treys. The Panthers shot just 22.2 percent in the first half and trailed 41-26. They shot 46.4 percent in the second half and were 20-of-24 from the free throw line for the game.
The Panthers play at Agnes Scott on Tuesday in a USA South game.