Women’s Basketball: Panthers never trail in 61-40 win over Bob Jones

Photo by Dean Hartman
Photo by Dean Hartman

Junior forward Adreona Bowen of the LaGrange College women's basketball team finished with five points and a career-high nine rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench during a 61-40 triumph over Bob Jones on Friday evening at Mariotti Gym.

The Panthers (3-1) never trailed and extended their winning streak to three games, outscoring their last two opponents by a combined score of 125-79. Bob Jones fell to 3-4 with the loss.

Bowen recorded a game-high five offensive rebounds.

"We played well as a team," said Bowen. "We must keep working and relying on each other. I just came in with the mindset of working diligently and focusing on rebounding. I was happy to see good results on the boards and really happy we won."

Juniors Jahpera McEachin (13 points) and Nadia Montour (10 points, three rebounds) contributed in big ways to the win, while senior captain Mykelli Taylor recorded a career-high six assists.

FIRST-HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Taylor located Bowen for a top-of-the-key 3-pointer 3:48 into the game, giving the Panthers a 7-4 advantage.
  • Just over four minutes into the first quarter, junior guard Daijah Cousins recorded a steal and spotted a wide-open McEachin in transition. McEachin attacked the hoop, resulting in an old-fashioned, 3-point play, pushing LaGrange's lead up to 10-4.
  • With 3:09 left on the clock in the first, Bowen sent an outstanding high-low pass to Montour, who rose up and converted the layup, giving the hosts a 12-7 cushion.
  • On back-to-back possessions early in the second quarter, senior captain Sadie Desroches recorded assists on entry passes to Montour, as LaGrange built a 23-12 lead 2:03 into the period.
  • Taylor spotted McEachin for a right-wing 3-pointer with 2:36 left in the half, as the Panthers built a 32-17 lead. LaGrange took a 39-23 advantage into intermission on a 3-point shot by McEachin with eight seconds on the scoreboard.

SECOND-HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Taylor lobbed an over-the-top entry pass to junior forward Charley Amissah-Reyes during the first minute of the third quarter, as Amissah-Reyes converted the layup and gave the Panthers a 41-23 advantage.
  • With 3:25 left in the third, LaGrange's defense forced a 10-second violation on the Bruins. The Panthers extended their lead to 47-27 on two free throws by sophomore guard Jalaya Lewis with 2:30 on the clock.
  • Freshman forward Makayla Phillips sent LaGrange into the fourth with a 49-29 cushion, converting a second-chance layup off an offensive rebound with 25 seconds remaining.
  • LaGrange took its largest lead of the night with 2:48 left in the fourth on back-to-back foul shots by Phillips.

WHAT THEY SAID:

Panthers Head Coach Lee Buchanan: "It was a real good team win over a good Bob Jones team. We set the tone early with our defense. We focused on not letting them have easy looks and easy baskets. I was happy to play a lot of different combinations, and we got good production from a lot of different people. Adreona was a rebounding machine, which was exciting to see. Charley was everywhere, diving on the floor and guarding different players. Her energy was a huge factor."

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Panthers forced Bob Jones into 23 turnovers, while only making nine of their own.
  • LaGrange won the rebounding battle, 48-44, and held a 21-15 advantage on the offensive glass.
  • Desroches finished with four points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals, while Amissah-Reyes recorded five points and four boards. Phillips tallied four points and three boards in six minutes off the bench.
  • The Panthers held a 30-16 lead in bench points, while leading the points-in-the-paint category, 22-14. LaGrange also claimed a 15-8 lead in points off turnovers and a 14-10 advantage in second-chance points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • LaGrange improved to 3-0 all time against Bob Jones, with two of those wins coming at Mariotti.
  • The Panthers defeated the Bruins, 68-64, in 2018, while winning the 2017 matchup, 73-60.
  • Buchanan is closing in on his 100th career win for the Panthers, as he has 95 during his six-plus years on the sidelines at Mariotti.

UP NEXT:

  • The Panthers will be back in action with a 7 p.m. game against Pensacola Christian on Saturday at Mariotti.