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