Scots can't hold off late Sewanee rally, 66-59

Scots can't hold off late Sewanee rally, 66-59

Six Scots combined for a 16-1 in the third quarter, but it wouldn't be enough to hold off a late Sewanee rally with Maryville dropping their opening game of the season, 66-59 in Danville, Ky.

Sewanee jumped to a 13-8 lead on a pair of Sue Kim free throws with 4:39 left in the first quarter, before a Madison Maples' trey at the 4:04 mark from Amber Hudgens cut it to two, 13-11.

Bella Taylor and Bella Bombassi would lead the Tigers on a 6-0 run for a 19-11 lead. Lauren Biliter would knock down a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining for a 19-14 score at the end of the first quarter. Sewanee was shooting 60 percent after the opening stanza.

A pair of Haley Talbott jumpers and a Rachel Hawn lay-in to open the second quarter in the first three minutes would cut the score to three, 23-20.

The Tigers would make it a seven-point ball game with 2:44 showing in the second, as back-to-back treys from Maples and Biliter kept Maryville within striking distance at 34-30.

Hawn's lay-up and Talbott's free-throw would cut it to one, 34-33, before a Tiger buzzer beater with two ticks left would make the score 36-33 at the break.

The Scots' defense cut Sewanee's shooting percentage to 50 at the break, as Maryville matched them and stayed consistent. The Tigers went 14-for-28, as MC was 13-of-26.

Six treys aided MC, as they tallied a 46.2 percent mark from beyond the arc. Maryville held Sewanee to just an 18.2 percent effort from 3-point range

The Scots gave up eight turnovers, as the Tigers converted those into 11 points, while dominating the paint, 22-8.

Maryville was led by Talbott's 13 points, while Biliter added eight. Sewanee saw Hannah McCormack (10) and Taylor (15) combine for 25 of the 36 points for the Tigers.

Kim would open the second-half with a 3-pointer, before Maryville used an 8-0 run from Amber Hudgens, Biliter and Maples for their first lead since a 6-4 lead at the 7:10 mark in the first quarter.

Kelley Wandell, Elsa Eckenrod, Biliter and Talbott would make it a 16-1 march, holding Sewanee without a field goal over a 6:31 stretch. With 2:51 showing in the third, Maryville held a 49-40 lead.

The Scots would ride that for a 53-45 advantage going to the fourth quarter.

Sewanee would turn the tables in the fourth quarter, going on a 10-2 run that included eight straight. The Tigers would tie the game, 55-all, at the 6:31 mark in the fourth quarter behind Taylor's trey.

A Kim free throw would give Sewanee the lead with 4:36 left in the game, before Maple's trey four seconds later would give MC the lead again. McCormack would knot it at 58 with a lay-in, as both teams went scoreless over the next 1:38.

Taylor would use a jumper at the 2:37 point for a 60-58, before a pair of charity tosses from McCormack would ice the game with 20 seconds left for a 66-59 victory.

Maryville (0-1) was led by Biliter's 16 points and five rebounds. Talbott added 15 points, while Maples tallied 12 on four treys. Libby Garnder, Hawn and Wandell each had four points with Garder tallying five assists.

Hawn led MC on the boards with eight, while Wandell added five. Hudgens and Eckenrod each had a pair of points for Maryville, as Hudgens added seven rebounds.

Sewanee (1-0) saw Taylor score 23 points with six boards and two assists. McCormack had 14 points, while six Tigers had at least five rebounds.

Maryville shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52), while bucketing nine treys. Sewanee show 40 percent (22-of-55) with six 3-pointers and a 16-of-20 effort from the charity stripe. Maryville was 10-of-22.

The Scots will look next to face host school Centre College tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 18. Tipoff for the matchup against the Colonels is slated for 3 p.m.