Hawn, Talbott, Maples lead MC past LaGrange, 74-60

Hawn, Talbott, Maples lead MC past LaGrange, 74-60

Maryville College earned its 10th consecutive victory over LaGrange College in the past four seasons on Friday night, as they used a second quarter surge for a 74-60 USA South win.

Maryville moves the all-time mark against the Panthers to 42-2, as they haven't given up a loss to LaGrange since 2014.

A trio of Scots tallied 15 points in the victory, as Madison Maples, Haley Talbott and Rachel Hawn each crossed that plateau in the key USA South victory.

The first quarter would end in a 19-19 tied between the Scots and the Panthers. Both teams shot nearly 50 percent for the quarter, as LaGrange held a key advantage within the paint.

The Panthers scored 14 of their 19 points within the key, as the Scots could only muster six points down low. Four Maryville miscues would also fuel five points for LaGrange during the first stanza.

Through the first 4:15 of the second quarter, it would be all Maryville, however. The Scots would go on a 14-2 run to open the quarter, while shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Talbott had six points in the run, as Maples added three.

The early run would push MC to a 33-21 lead. They would ride that rally to a 42-29 halftime score, while outpacing the Panthers, 23-10, in the second quarter.

Maryville shot 4-of-7 from 3-point range during that quarter to gain the lead behind Talbott's 12 first-half points. The senior was 4-of-6 from long range to lead Maryville, as the Scots did not allow a single turnover during the quarter.

Marilauren Farr led LaGrange with 16 points at the half, with both squads shooting better than 48 percent from the floor.

Maryville withstood an early run by LaGrange, as Riley Chlupacek came out of the locker room hot. She went 4-of-4 in the first three minutes, including a 3-of-3 effort from 3-point range. She scored 11 points in the early part of the quarter before going cold.

The Scots would extend the lead to as many as 21, before taking a 65-47 lead into the final quarter.

LaGrange would make a rally in the fourth quarter, cutting Maryville's lead to as low as 11 with 2:43. The Scots would hold on, however, as Talbott tallied a trey with 24 second left to end the threat. Maryville would take the win, 74-60.

The Scots (10-7, 6-1 USA South) shot 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the floor, while posting nine treys at a 34.6 percent clip.

LaGrange (6-7, 1-4) outshot Maryville with a 26-of-48 performance (54.2 percent) as a 3-of-12 effort at the charity stripe hindered their comeback.

Hawn had 15 points and six rebounds while shooting 7-of-10, while Maples added 15 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists. Talbott hit five treys on the night to go with a pair of assists and a pair of boards, as Amber Hudgens came off the bench with eight points and two rebounds.

Elsa Eckenrod and Kelley Wandell each had six points, while Wandell added two rebounds. Libby Gardner had four points and five assksts, while Lauren Biliter tallied four points, four rebounds and four assists. Transfer Klaire Varney posted her first Maryville College points after joining the squad over Christmas break with a free-throw and five assists in the victory.

For LaGrange, it was all Farr who had 22 points and seven rebounds. She was 10-of-15 from the floor, while Chlupacek added 14 points – all of those in the second half.

Maryville will look next to face off with Huntingdon College tomorrow. Tipoff in Montgomery, Ala. is set for 2 p.m. Central, 3 p.m. Eastern.