No. 12 Maryville moves to 10-0 with 74-63 win over LaGrange

No. 12 Maryville moves to 10-0 with 74-63 win over LaGrange

The No. 12 Maryville College Scots overcame a late LaGrange College rally to win the USA South contest, 74-63.

Saturday's victory gave Maryville a 10-0 record on the 2020-21 season, as the Scots have remained perfect in the conference play. MC's pair of victories over LaGrange is the Panthers' only losses this year.

"I was pleased with our will to win today," Head Coach Darrin Travillian said. "We knew it would be a battle 48 hours after the last one. I liked our late-game execution and grit. LaGrange plays very hard on both ends and had to dig down deep to find a way to get this done. We just need more toughness on the boards from the entire group."

Maryville trailed 19-18 at the 7:54 mark on a Nadia Montour, before the Scots put together a key rally.

MC held LaGrange without a field goal for 4:51, going on an 11-5 rally that featured six points by Kelley Wandell.

That rally gave the Scots a 29-24 lead that they would hold for a 36-31 halftime advantage.

Maryville's advantage grew to as many as 15 in the second half, before the Panthers would find an 11-3 run to end the third quarter. That run cut MC's lead to seven, 57-50.

The Orange and Garnet shot 42.9 percent in the fourth quarter to secure their 10th victory of the season.

"This season has been the most challenging and unique in recent history," Travillian said. "I have really enjoyed this group, as they have bonded, persevered and found ways to have success. We obviously have more big games on the horizon, but this team has already given the college community a memorable winter."

Maryville (10-0, 10-0 USA South) was paced by five double-figure scorers. Jordan Heifner led the way with a game-high 21 points, as she added five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Wandell posted 13 points, nine boards, three assists and three steals, while Shelby Hix scored 11 with four assists.

The Scots saw Courtney Carruthers tally 11 points off the bench with a trio of steals, while Klaire Varney added 10 points and five rebounds, also off the bench. Elsa Eckenrod had five points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal for a complete game, while Meredith Ward scored two points. Hannah Jones had a point for MC.

The Scots shot 38.3 percent (23-of-60) from the floor, while sinking five treys. Maryville managed 23 points off 21 Panther turnovers.

LaGrange (8-2, 8-2) outrebounded Maryville, 50-35, as 18 of those went for offensive boards. The Panthers scored 18 second-chance points to keep things close down the stretch.

Morgan Grant had a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while Jahpera McEachin had 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Breonna Glover posted a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Maryville will host Piedmont College next weekend. The Lions currently hold a 9-0 record in USA South play, as it will be a battle for first in the West Division. Tipoff is for the two-game series is slated for 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.