LaGrange downs No. 19 Piedmont
Covington tallies double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds
LAGRANGE, Ga. -- LaGrange edged out No. 19 Piedmont, 78-76 in a game that was close throughout. Both squads came in undefeated in Great South Athletic Conference play.
The power struggle within the game was between Sada Wheeler of Piedmont and Katie Covington of LaGrange. The two stars battled to put their team in front, as Covington ended with a game-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Wheeler scored Piedmont's final nine points en route to her ninth double-double, closing with 20 points and 12 boards, eight of which were on the offensive side. She also had two blocks.
Wheeler got things started for Piedmont on the first possession with a layup. After a 4-0 mini-run by LaGrange, Amber Satterfield nailed consecutive threes to double-up the score on the Lady Panthers.
Keiondria Thompson's bucket moments later capped an 8-0 run as the Lady Lions looked to jump ahead early. LaGrange converted a three-point play and tied the game on a 3-pointer with 15:36 remaining.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Amherst 61, Farm.-State 32|
|No. 4 Calvin 86, Alma 44|
|No. 6 William Patterson 59, Rut.-Newark 54|
|No. 7 DePauw 69, Kenyon 60|
|No. 12 Mount Union 53, Baldwin-Wallace 45|
|No. 13 Franklin 75, Mt. St. Joesph 36|
|No. 16 Mary Washington 67, St. Mary's (Md.) 37|
|No. 17 UW-River Falls 56, UW- La Crosse 47|
|LaGrange 78, No. 19 Piedmont 76|
|Ferrum 81, No. 20 Greensboro 69|
|No. 21 Babson 70, MIT 41|
|No. 24 Lebanon Valley 57, Lycoming 47|
|No. 25 UW-Eau Claire 52, UW-Oshkosh 47|
Piedmont answered right back with a three of its own from Satterfield, but the momentum quickly shifted back to the home team. The Lady Panthers scored 10 unanswered points to take a seven-point lead.
The deficit was stretched to 10 for Piedmont over the next six minutes. Piedmont then went on a 9-2 run to pull within three points.
Thompson contributed with a timely basket to give the Lions a slim 43-42 lead with 45 seconds on the clock. However, the Lady Panthers buried a couple more from the charity stripe to take a one-point lead into the break.
Free throw shooting was a pivotal part of the win for LaGrange, going 25-33 from the line.
Shanice Wheeler provided a much-needed spark on offense for Piedmont to begin the second half. She hit a game-tying 3-pointer and connected on a jump shot 20 seconds later to put the Lions up by two early in the half.
The teams went back and forth the rest of the way. The second half featured three ties and five lead changes. LaGrange trailed by a point with 11 minutes to go, but went on a crucial 8-0 run.
The Lady Lions rallied using a 7-0 run to pull within a point following a pair of free throws by junior Alyssa Jones. Her jumper with 3:26 remaining again brought the deficit down to one, but Covington hit a crucial layup inside the paint to reset the lead to three.
Sada Wheeler took over for Piedmont making four consecutive layups and adding a free throw after drawing a foul on her basket with six seconds remaining. That made it a one-point game once again, but the Lady Lions forced LaGrange to go to the line, where it hit one free throw to go up two.
The Lady Lions got the ball back with four seconds left, but LaGrange stole possession before Piedmont could attempt a last-second shot.
Jones notched a double-double with a 12 points and 12 rebounds to go along with five assists. Thompson was good for 15 points, while Shanice Wheeler added 10 points, five rebounds, six assits and two steals.
Satterfield was held to nine points, all her 3-pointers early in the first half. She was held scoreless the rest of the way despite a game-high 12 attempted 3-pointers. LaGrange's bench came up with 34 points, and the Panthers tallied 18 second-chance points.