Maples' strong second half, Hawn's double-double send Scots past Covenant 79-61

Maples' strong second half, Hawn's double-double send Scots past Covenant 79-61

Maryville College's Madison Maples exploded for 17 second-half points while all five MC starters finished with double-digit scoring efforts in a 79-61 USA South road victory over Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia on Thursday evening.


The visiting Scots took a 35-27 lead into the half.


Maryville took advantage of 13 Covenant turnovers in the first half. MC tallied 13 of their 35 first-half points off Covenant miscues. Maryville outrebounded the host Scots 23-15 bringing down 11 offensive boards.


MC was paced at the half by Haley Talbott's 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Rachel Hawn was dominant in the paint with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting while grabbing a game-high seven rebounds. Amber Hudgens added five points on 2-of-3 shooting including a three-pointer.


Covenant kept pace with a 40% shooting effort from the floor and a 7-for-14 success rate from long distance. Kaley Hallmark dropped four three-pointers to pace Covenant at the break with 12 points. Emma Grimes and Taylor Robinson added six and five points respectively.


A Madison Maples three-pointer, her first of the night at the eight-minute mark in the third quarter, pushed Maryville's lead to 15 points after an early 9-2 run. Maples would finish the third period with 11 points after going 4-for-5 from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Covenant pulled to within eight as the quarter came to an end with Emma Grimes and Jessica Bell combining for 15 of the Scots 21 quarter points.


Maryville closed the game with a 63% shooting effort (7-for-11) from the floor in the fourth quarter as Lauren Biliter dropped eight points on a pair of three-pointers. MC's defensive pressure held Covenant to a 6-for-16 effort to close the final period allowing the Scots to claim the 18-point league victory.


Covenant (6-10, 2-5 USA South) was paced by Emma Grimes'15 points. Kaley Hallmark added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Jessica Bell tossed in five steals and 11 points.


Maryville (12-7, 8-1 USA South) had all five starters finish with double-digit scoring. Madison Maples finished with a game-high 17 points. Rachel Hawn tallied a double-double in the post with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting while grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Lauren Biliter posted 14 points while grabbing eight boards. Libby Gardner dished out five assists while sinking a dozen points. Haley Talbott deposited 12 points while going 3-for-6 from long distance.


Maryville will return to action on Friday evening when they host Wesleyan College (Ga.). Tip-off in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium for the USA South league challenge is slated for 7:30 p.m.