The Maryville College women's basketball team fell to a tie for second place in the USA South Western Division standings with a thrilling 76-74 loss in double-overtime to Piedmont College in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Piedmont's Carly Shields helped the Lions shoot 50% from the floor in the first quarter going 3-for-3 for seven points. Maryville managed only a 30% shooting effort from the floor but Kelley Wandell's seven points on 3-of-4 free throws kept the Scots close. At the end of the first period, Piedmont paced the challenge 19-15.
Maryville's defense came alive in the second quarter forcing the Lions to shoot on 12% (2-of-16). The Scots outpaced Piedmont 16-7 in the second stanza behind eight points from Rachel Hawn and six from Madison Maples.
The Scots went to the intermission with a slight 31-26 advantage.
Maryville extended their lead to only two points following the third quarter. MC's Madison Maples went 3-for-4 from the floor including a pair of three-pointers. Piedmont rallied behind Carlie Shields' six points on a pair of treys and four points each by Dakota Sullens and Brittany Walker.
A pair of three-pointers by Maples and Lauren Biliter gave MC a 53-47 advantage early in the fourth period. Another long-distance shot from Maples and a jump shot by Rachel Hawn put the Scots up by 10 (58-48) with 6:23 remaining. A trio of fouls and four turnovers allowed Piedmont to take advantage of key free throw opportunities. The Lions tied the game 62-62 on a Carlie Shields three-pointer with under a minute remaining. The clock ran out forcing extra league play.
In the first overtime, a key basket and defensive rebound by Lauren Biliter kept MC to within one possession. With 11-seconds remaining, Coach Travillian drew up a play during a timeout. The Scots fed Biliter and the senior dropped a game-tying trey with five seconds left forcing another overtime period.
Piedmont's Carly Shields dropped a jumper and a three-pointer before Amari Price sealed the win with a late layup. Maryville rallied with a pair of baskets by Biliter and a three-pointer by Haley Talbott but MC could not find any last second heroics.
Piedmont (17-3, 8-2 USA South) was paced by Carlie Shiel's game-high 24 points. Shields hit 8-of-16 shots including five treys. Dakota Sullens finished with a double-double posting 17 points and 10 rebounds. Brittany Walker also had a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Amari Price added 13 points.
Maryville (12-8, 8-2 USA South) was led in scoring by Madison Maples. The senior hit 7-of-16 shots including five three-pointers. Lauren Biliter added a double-double effort with 15 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Rachel Hawn also finished with a double-double after a 13 point, 10 rebound afternoon. Libby Gardner added a game-high six assists while Amber Hudgens and Klaire Varney each hauled down seven rebounds. Kelley Wandel added nine points on 3-of-7 shooting in the post.
"We made some unforced errors and took some poor shots late in the game and that proved to be a recipe for disaster today," stated Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian. "We had a ten-point lead with five minutes to go and found a way to not get it done today."
Maryville will look to rebound on Sunday. The Scots will host LaGrange College at 2:00 p.m.in MC's Cooper Athletic Center.