Second-quarter surge, Hudgens send Scots past Panthers, 60-51

Second-quarter surge, Hudgens send Scots past Panthers, 60-51

The Maryville College Scots used a huge second quarter before holding off a second-half Ferrum College rally on Saturday evening, as MC came away victorious, 60-51.

The two school played Saturday as part of a cross-divisional USA South tournament held in the Scots' Boydson Baird Gymnasium. Piedmont College defeated Averett University, 81-76, as both contests ranked non-conference matchups.

Maryville used a 10-0 run across the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter to take their second lead of the game since the opening 3-0 advantage. A trey from Ferrum's Maggie Self would stop the rally, before the Scots would extend it to a 22-3 march with a 12-0 run after that.

MC shot 8-of-16 (50 percent) in the second quarter – including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc – while outscoring the Panthers 20-7. The Scots held Ferrum to a 21.4 percent effort in the quarter (3-of-14), while outrebounding their Virginia counterparts, 13-6.

The Panthers would rally in the second half, going on a 17-5 run of their own for a 39-34 score. Zarkia Mattox accounted for 11 of those points, while Erin March added the additional six. Ferrum would pull to within four for a second time, before a Maryville 11-0 run late in the third into the fourth quarter would end the threat.

The Scots (3-6) were led by Amber Hudgens' 19 points. She added seven rebounds, two steals and an assist while shooting 6-of-9 from the field with a trio of treys.

Madison Maples had 12 points, while Haley Talbott added nine points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Rachel Hawn had eight points with seven board and three blocks, as both Libby Gardner and Kelley Wandell had four points and two assists. Wandell added five rebounds, as Gardner tallied four steals.

Lauren Biliter and Holland Jerrolds each had two points, as Biliter added six rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Maryville shot 37 percent (20-of-54) from the floor, while going 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

Ferrum (3-4) shot 22-of-57 (38.6 percent) on the night, while connecting on 12.5 percent (2-of-16) from three-point range.

Mattox led the Panthers with 30 points, nine rebounds and six steals – leading each category – while tallying an assist and a block. Self had nine points, as March added six points and seven rebounds.

Maryville will look next to the second day of the tournament. Ferrum will play Piedmont College at 1 p.m. inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium, before the Scots will face off with the Averett University Cougars at 3 p.m.