Piedmont pulls away in second half to defeat Scots 61-48

Piedmont pulls away in second half to defeat Scots 61-48

A tough second half allowed the visiting Piedmont College Lions to pull away and defeat the Maryville College Scots women's basketball squad on Saturday afternoon by the score of 61-48.


Behind an eight-point first quarter by Klaire Varney, Maryville earned a 15-13 advantage despite the Lions hitting 58% from the floor (7-for-12). MC connected on a 31% rate while outrebounding the Lions 12-4.


Piedmont pulled away in the second quarter out-scoring the Scots 19-14. Elsa Eckenrod deposited half of MC's points (7) while going 2-for-4 from the floor.


At the intermission, Piedmont posted a 32-29 lead.


Maryville relied on their bench of Brooke McCurdy and Kelley Wandell to drop 13 of the Scots' 16 points of the third quarter. McCurdy went 2-for-4 with a pair of treys while Wandell sank 5-of-6 free throws. The Scots finished 3-of-14 (21%) for the quarter.


Both teams struggled in the final period as Piedmont out-scored the Scots 12-0. Piedmont went-5-for-15 from the floor while MC could not connect on their 15 attempts.


Piedmont (20-5, 14-2 USA South) finished shooting 48% from the floor for the game (25-for-52) behind Amari Price's 20 points. Rachel Irby added 11 points while Ashlyn Ellison deposited 12 points off the bench. Hope Franklin paced the Lions with 11 rebounds while adding eight points.


Maryville (12-13, 10-6 USA South) finished the regular season fourth in the USA South Western Division standings. MC finished the game hitting 23% from the floor (14-for-60) while going 8-for-30 (26%) from beyond the arc. Klaire Varney led the Scots with 13 points while Elsa Eckenrod tossed in 11. Kelley Wandell paced MC on the boards with 10 while adding seven points.


MC will await the release of the final USA South seedings. The Scots should host a league tournament first-round game on Wednesday, February 13th. A release will be issued once the conference determines their matchups.