Gritty road performance lifts Scots past LaGrange 54-48

Gritty road performance lifts Scots past LaGrange 54-48

Maryville College's Courtney Carruthers exploded for 11 points in the fourth quarter to allow the Scots to pull away for a hard-fought 54-48 USA South road victory over LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia on Saturday afternoon.

Maryville's offense was strong out of the gate in the first quarter with an 11-2 run that featured nine combined points by Elsa Eckenrod and Klaire Varney. LaGrange battled back with a 7-0 run to end the first period when Adreona Bowen dropped her second three-pointer of the season making the score 11-9 going into the second quarter.

Carruthers deposited a pair of treys in the second quarter while Elsa Eckenrod took an Abbi Joseph pass for a traditional three-point play to cap off her 10-point first half-effort. The Scots took advantage of seven first-half Panther turnovers to take a 27-24 lead into halftime. Kelley Wandell helped the Scots win the battle on the boards with eight first-half rebounds.

Maryville extended their lead to a game-high 10-points (36-26) in the first five minutes of the third quarter. LaGrange rallied back with a 46-percent shooting effort (6-for-13) and with a Jahpera McEachen three-pointer at the buzzer made the game 39-37 in favor of the Scots going into the final period.

LaGrange took a brief 42-41 lead to begin the fourth quarter before Carruthers took over with a 4-for-6 shooting effort including a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

LaGrange (6-3, 1-2 USA South) was led by Jahpera McEachen's 13 points.

Maryville (8-2, 2-0 USA South) remained undefeated in league play behind Carruther's 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting including three treys.  Elsa Eckenrod added 13 points and six rebounds while Klaire Varney had a complete effort with 10 points, five rebounds, 5 assists, and three steals. Kelley Wandell finished with a game-high 13 rebounds.

"Today was a gritty performance, which is exactly what you need on the road," stated Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian. "I was proud of our kids' toughness, especially on the defensive end. We did a nice job of sharing the ball and making clutch shots."

Maryville will continue their USA South swing in Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday. They will challenge Huntingdon College at 2:00 p.m.