LaGrange overcame a slow start and went on to a 77-46 USA South win over visiting Agnes Scott on Sunday in Mariotti Gym. The Panthers improved to 4-2 in the USA South and 9-6 overall.
Gracie Brunel led three Panthers in double figures with a game high 16 points. Jalaya Lewis had 14 points, with 12 coming in the second half, and five assists. Breonna Glover had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Karson Troth pulled down a game high eight rebounds, while Ema Turner dished out a game best six assists.
LC beat Agnes Scott (0-14, 0-7 USA South) for the second time this season. The Panthers won the first meeting 90-49 on Dec. 1 and now have won 23 in a row in the series. Lindsay Moore led the Scotties with 15 points, while YaMea Elliot-Allen added 10.
Coach Jasen Jonus
"We had a slow start and you could tell we've been practicing for over a week and not played. I wish we had responded better and I know we got the victory, but to be a champioonship team we have to continue to doing the little things better. For us, our defense creates our offense and if we're lazy on defense we struggle offensively. But we responded after halftime and built the lead up in the second half."
The Panthers made just 4-of 17 shots in the first quarter and found themselves trailing 14-8. Kendra Roberts, who had all seven of her points in the second period, tied the game at 19 with a 3-pointer. She followed with a short jumper to put the Panthers ahead to stay, 21-19. Bobbi Whitaker's basket inside pushed the Panthers' lead to 10, 33-23 in the closing seconds of the half. Moore hit a jumper at the buzzer for the Scotties to make it 33-25 at the break. In the period the Panthers shot 50%, hitting 10-of-20 shots.
LC continued to build its lead in the third period, mainly going inside for easy layups. The Panthers had 12 points in the paint during the period and outscored the Scotties inside 42-14 in the game. Hayleigh Reeves' trey made it a 20-point game, 55-35, with under three minutes left in the period. Bryanna Sanders completed a three-point play to make it 60-37 heading to the final quarter. Glover made one of two free throws to give the Panthers their largest lead, 75-43, with 3:44 left.
The Panthers shot 41.9% for the game, including making 6-18 3s. LC held Agnes Scott to 30% shooting and forced 18 turnovers. The Panthers had a season-low seven turnovers in the game.
The Panthers go on the road for back-to-back road games next weekend. LC plays Brevard on Friday and Piedmont on Saturday. Brevard beat the Panthers 88-82 in Mariotti Gym on Jan. 8. LC is facing Piedmont for the first time this season.