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Women's Basketball Comeback Falls Short At LaGrange

Cosette Kirsch
Cosette Kirsch (Photo Credits: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)

LAGRANGE, Ga. -- The Covenant women's basketball team's comeback fell short at LaGrange, 72-65, on Wednesday evening from inside Mariotti Gym.

Hannah Monday paced the Scot offense with 19 points to go with eight rebounds, two blocks, and an assist and steal.

Ruthie Moore pitched in with 18 points and a team-leading nine boards. Cosette Kirsch rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and led the team with seven assists.

After a back and forth first quarter LaGrange (7-5, 2-3 USA South) used a 6-0 run to take a 22-15 lead after the opening period.

Covenant (5-8, 2-2 USA South) then cut the lead to three with a Moore 3-pointer with 4:50 to go before the half. The Panthers answered with a 12-2 spurt to end the half and take a 40-26 lead into the break with the help of four 3-pointers in the second. 

In the third, the two teams were able to trade buckets but another Moore three cut the lead to 11 heading into the final period.

In the final period, Covenant went on a 10-2 run in just under three minutes to trim the lead to five with two minutes to go. The Panthers answered with a 7-2 run to stretch the lead back to 10 in the final minute to put the game just out of reach. Kirsch hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer off a Maro Koby assist to bring the final to 72-65.

Koby threw in nine points of her own to go with seven rebounds and a pair of assists.

Jahpera McEachin led the Panthers with 16 points and Mykelli Taylor had 11. Dejah Cousins wrapped up the double-digit scorers for the game with 10 points in the balanced scoring attack. Cousins paced the team with seven assists and Adreona Brown led the team with four boards.

LaGrange went 27-for-56 (48.2 percent) from the floor including an efficient 53.8 percent (7-for-13) from 3-point range. The Panthers shot 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

The Scots shot 23-of-50 (46.0 percent) overall and 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) from distance. The Scots shot 80 percent (12-for-15) from the charity stripe, led by Moore who went 4-for-4.

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The Scots return to the Mountain on Saturday as they take on USA South rival Maryville at 2 p.m.

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