Huntingdon Lady Hawks end season in GSAC semis
LaGRANGE, Ga. – The Huntingdon women's basketball team came out strong during the early minutes of Friday's Great South Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.
But a more than 10-minute scoring lull and a dominant Maryville team proved too much for the Lady Hawks in a 74-40 loss. Maryville will try to win its eighth GSAC tournament title on Saturday when the Scots play LaGrange at 1 p.m. (Central).
Huntingdon ends the season at 16-11. Despite the disappointing ending, the season was one of the best in Lady Hawks' history. Only two other Huntingdon women's basketball teams have won as many games in a season.
"This wasn't our night. Maryville has a talented team and you can't have letdowns against them," Huntingdon coach Buzz Phillips said. "This isn't the way we wanted it to end, but our girls accomplished a lot and should be proud of this season."
The Lady Hawks opened the game with a 10-2 run and were more than holding their own against the Scots. Even as Maryville (20-6) battled back into the game midway through the first half, the Lady Hawks continued to match the Scots.
That changed in the final minutes of the half. A Raven Prater basket gave Huntingdon a 21-19 lead with 3:29 left in the first half. Huntingdon wouldn't score again until a Chelsea Graham 3-pointer with 12:24 left in the game. By then, Maryville led 44-24. The Scots took a 59-24 lead before Huntingdon scored again.
Janell Menard led Maryville with 15 points, Kiera Payne added 13 points and nine rebounds and Alex Bond and Tayler Smith each had 10 points.