Lauren Coleman, Staff Writer
Kevin Kim, Staff Editor
Berea 50, Lagrange 48
Berea College 16-4, 12-1 USAS
LaGrange College 11-11, 5-8 USAS
The Lady Mountaineers scrap by LaGrange for their 12th USA South Conference win
In the first quarter, Berea and LaGrange both struggled to make their baskets but Sarah Evans drove the ball to the hole; starting LaGrange with 2-0 lead. Offense begins to pick up for Berea as they go into the 2nd quarter with a 12-10 lead. Evans goes up for a layup when Isis Hill comes soaring in with the block, only for Kiley Barnard to get the defensive rebound. Barnard then rewarded her team with a raining 3-pt. jump shot assisted by Lanham Briana. Although the Panthers were getting on the board, Berea finishes strong to lead 23 to 19 at the half.
Leading into the second half, Berea held the Panthers scoreless the first five minutes of the third quarter to open up a 32-19 lead. Berea maintained its hold of the lead in the final quarter and led 47-41 with 45 seconds left. However, the Lady Mountaineers were not able to stop Daijah Cousins jumper from going in, and Then Riley Chlupacek stole Berea's inbounds pass and drained a 3-pointer to make it 47-46. With only 27 seconds left in the game, Kiley Barnard hits a layup with the assist by Briana Lanham, to finish the game. 50-48.
Briana Lanham led the Mountaineers (16-4, 12-1 USA South) with a game-high 13 points.
Mountaineers were 76.9% from the free throw line.
Up next, Berea hosts Campbellsville-Harrodsburg at the Ronald Weirwille Court, Monday, February 4th for a 6:00 P.M. start.