No. 11 Scots earn gritty win over Williams Baptist

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WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – The 11th-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team and Williams Baptist were tied at 29-29 as the second half began but the Scots outscored the Lady Eagles, 29-16, over the final two quarters and earned a 58-45 American Midwest Conference road win on Thursday night. The Scots improved to 22-2 (18-1 AMC) and clinched a top-four seed in the AMC Championship, which will begin in early March. WBU dropped to 16-7 (12-6 AMC) with the loss.

Lyon and Williams Baptist were evenly in the first half as WBU took a 12-11 lead after the first quarter before the Scots tied the game at 29-29 at the half after outscoring the Lady Eagles, 18-17, in the second period.

WBU scored first to open up the third quarter on a bucket by Allegra Melton before Jade Giron and the Scots began to pull away. Giron knocked down a three before added four more points before a three-point play by Katie Turner gave the Scots a 38-31 lead with 1:57 left in the quarter. The Lady Eagles managed to cut the deficit to three with a quick 5-0 run but a layup by Madison Riley gave the Scots a 41-36 lead after three quarters.

Liz Henderson knocked down a three to begin the fourth quarter before WBU pulled back within five on a free throw by Kate Junkersfeld. The Scots responded with a 10-0 run over the next 2:30 to extend their lead to 15, 54-39, on another three by Henderson. The lead grew to as many as 16 on a pair of free throws by Turner with just under two minutes remaining as the Scots cruised the rest of the way for the 13-point victory.

Giron led all scorers with a game-high 17 points, while Henderson added 15 points to go along with seven rebounds.

The Scots will return to action on Saturday afternoon for another American Midwest Conference battle at Central Baptist College. Tip-off for Saturday’s game at CBC is set for 1 p.m.

For the official box score, click here.

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