Maryville faces off with Piedmont in close games

On January 29, the Lady Scots faced off with Piedmont’s Lady Lions in what could only be described as a close game. Maryville had a shaky start with Piedmont leading the score by 11 points within the first quarter. Piedmont held on to their lead throughout the second quarter, scoring an additional 21 points and leaving the score at 34-26 by halftime. 

Despite this, the last half of the game kicked off with a jump as the Lady Scots caught up to Piedmont within minutes. By the third quarter, the Lady Scots were back in the game with another 11-point difference. 

Junior Courtney Carruthers led the Lady Scots by scoring 18 points, while freshman Hailey Cronk led with ten rebounds, and sophomore Jordan Heifner made four assists. While they fought hard to come back, it just wasn’t enough. The Lady Lions won the game with an end score of 78-71. 

Courtney Carruthers puts points up on the board with foul shots.
 Photo by Marissa Nelson

Many fans and players were upset with the amount of turnovers. Maryville had a total of 22 turnovers, and Piedmont totaled 13. This led to the Lions making a whopping 33 points from these turnovers, while the Lady Scots only gathered nine.

After this disappointing loss, the men’s basketball team attempted to avenge the Lady Scots. The Fighting Scots tore through the starting gate and opened up the first half of the game with a lead that quickly vanished. While Maryville played well, the Piedmont Lions fought back hard, proving to be one of the closest games of the season. 

Junior Chase Ridenour led the team with 17 points, and senior Nicholas Clifton made 11 rebounds. Junior Miles Rasnick and sophomore Jekobe Coleman each came through with three assists.

The Fighting Scots’ starters are impressive, but the boys on the bench deserve some praise for this game. Maryville’s bench points more than doubled Piedmont’s 21-9. After a close game, the Scots took the win with a final score of 71-67. 

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