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Eagles Control Play Down The Stretch To Defeat Panthers

Ahlia Moone drives for the Eagles.

LAGRANGE, Ga. - Bridgewater College outscored LaGrange 12-2 over the final four minutes of Monday's game to take a 68-58 victory over the Panthers.

The Eagles led by seven points, 32-25, at the half and a 6-0 spurt to start the third quarter gave Bridgewater its biggest lead. After Mary Ruth Shifflett made 1-of-2 at the foul line, Kayla Darr knocked down a 3-pointer to push the lead to double figures. Makayla Johnson added a jumper to put the Eagles up 38-25 with 7:30 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers started chipping away at the deficit and pulled to within a single point, 45-44, on a 3-pointer by Morgan Grant with 55 seconds left in the quarter. Lindsay Estes hit a short jumper before LaGrange's Breonna Glover made 1-for-2 at the foul line as the third quarter ended with the Eagles holding a 47-45 lead.

The Panthers inched ahead of the Eagles midway through the final quarter on a Jada Brown jumper, giving the hosts a 53-52 lead. Brown made 1-of-2 at the foul line to increase the lead to two before two foul shots by Ahlia Moone tied the score at 54-54 with 4:45 remaining. Sarah Evans hit a jumper to put the Panthers back on top, but Moone answered with a short jumper to tie the score at 56-56 with 4:14 remaining.

The Eagles then scored the next 12 points to pull away. Moone hit two free throws to give the lead back to the Eagles and her 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining made the score 61-56. Claire Mocarski then made four clutch free throws to push the margin to 65-56 with 1:17 left. Madison Baum added 1-of-2 at the line before LaGrange scored the final two points on a jumper by Sadie Desroches.

Moone came off the bench and posted a double-double to lead the Eagles, scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Darr hit 3-of-5 shots from 3-point range and finished with 13 points. Mocarski scored eight points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds, leading the Eagles to a 52-46 advantage on the boards. Diamond Huskey gave the Eagles a big lift off the bench in the first half when she scored all eight of her points.

Bridgewater, now 3-7 and winners of three of its past four games, returns to action Thursday when the Eagles travel to Roanoke College for an ODAC matchup.