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Senior day block party helps Maryville reject Piedmont

MARYVILLE -- The Maryville College Scots welcomed Piedmont College to Boydson Baird Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon in an effort to extend their five game winning streak and complete a season sweep over their fellow GSAC competitors. The Scots, behind a nine block effort, defeated the Lions 59-56.

Maryville (16-6, 12-1 GSAC) opened the game in quality fashion, jumping out to a five point lead off of a quick 3-for-3 from 3-point range run. Janell Menard and C.J. Dake paced the Scots, each scoring eight points in the first half as the orange and garnet extended their lead to 13 over the visiting Lions. Piedmont (19-4, 11-3 GSAC) was able to overcome the early hole, however, behind a 15 point, 10 rebound effort from Sada Wheeler. The Lions closed the half with a 10-2 run to cut Maryville College's lead to 27-22

The second half opened with Piedmont continuing their strong play, using a combination of turnovers and blocks to turn their halftime deficit into a one-point lead at the 13:54 mark off a Keiondra Thompson free throw. This would be the Lions' first lead since 37 seconds into the game. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Maryville (16-6, 12-1 GSAC) used an eight point run to extend their second half advantage to ten points. Kiera Payne helped lead the charge with 10 points, while Menard contributed another 12 to the cause.

The Lions made a brave attempt at yet another comeback, getting within two points after a bucket by Wheeler made the score 55-53. The Scots, through their strong free throw shooting, were able to withstand the charge, going seven of eight from the line in second half to close out the game with a 59-56 victory over the visiting Lions.

Wheeler closed the game with a 26 point, 19 rebound to lead the Lions while also contributing seven blocks to the cause. Thompson added 12 points, while Shanice Wheeler led Piedmont with six assists in their losing effort.

Maryville was paced by a 20 point game from Menard, while lone senior C.J. Dake added 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Payne added another 13 points while going 4-4 from the free throw line.

The Scots have a quick turnaround, taking their winning streak on the road to Winston-Salem, NC to face the Salem Spirits at 4:00.

Source: Maryville College Athletics Department

Published February 11, 2012

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