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Panther Women Fall To Maryville on Road

Junior Jessy Nichols
Junior Jessy Nichols

MARYVILLE, Tennessee -- The Ferrum College women's basketball team fell to non-conference foe Maryville (Tenn.) College on the road Saturday afternoon, 56-46.

Ferrum (0-8)
Maryville (7-2)

Ferrum jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in this one, and held a 16-7 lead after one quarter of play. Freshman guard Kayla Cabiness got off to an early start, scoring nine points in the first quarter alone to go along with a rebound and a steal. Jacy Marvin knocked down a trey in the first stanza to help the Panthers' cause as well. Forward Abbi Joseph scored all seven first-quarter points for Maryville. Elsa Eckenrod pulled down three rebounds in a strong first quarter effort as well.

The Scots would answer the call in the second quarter, outscoring Ferrum 21-8 in the frame and taking the advantage into the halftime break. Klaire Varney led the charge for Maryville, scoring nine points while collecting three steals. Libby Gardner was close behind, netting five points to go along with two assists in the quarter. For the Panthers, Cabiness and Marvin each knocked down a trey, and Cameron Hawkins contributed two points off the bench. Hawkins chased down two rebounds, as did Jessy Nichols.

The third quarter would fall to the slight advantage of the Scots, 13-11. Kelley Wandell played some big minutes off the bench for Maryville as she led the way in the scoring department, notching four points to go along with three rebounds. Shelby Hix recorded four points in the frame and Eckenrod added six rebounds. Marvin added five more points for the Panthers in the quarter, as did Hawkins while each collecting three rebounds. Cabiness chased down two rebounds while also knocking down a free throw.

Maryville would close out the closing stanza, outscoring the Panthers 15-11. Wandell and Hix both had strong quarters, scoring five points apiece, as Wandell added four rebounds to her line. Joseph knocked down a bucket and recorded three rebounds and an assist for the Scots. Hawkins had another strong quarter for the Panthers, adding five more points to her 12-point performance, while also chasing down three more rebounds. Arin Bunker added a bucket down the stretch for Ferrum as well, but in the end it was not enough for a Panther comeback.

Ferrum: Cabiness 14 pts, 5 reb; Hawkins 12 pts, 8 reb; Marvin 11 pts, 5 reb
Maryville (Tenn.): Wandell 11 pts, 10 reb; Gardner 10 pts, 6 reb; Varney 10 pts, 5 reb, 7 stl; Eckenrod 4 pts, 11 reb

"We played better, but not quite good enough. Much improvement though. We are going to be okay. The schedule has been tough, but we will be fine come January and February." --Head Coach Bryan Harvey

Harvey's team will be back at home to take on Averett University inside Swartz Gymnasium Monday, December 16. The non-conference affair is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.