Taylor Hodges, Sports Information Director
BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Defense and easy buckets at the rim led to a win in the season opener for the Lady Lions (1-0) after defeating Blue Mountain (0-1) 58-47.
Both teams struggled to shoot from the field in the first quarter, and a buzzer beater by the Toppers gave them a 12-10 lead heading into the second period.
That second quarter is when things opened up for the Lady Lions. After shooting under 30 percent from the field in the first quarter, they were able to find ways to get easy buckets at the rim, and they took a 32-29 lead into the break, shooting over 50 percent from the field in the half.
Then, the classic Lady Lions defense showed up to start the third quarter, going on a 12-1 run to open the second half and only allowing the Toppers to score just six points in the quarter. Alyssa LeMay went on a scoring run of her own in the final 20 minutes to finish with a game-high 16 points. She added 10 rebounds to earn her first double-double of the season.
The Lady Lions were able to spread the scoring wealth around in the win with seven of the nine players who got in scoring points. Caroline Chambers and Reagen Floyd followed LeMay with 10 points each. KJ White, Sierra Morgan, Hannah Hughes and Raegan Purvine each had six.
The Lady Lions will be back on November 6 when they play their first home game of the season in a matchup against Brescia. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.