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Meredith Basketball Finishes Strong to Down Piedmont 79-73

Meredith Basketball Finishes Strong to Down Piedmont 79-73

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Meredith College (8-16, 4-13 USA South) Avenging Angels pulled out of a four-point deficit in the second-half to finish off the Piedmont Lions 79-73 during tonight's Play 4Kay women's cancer awareness event. The loss ended any chance at the USA South tournament for Piedmont (9-14, 5-12 USA South).

With a nine-point Meredith lead at the break, the visitors regrouped in the locker room to come out with a vengeance in the second period. A 22-9 PC run during the first 7:58 of the second half put them in control with the clock ticking.

Avenging Angel McKenzi Edwards charged in for a layup after a Piedmont turnover to cut the lead to two, and PC's Lauren Hamel followed with one of her own.

Back-to-back jumpers inside the paint from freshman Kim Hinton, assisted by Edwards and Laquetta Hairston, helped Meredith tie the game with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

PC picked up a quick bucket before Edwards completed a play on the other end off a pass from Hairston that helped Meredith gain some momentum.

The Lions fumbled the next play to give Keyanka Bailey a chance to feed Hinton inside to put the Avenging Angels back in the lead by two. Hinton followed with a crucial offensive rebound in the next series to keep the run going for Meredith.

A pair of missteps from Piedmont nudged the Angels onto an eight-point advantage and forced a Lions timeout. Head Piedmont Coach Jamie Purdy's decision proved successful when the Lions pulled back to within one on a 9-2 surge during the next 1:29.

But solid free throw shooting led by Rah'nika Jones and Hairston combined with leadership from Edwards gave Meredith a lift to hold onto the lead for the win.

Edwards led all with 20 points, adding seven assists. Hinton and Tyler Gresham added 10 apiece with Gresham grabbing eight boards and three steals. Bailey, Jones and Bryana Holmes chipped in nine and Hairston finished with eight points, three steals and as many assists.

Hamel and Alyssa Jones led the Lions with 14 points, six assists each. Lauren Anderson netted a dozen and Mary Rush topped off the double-digit scoring with 11.

The Avenging Angels cap off the season Saturday with a USA South pairing versus LaGrange College. Head Coach Melinda Campbell and her crew will salute the seniors just prior to the 4 p.m. tipoff.