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Hayes Scores 28 in 60-53 Loss to Pride

Hayes Scores 28 in 60-53 Loss to Pride

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A seven-man Meredith College basketball crew put together 40 minutes of solid effort in Sunday's 60-53 USA South loss to the visiting Greensboro Pride. Jessi Hayes scored an impressive 28 points to lead the Angels, and rookie Maddie Gladwell recorded seven assists as the starting point guard in only her second start on the season.

The Avenging Angels gained some early momentum with a 10-0 run late in the first quarter to push their lead to double digits, but Greensboro answered back with a pair of jumpers to close out the period down by just six.

GC's Head Coach Randy Tuggle called for his full court press, and the strategy gave the Pride a 28-27 lead with 1:05 remaining in the half. Maddie Gladwell found Hayes on the perimeter for a last second three after grabbing an offensive board to pull the Angels to back to within two heading into the intermission.

Hayes hit back-to-back field goals midway through the third stanza to edge the Angels back in front before Head Coach Melinda Campbell earned a technical foul after an aggressive foul put Kirstie King on the floor. GC's Marla Crawford missed one of her free throws, but four Meredith missteps through the next four minutes pushed the Pride lead to eight with three minutes remaining in the frame.

The physicality of the game continued, and Greensboro's full court press challenged Meredith's guards after every Pride point. But Hayes netted a quick three early in the fourth quarter, and Chandler Hines followed with one of her own, as the Angels chipped away at GC's lead.

King found Gladwell for a layup, and she and Hayes knocked down four-of-four free throws to slip the Avenging Angels back in front. But Greensboro pushed the tempo and forced five more Meredith turnovers to close out the game with a hard fought victory.

Hayes hit four three pointers for her second-best performance this season. King grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds with five points, and Amy Rhoney 9 boards with six points. Janah Hassell and Ronkeia Lewis combined for four points and as many rebounds from the bench.

The Pride's Katie Lewis came off the bench to lead the Pride with 14 points and six steals, Monica Smalls tallied a game-high 14 rebounds with two blocks.

Meredith faces the Averett Cougars Wednesday night heading into a three home game stretch to close out the regular season. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Weatherspoon Gym.