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Basketball Opens with Hard 50-45 Fought Loss to Former USA South Foe

Katherine Holmes on the wing

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball Angels opened the 2018-19 season with a 50-45 loss to former USA South foe Ferrum College, but three players recorded career-best performances on the night. Katherine Holmes led the game with a career-high 15 points, and Trinity Packer grabbed a career-best and game-high 12 boards.

Janah Hassell recorded a career-high 10 points off the bench for the Avenging Angels, adding four rebounds and three assists.

The Angels held a 15-9 first-quarter lead but the Panthers recovered on 53.3 percent from the floor in the second stanza to take an eight-point advantage into the break.

Meredith shut down the Panther three-point effort in the third quarter to trim their deficit by two and made gains in the final frame with help from 4-4 shooting from Holmes. Ferrum failed to score for nearly four minutes during the period, but the Angels' would not take advantage. A dry spell of nearly three minutes on their own offensive end allowed Ferrum to stay in the lead 44-40. An offensive rebound and putback by Holmes ended the break, but Meredith would not score again until a three-pointer from Holmes in the final seconds of regulation.

Kimberly Schuh recorded eight points, nine rebounds, and Packer notched six points inside. Rookie Caroline Coleman dished out five assists, adding four points, and Kirstie King recorded five boards with a pair of free throws.

Ferrum's Kelli Mounce led the Panthers with 10 points, and Kelsey Mosley dropped in eight points with six rebounds.

MCBB hosts the Roanoke Maroons Saturday in a 2 p.m. non-league contest. Follow Dennis Cox on the live stream.