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King/Schuh Lead Angels in 56-50 Victory Over Rival Pacers

Kirstie King focused on her shot

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball Angels controlled all four quarters in Wednesday night's rematch with the William Peace Pacers to capture a 56-50 victory over the local rival. Kirstie King and Kimberly Schuh shot a combined 63 percent from the field to lead MCBB to their second consecutive win and third in the last four.

Meredith opened the game with a two-shot administrative technical foul, courtesy of the Pacers, but missed both. But King hit all six attempts from the field and Schuh both of hers in the first quarter to jumpstart a 19-13 lead over WPU. The rim was slightly less forgiving in the second frame, but Meredith entered the locker room at the half still up by seven. 

The Avenging Angels endured a nearly two and one half minute scoring drought early in the third stanza but managed to maintain a double-digit lead. Brittany Preston dropped in a pair of free throws to interrupt the series, and Janah Hassell found Trinity Packer inside for a layup to give the Angels their largest lead of 13 midway through the quarter. Schuh would make one layup during the next four minutes, and Head Coach LaQuanda Quick called for a timeout to settle her team.

King drew a foul on Pacer Mikayla Ray but missed both bonus shots, and a foul on the other end pulled WPU to within one. Deja Umstead evened the score at 42 before time expired to give the energetic crowd a thrilling fourth quarter.

Both teams struggled to score early in the fourth frame, but King finally lifted the cloud hitting both free throws after Ray's fourth foul. Schuh followed with a three-point play to place MCBB back in front 47-44 with 6:27 left in regulation. Schuh picked up a steal at the midway point, and Preston finished the play with two inside. Hassell drove in for two more with just under four minutes to maintain the pressure and force a Pacer timeout.

The King-Schuh duo finally made another appearance with 2:31 left on the clock and a six-point MCBB advantage. The Pacers started to feel the pressure and pulled to within three with less than a minute remaining. But Madison Gladwell swished a pair of free throws to seal the deal. Peace missed several desperation jumpers, and Schuh finished off the game with a bonus point to give the Angels an awesome win in front of a terrific Meredith crowd.

Schuh finished with 20 points, 10 boards, and King recorded 16 and four with four assists. Gladwell notched eight apiece, and Preston grabbed seven rebounds with four points. Caroline Coleman struggled from the field but dished out a pair of assists.

Ray led Peace with 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

The Avenging Angels hit the road this weekend to face off with Salem Saturday afternoon and follow with East Division leader Greensboro next Wednesday.