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Panther Women Beat Defending USA South Champ Maryville 65-63

Panther Women Beat Defending USA South Champ Maryville 65-63
Maggie Self had 19 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

DANVILLE, Va. -- Zarkia Mattox had 26 points and eight rebounds to lead Ferrum College to a 65-63 women's basketball win over defending USA South champion Maryville College this afternoon at the Grant Center. The game was played in second-day action at the 2016 North-South Classic, hosted Dec. 18-19 by Averett University.

Ferrum (5-5), Maryville (7-3)

The two teams were tied 15-15 after one quarter, but the Scots used a 22-10 run in the second quarter to go out in front 37-25 at the break. Haley Talbot buried a three-pointer with 4:05 left in the third quarter to give Maryville a commanding 17-point lead, 46-29. Ferrum got to within nine points at 0:17 on a Kelli Mounce three-pointer, but the Scots' Lecrecia Robbins answered with a trey to give Maryville a 49-37 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Ferrum opened the fourth with a 12-0 spurt, including five baskets by Mattox, to tie the game at 49-49 with 6:22 left. Maryville hit a pair of buckets to go up 53-49. Ferrum battled back and with just over three minutes left in regulation, Mattox stole the ball and made a layup to give the Panthers a 58-57 lead. Maggie Self drained a pair of free throws and Mounce made a jumper to push the lead to 62-57. The Scots made six free throws down the stretch and Erin March had a basket for the Panthers to make the score 64-63 Ferrum with three seconds left. Mattox closed out scoring when she converted one of two free throws.

Ferrum: Mattox 26 pts, 8 reb; Maggie Self 19 pts
Maryville: Madison Maples 18 pts; Rachel Hawn 12 pts, 8 reb

Coach Bryan Harvey's team will take a short break for the Christmas holiday, then returns to campus to prepare for its home-opener Friday, Dec. 30, against Emory & Henry College. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. at Swartz Gym.