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ST. LOUIS – [BOX SCORE] Just 72 hours after one of the lowest points of the year, Missouri Baptist Women's Basketball rebounded. Amanda Scott netted 15 points and led her team to a commanding 64-47 win over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) on Tuesday.
Missouri Baptist (10-15, 9-12 AMC) is a testament to the phrase 'every win matters' and got a big victory when it needed it on Tuesday as the Spartans increased its lead over Williams Baptist (Ark.) in the American Midwest Conference standings after the Eagles suffered a 20 point loss to Central Baptist (Ark.).
The Spartans trailed momentarily in the opening minutes, but rallied to take its biggest leads in the second half.
The Lady Trojans took the first lead on a bucket by Sarah Cline, but the Spartans tied it just over a minute later. Chantelle Smith tied it on a basket and Missouri Baptist did not trail the remainder of the game.
Throughout the first half, the Lady Trojans stayed within striking distance and evened the score twice in the second quarter. Up by two, Missouri Baptist fouled Brooke Kleinberg, who sank both foul shots, and tied the game at 12 with 8:33 remaining in the first half. Then, after building a six-point, 20-14 lead, Hannibal-LaGrange answered back with a 6-0 run to tie the game once more.
Missouri Baptist led 28-23 after one half of basketball and consistently built on that lead after halftime. After scoring just 28 points in the opening 20 minutes, the Spartans posted 22 points in the third quarter to take a 50-36 lead and finished strong in the fourth to secure the win.
Scott collected her second double-double of the season in the victory after having also pulled-down 13 rebounds on the evening. Shay Robinson continued her stellar play with a 13-point outburst while talented freshman Megan Fassino continued to turn heads in her first collegiate season with 11 points.
The Spartans were out-rebounded 42-38 on the night, but had nearly its best night of the season in the turnover battle. Missouri Baptist had just six giveaways in the victory, one more than its best night when the squad gave-up five on home court against Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) on December 3, 2016.
With just three games left, and the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles sitting a game and a half back with one game in hand, a matchup between the two will likely be the setting of the game that will decide both fates in the AMC Tournament. That game is set for Thursday, February 23 in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Missouri Baptist will head out for game two of its four-game road trip to end the regular season on Saturday, February 18 in a 1:00 p.m. clash against Harris-Stowe in Midtown.