Lady Lions take down No. 8 Lyon in AMC Game of the Week
"Kim Mallory led the Lady Lions with 22 points and nine rebounds"
(8)Lyon College

Lady Lions take down No. 8 Lyon in AMC Game of the Week

Thu, Dec. 29, 2016 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team needed a win Thursday over No. 8 Lyon College to gain some separation in the American Midwest Conference standings and a win is what they got as they were able to secure a 61-49 victory to take home the AMC Game of the Week.

Kim Mallory led all scorers in the game and nearly reached a double-double in the process, as she put up 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the win. Taleeah Cross followed close behind with 16 points of her own while also dishing out seven assists and pulling down six rebounds in the process.

Carrie Hatchel also game up big in the match-up, as she put up 13 points, including a 2-for-5 shooting performance from behind the arc while also knocking down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

The Lady Lions (12-0, 6-0 AMC) ended the game shooting a 32 percent clip from the field compared to Lyon College (9-2, 5-1 AMC) who shot just 27 percent from the field and 26 percent from behind the arc in the loss. FHU also won the battle on the glass, as they out-rebounded the Scots 43-39, led by Mallory's nine carom's. 

Ali Tucker led the Scots on the offensive end, as she put up 14 points in the loss. Kiara Moore followed close behind with 10 points of her own while Madison Riley led Lyon on the glass with eight rebounds.

The match-up was a defensive battle from the opening tip, as both teams struggled from the field throughout the first two quarters of play. The Lady Lions shot 32 percent from the field and 29 percent from behind the arc in the first half compared to Lyon College who mustered a 24 percent shooting performance from the field while going 2-for-12 from the outside.

Despite the sluggish start for both teams, which saw things knotted up at 15 apiece following the first quarter, the Lady Lions would find success in the second quarter, courtesy of solid defensive pressure, as they out-shot the Scots 15-4 to take a comfortable 28-19 entering the break.

Kim Mallory led the Lady Lions in the first half, as she put up 10 points and pulled down six rebounds following the first two quarters of play. Taleeah Cross also came up big in the first half, as she dished out five assists to keep her teammates involved down the stretch.

The Lady Lions continued to pace the attack in the second half, as they reached their largest lead of the half in the opening minutes of the third quarter with a three-point field goal by Kim Mallory, which put FHU up by 12 at the 31-19 mark. 

The Scots; however, would not allow the Lady Lions to gain too much separation, as they were able to close the gap to three at the 41-38 mark with under a minute to play in the third quarter. However, the Lady Lions would end the quarter with a 4-0 run to take a 45-38 lead entering the final quarter of play, courtesy of two free throws by Mallory and a jump shot by Cross.

The Scots would keep things interesting in the fourth quarter, as they were able to close the gap to two points at the 45-43 mark before the Lady Lions responded in crunch time with an 18-6 run in the final three minutes to secure the 61-49 victory.

With the win, the Lady Lions move to 12-0 on the season and 6-0 in conference play. Lyon College falls to 9-2 on the season and 5-2 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions continue their road schedule Saturday, December 31st as they travel to Central Baptist College for a 1:00 PM match-up in Conway, Ark.