Lawrence, Perry provide highlights for Panthers in LEC loss
KEENE, N.H. – A late run allowed the Keene State Owls to get by Plymouth State University 76-54 in Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball at Spaulding Gymnasium.
The Panthers now stand at 6-10 (0-6 LEC), while the Owls, who received votes in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, improve to 14-1 and a league-best 4-1 in the LEC.
Junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) connected from inside on consecutive possessions for the Panthers, cutting the Owls lead to 53-46 with 7:14 left in the game, but the hosts responded with a 23-8 run to close out the win.
Senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) opened the scoring for the Panthers, connecting on a three-pointer in the first minute of action. Perry connected again from long-range to put the visitors up 6-4 in the early going. Junior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) and classmate Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) combined to score the next five Panthers' points, but a jumper at the buzzer by freshman Valerie Martin (Derry, N.H.) put the Owls up 12-11 after the first quarter.
Keene State scored four quick points to start the second quarter, before PSU freshman Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) connected from deep. Keene State sophomore Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) countered with a triple of her own, but the Panthers came back with interior baskets from Perry and freshman Kailyn Aguiar (Acushnet, Mass.) to cut the Owls lead to 19-18 with 7:26 left in the first half.
Keene State followed with a 10-0 spurt, including threes from Vital and senior Kelsey Cognetta (Stamford, Conn.), to go ahead 29-18, but the Panthers continued to hang around and a layup from freshman Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) and a triple from Lawrence in the final minute of the period left PSU down 35-25 at the half.
Lawrence connected from long range to cut the Owls' lead to 39-32 with 6:37 left in the third quarter, but the Owls responded with a 6-0 run. Aguiar and Wyland combined for five straight points for the Panthers, but a free throw from Keene State junior Stephanie D'Annolfo (Tyngsborough, Mass.) put the hosts up 49-39 to close out the third quarter.
Lawrence opened the fourth quarter with another three-pointer, and Wyland's two layups left Plymouth State down 53-46, setting up the Owls' game-clinching run.
Lawrence finished with a team-best 14 points, while Perry added 12. Wyland chipped in with nine points and five rebounds.
Keene State was led by D'Annolfo, who had a game-high 16 points to go with 10 rebounds. Junior Amanda Petrow (Methuen, Mass.) also finished with a double-double for the hosts, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Cognetta and Martin added nine points apiece.
Plymouth State outshot the Owls from the floor and from long range. PSU finished at 43% (20-of-47) and 38% (6-of-16) from deep, while KSC shot 36% (29-of-81) from the field and just 22% (5-of-23) from behind the arc.
Plymouth State will look to stop its current four-game slide on Saturday, when the Panthers travel to Rhode Island College for another LEC contest (1:00 p.m.). Keene State will also be on the road Saturday, traveling to UMass Dartmouth for a 1:00 p.m. conference game.
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