DECATUR, Ga.—Agnes Scott College saw its 2017-18 basketball season come to a close on Saturday afternoon with a tough 62-52 loss to the visiting Covenant Scots. The Scotties held a lead late in the first half, but a 10-0 run to end the frame resulted in a Covenant advantage for the remainder.
Agnes Scott sees its final record at 3-22 overall and 2-12 in the USA South, finishing one spot up from their projection at the beginning of the season. Covenant (13-11, 8-6 USA South) will await the seeding announcement for the upcoming tournament.
The Scotties came to play as they did against vaunted Maryville on Friday night and held a slim 14-13 lead after the first quarter. Agnes had four of its five starters score in the opener to cause concern for the visitors.
However, Covenant came out of the second with a 10-2 run spanning three minutes to take a 23-16 advantage. Not to be outdone, Agnes Scott battled right back with a 9-0 spurt to grab a two-point advantage with 4:19 to go before the break. From there the two teams went in opposite directions as the Scots scored the final 10 points of the period, while Agnes struggled to keep possession in the half court.
Covenant was able to expand its lead to 16 points with just over five to go in regulation, the longest lead either team had in the game. Agnes Scott's Banks was able to steal the ball and put in the layup twice in the final minute to trim the lead to 10 before the final horn.
Jessica Bell (Coral Springs, Fla.) fill the box score with 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Scots. Kaley Hallmark (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was solid as well with 14 points, seven boards and four assists. Bekah Walter (Orlando, Fla.) put up 13 points, much of it coming in the first half during Covenant's big run.
Joanna Smith (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Taylor Robinson (Asheville, N.C.) were held to four points combined after totaling 48 points between them in the first meeting two weeks ago.
Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.) led an efficient charge for the Scotties with 15 points and nine rebounds. She finished one block short of tying the program's career mark in the category. Banks, playing in her final collegiate game, had 12 points and three steals. Anna Weimerskirch (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Jane Lado (Louisville, Ky.) were also in double-figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Much of the watch this weekend was set on the sensational sophomore forward Grant, who had a chance to break several school records in the Scotties' final two home games. On Friday night against Maryville, Grant set the single-season record for points in a season with 13 against the Scots. She also moved into the top five in blocks, points, and rebounds with a pair of solid games.
Coming into the contest, Grant had already set season records in rebounds and blocks.