FERRUM, Va. — In dominating fashion Friday, Maryville College pushed past LaGrange College, 69-46, and into the USA South championship game.
The Lady Scots (22-5), winning their second game in as many days, led by 12 at halftime and never let LaGrange (16-11) get close in the second half.
The No. 1 seed in the USAS's North division, Maryville had struggled with fourth-seeded N.C. Wesleyan on Thursday afternoon, trailing by as much as eight points in the second half before rebounding for a 70-63 win.
Friday's semifinal game was less dramatic, however, as the Lady Scots led from start to finish, shooting 48 percent to LaGrange's 35 percent and out-rebounding the Panthers 28-23.
Oneida native Alex Bond, a starting guard on the Maryville College squad, scored in double figures for a second consecutive game with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in Friday's win. A junior, Bond had her first career double-double in Thursday's quarterfinal win, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Bond graduated Oneida High School in 2011 after a standout career with the Lady Indians, capped by co-MVP award in District 4-A in 2011.
Lecretia Robbins, a 2013 graduate of OHS, is a true freshman on the Maryville College squad.
With several members of her family — including her parents, Brett and Joyce Bond, and her son, Rylin — in attendance in Ferrum, Bond shot 4-of-8 from the field in 38 minutes of play to continue her notable play in the USAS tournament.
Maryville College was led in scoring Friday by Jordan Ballard, who finished with a game-high 17 points. Lauren Trent came off the bench to score 15 points, while Lauren Burnett added 11.
The Lady Scots won despite only a limited appearance by Mackenzie Puckett. The sophomore was named the USA South's player of the year last week after averaging 26.8 points per game in the regular season, but suffered an injury late in the season. She played only three minutes in Friday's game. Lailah Farmer, a third-team all-conference honoree, did not play due to injury.
Maryville will face USA South power Ferrum, the host school, in Saturday's championship game. Ferrum (24-2) defeated Methodist 75-62 in Friday's semifinals. The Panthers defeated the Lady Scots earlier this season. Ferrum is ranked No. 16 in the latest Division III USA Today Coaches Poll.
Tipoff of Saturday's championship game is 2 p.m. The game can be watched live online.