ST. LOUIS, Mo. (LyonScots.com) – Winning on the road in the American Midwest Conference is a tough task every time out, no matter who the opponent. Lyon College sophomore transfer Taylor Gaedtke (Keller, Tex.) stepped up when her teammates needed her on Thursday night, hitting 9-of-13 from the field and hauled in eight rebounds to lead the Scots to their sixth straight win, a 67-51 victory over Harris-Stowe State University (7-13, 5-7 AMC) in the Emerson Performance Center.
The win, combined with Park University's 72-68 victory over Williams Baptist (10-8, 6-6 AMC) in Walnut Ridge, Ark., enabled the Scots (13-6, 9-2 AMC) to remaining in third place and maintain a one-game lead over the Pirates (10-7, 8-3 AMC) in the conference standings.
No. 2-ranked Freed-Hardeman (20-0, 12-0 AMC) kept its one-game lead over second-place and 15th-ranked Columbia College (15-5, 11-1 AMC), as the Lady Lions blew past Stephens College (0-18, 0-12 AMC), 84-19, on Thursday. The Cougars topped William Woods (13-7, 6-6 AMC), 95-56.
In the other conference games on Thursday, Hannibal-LaGrange (5-15, 5-7 AMC) topped Benedictine University-Springfield (3-17, 1-11 AMC), 70-62, and Missouri Baptist (6-13, 4-7 AMC) clipped Mid-Continent (3-15, 3-8 AMC), 75-71.
Gaedtke and the Scots won the same way they have done it the previous five games: shooting the ball well and playing tough defense. Lyon converted 15-of-28 (53.6%) of its field goals in the first half, while holding the Hornets to just 11-of-33 (33.3%), as the Scots built a 10-point lead, 37-27.
Lyon, which converted 6-of-9 (66.7%) from three-point territory in the first half, cooled slightly to 2-of-5 in the final 20 minutes, converting just 12-of-26 (46.2%) in the second half from the field. But it was good enough to pick up the win. The Scots' defensive effort in the final period was even better than the first half, holding Harris-Stowe to just 30.8% (8-of-26). For the game, Lyon made 50% (27-of-54) from the field, while the Hornets converted just 32.2% (19-of-59).
Lyon College, which won the rebounding battle, 37-33, and turned the ball over less (21-19) than the Hornets, hit 57.1% (8-of-14) from three-point territory.
Only two Scots scored in double figures. Junior Ashala Watson (Magnolia, Ark.) was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, including 2-of-2 behind the arc, scoring 10 points, to go along with three boards, four assists and a pair of steals. Senior Alex Davidson (Batesville, Ark.) chipped in nine points and junior Tami de Souza (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored seven and picked up three boards.
Freshman Elliot Taylor scored six points for the Scots, sophomore Taylor Grigg (Huntsville, Ark.) pitched in five and senior Jahnette Epperson (Denver, Colo.) dropped in four.
Harris-Stowe's Alexis Minner led all scorers, hitting 9-of-18 from the field for 24 points. She also added four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Shanique Buford dropped in 12 points and pulled down six rebounds and KeAris Vaughn chipped in seven points.
The Scots will now be involved in a huge road contest on Saturday when the Scots travel to Parkville, Mo. to battle the Pirates at 2 p.m. A win will give Lyon a two-game lead over the Pirates in the battle for third, while a loss would deadlock the two squads.