#18 Lyon beats Williams Baptist to advance to AMC semifinals

BATESVILLE, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – The Lyon College women's basketball team used is home court advantage to its favor Wednesday night, as the rowdy student section helped the Scots withstand a second-half surge by Williams Baptist College as the Scots eliminated the Lady Eagles the American Midwest Conference Postseason Tournament with a 62-53 decision in James C. Becknell Gymnasium.

The 18th-ranked Scots (24-7) captured their ninth straight victory and 17th win in their last 18 games to advance past the quarterfinal round and to a semifinal date Friday at 11th-ranked Columbia College at 7 p.m. The No. 2-seed Cougars rolled past No. 7-seed Hannibal-LaGrange University, 90-43, Wednesday in Columbia.

In other quarterfinal round action Wednesday, No. 2-ranked and No. 1-seed Freed-Hardeman University cruised past No. 8-seed Missouri Baptist University, 86-55, and No. 4-seed William Woods edged No. 5-seed Park University, 71-63.

William Woods will now visit Freed-Hardeman Friday at 7 p.m. in the other semifinal game.

Early on it appeared as if the Scots have found a tired Lady Eagle squad after WBC had to go into overtime Tuesday night to eliminate Harris-Stowe, 71-68. Lyon jumped on top 15-5 in the first 4:41 of the game and led by 15, 33-18, at the 3:44 mark of the first half.

The Scots led 37-25 at the break, forcing 10 Lady Eagle turnovers and holding Williams Baptist to 35.7% (10-of-28) shooting from the field.

But WBC fought back in the second half, going on an 11-1 run over a span of 3:55 early in the period to cut the Lyon lead to 39-36 with 15:04 still on the clock.

However, that was as close as the Lady Eagles would come, as the Scots scored nine of the game's next 11 points to take a 48-38 lead with 9:25 remaining and WBC never crept closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Lyon didn't shoot 'lights out', hitting 41.2% (21-of-51) from the field and 44.4% (8-of-18) from three-point territory. The Lady Eagles managed to convert 36.5% (19-of-52) from the field, but all 10 free throws.

The Scots forced 20 turnovers, while committing 14. And the only statistic that helped WBC stay within striking distance was the Lady Eagles' outrebounding Lyon 38-29.

Sophomore Carina Jackson (Sao Paulo, Brazil) led a balanced Lyon scoring attack with 16 points. She also added five assists. Sophomore Taylor Gaedtke (Keller, Tex.) dropped in 13 points and hauled in six boards, freshman Elliot Taylor (Cabot, Ark.) chipped in 11 points and senior Alex Davidson (Batesville, Ark.) scored nine.

Jasmine Ford was the only Williams Baptist player to score in double figures, dropping in 18. Alexus Clardy added nine points and seven rebounds.