Lady Senators defeat Lady Vols on senior night

Published 5:19 pm Saturday, January 26, 2013

Morgan Academy’s Kendall Veach (11) shoots over Monroe’s Mary Carson Bond during Friday’s game at Morgan. -- Robert Hudson

The Morgan Academy Lady Senators closed out senior night with a 65-45 win over the Monroe Academy Lady Volunteers on Friday.

Jennifer Moore, head girls basketball coach of Morgan (8-16), said teamwork was the key in the Lady Senators’ win.

“They were really playing together, really running the fast break well, and moving the ball well on offense working the ball inside some, and that really helped put us at an advantage tonight,” Moore said. “They really played well together.”

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The Lady Senators led 28-21 at the half before Monroe’s Victoria Powell hit a 3-pointer to make it a 28-24 game early in the third.

Morgan’s Kendall Veach scored under the basket to extend Morgan’s lead to 30-24, but Monroe’s Allie Dees and Hannah Watts scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the Lady Senators’ lead to 30-28 with 4:03 left in the third quarter.

Katherine Averitt hit a free throw for Morgan and Veach stole the Monroe inbounds pass and scored on a layup to make it 33-28 with 3:34 remaining in the quarter.

Morgan kept the momentum, as senior Lauren Yeldell stole another Monroe inbounds pass and passed it to Veach, who scored under the basket and extended the Lady Senators’ lead to 35-28 with 3:22 left in the third.

Veach pushed the Morgan lead to double digits, as she hit a 3-pointer that made it a 38-28 game with 2:22 left in the quarter.

The Lady Senators continued to score in transition, as Yeldell got another steal and passed it to Averitt, who finished the fast break with a layup that made the score 40-28 with 1:52 left.

Powell hit a free throw and Brooke Higdon scored in the paint for the Lady Volunteers, but Yeldell scored two baskets to end the quarter and send the Lady Senators into the fourth leading 44-31.

The Lady Senators outscored the Lady Volunteers 21-15 in the fourth.

Morgan had 17 steals on the night.

Veach led the Lady Senators with 23 points, while Averitt had 10 points, senior Lindsey Yeldell had 9 points, and Lauren Yeldell had 8 points.

Watts led Monroe with 17 points, while Higdon had 14 points, and Dees had 10 points.