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Panther basketball ready to take the court

Panther basketball ready to take the court

Posted on Friday, November 05, 2021

Women's and Men's basketball season is ready to start

Basketball season begins this weekend, and student-athletes are excited to be back in action in Mariotti Gym.  

“It is that time of year for all the hard work to be shown off,” said senior forward Kyle Brown, who has averaged 10.8 points per game and shot 52.3% from the field in 36 games. “I am excited to see what the season has in store for us. We have a good group of guys to get things done.” 

Players and fans will notice something different about Mariotti when play resumes. 

“The floor was repainted recently and it looks fantastic,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kendal Wallace. 

The women’s team opens its season Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against Oglethorpe during the USA South/SAA Classic at Piedmont University in Demorest, Georgia. The men’s team begins its journey Monday with a 7 p.m. game against Pensacola Christian in Mariotti. The women’s home opener is Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Emory. 

“We are excited going into our first games,” said senior guard Jalaya Lewis. “Our coaches have prepared us for this moment, so we just have to stick to the game plan and let everything else fall into place.” 

kendal.jpgBoth programs were successful during the COVID-19-altered 2020-21 campaign. The men’s squad went 7-4 overall and 7-3 in the conference and hosted a first-round playoff game during the USA South West Division Tournament as the No. 2 seed. 

During the 2021-22 season, the men will compete in 25 regular-season games, with 12 counting toward the conference record and 10 being played in Mariotti. LaGrange was picked to place fifth in the West Division Coaches Preseason poll.  

Brown, senior guard Bershard Edwards and junior forward Zac Hill are the returning student-athletes to watch, according to Wallace. 

“I like this team,” he said. “I am not sure if we are reloading or rebuilding. We have a solid foundation with Kyle, Bershard and Zac. I have been impressed with one transfer, and a couple sophomores will make a big impact. Our freshman class is strong. We will play hard and compete from tipoff to the buzzer. It is going to be interesting to see how they perform in the actual games.” 

Brown started all 11 games in 2020-21, averaging 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds, while shooting 53.5% from the field. Edwards started all 11 games, scoring 10.5 points per game and shooting 51.1% on 3-pointers. During the first round of the playoffs against Piedmont, Hill finished with 12 points and four boards in 18 minutes. 

jasen.jpgOn the women’s side, the Panthers (8-4, 8-3 USA South) won their first eight games under new Head Coach Jasen Jonus and earned the No. 3 seed in the West Division Tournament last season. 

LC, which was selected to place fourth in the West Division Coaches Preseason poll, will participate in 25 regular-season games, 16 counting toward its USA South record and 11 taking place in Mariotti. The team returns a strong core with Lewis, senior guard Jada Brown, junior guard Gracie Brunel and junior forward Breonna Glover. 

Lewis was named to the All-Conference West Division second team last year, while Brown averaged 8.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals. Brunel tallied career-highs of 22 points and made four 3-pointers in a win over visiting Wesleyan on Feb. 16. Glover tallied two double-doubles, including career-bests of 19 points and 16 rebounds during a victory at Wesleyan on Feb. 10. 

“It is great to have a complete season, and our kids are ready to build off what they did last year,” said Jonus. “We need to take it one game at a time. It is going to be awesome having our fans back in Mariotti.” 

Campus notes  

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Congrats to Connor Allen ’22 and Houston Gaddy ’25 with LC’s Bass Fishing Club/Team for competing in their first tournament for LC. The BASS Nation qualifying event was last weekend at Clarks Hill Lake in Lincolnton, Georgia. 

The Sustainability Club will hold a clean-up project from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at Park Creek in front of Price Theater and Lamar Dodd Art Center. Participants will clean up kudzu and other invasive plants from the creek in an ongoing stream restoration project.  

The Sports Management Club will host LaGrange College Night with the Falcons on Nov. 18. Tickets, usually $78, will be available for $35, with $10 of the purchase price going to support the Sports Management Program. Visit here to order tickets. The promo code is Preston. For more information, contact Dr. Preston James, Assistant Professor of Sports Management and Business Law, at pjames@lagrange.edu. 

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Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night. 

Cultural Enrichment events 

Check LC Connect for Virtual CE events and instructions. For in-person events, all COVID guidelines apply.  

 

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MONDAY 

“Jimmy Carter, Citizen of the South” 

6:30 p.m., Bailey Room in Smith Hall 

  • Award-winning author Kaye Minchew will be discussing her most recent work on Jimmy Carter, exploring how his life in the South shaped his politics and his presidency. 
     

TUESDAY 

Resiliency – Gaining Strength Under Stress 

11:30 a.m., Corn Auditorium in Lewis Library.  

  • The Counseling Center Lecture Series explores strategies for healthy habits and strategies of managing stress while building resiliency. 

Student recital 

4:30 p.m., Callaway Auditorium 

  • Music students present a recital of vocal and instrumental selections. 

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Senior recital 

7 p.m., Callaway Auditorium 

  • Dilyn Harrington, percussionist, and Lauren Collins, soprano, present classical music selections. 

 

Sports 

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Football 
The Panthers (2-6, 2-4 USA South) celebrated Homecoming 2021 with a 29-14 win over Greensboro last Saturday. Quarterback Shedrick Lindsey threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Junior tight end De’queze Fryer caught two touchdown passes and now has scored a touchdown in eight straight games. 

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Volleyball 
The Panthers (5-18, 5-11 USA South) ended their season with a 3-0 sweep of Agnes Scott at a USA South tri-match. Junior Kirsten Boyd and sophomore Journey Oden each had nine kills for the Panthers. 

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Cross Country 
The LC cross country teams competed at the USA South Championships in Rocky Mount, N.C. last Saturday. Freshman Joseph Grubbs and senior Holly Moreland were the top performers for the Panthers. 

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Men’s Soccer 
Juniors Enrique Hernandez and Blake Webb were selected to the USA South Soccer All-Conference West Division first team. Sophomore Alex Drazic was named to the second team. 

CALENDAR 

(Please note that schedules may change due to circumstances beyond our control. Please check www.lagrangepanthers.com to confirm.) Saturday 

Football at Averett, 1 p.m., Danville, Va. 
Women’s Basketball vs. Oglethorpe, 2 p.m., Demorest, Georgia 

Sunday 

Women’s Basketball vs. Berry, 1 p.m., Demorest, Georgia 

Monday 

Men’s Basketball vs. Pensacola Christian, 7 p.m., Mariotti Gym 

Wednesday 

Women’s Basketball vs. Emory, 7 p.m., Mariotti Gym 

Video of the Week 

Mariotti Gym got a new floor just in time for basketball season. Watch this time-lapse video by film student McKinley Erves. 

 

 

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Last updated: 11/05/2021