Defensive effort leads Potomac State past Frederick

KEYSER, W.V. — Lexi Carr scored a game-high 20 points and Potomac State’s defense put the clamps on Frederick and the nation’s leading scorer to pull away for a 14-point victory, 67-53 Wednesday night at Dana G. Lough Gymnasium.

Lexi Carr
Lexi Carr

The Cougars, who entered the game riding a four-game win streak after dropping the first two of the season, held a one-point lead at halftime, 32-31.

After the break, however, it was all Potomac State as the Catamounts outscored the Cougars 36-21.

Frederick’s Tamyra Laws, who missed the first two games of the season, entered as the nation’s leading scorer after averaging 29 points during Frederick’s win streak where the Cougars scored 80, 95 and 96 points twice during the streak.

Laws was held to 10 below her average, finishing with 19.

“We rotated people in and made sure she earned everything she got,” said Potomac State head coach Jim Walton. “She had four baskets in the first half and only one field goal in the second. Most of her points came on put backs and nine came from the foul line.”

Former Keyser High standout Carr scored on seven baskets and 6 of 9 from the line. Antwanye’ Parks scored 12 points in six field goals and Leah Hershberger and Miranda McNabb each added eight points. Northern High graduate Kirsten Rayner led the team with 12 rebounds and Miss had 12. Hershberger had seven assists.

Laws led Frederick by hitting five baskets and going 9 of 13 from the free-throw line. Kelli Griffith was next with 17 points and Temea Coker had 10.

“We came out with a very cold shooting performance,” said Walton, noting the team shot 24 of 82 from the floor. “Honestly, we were able to continue because our defense picked it up in the end held them to 21 points in the second half.”

Frederick drops to 4-3 while Potomac State improves to 5-1.

The Catamounts return after the Thanksgiving break and will host Mercyhurst North East on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.