Second half surge sends Scots past No. 10 Transylvania 75-67; MC's Klaire Varney deposits a game-high 32

Second half surge sends Scots past No. 10 Transylvania 75-67; MC's Klaire Varney deposits a game-high 32

A strong second half surge propelled the Maryville College Scots past No. 10 ranked Transylvania University by the score of 75-67 at the Pat Deacon Classic in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday evening.

The host Pioneers took a 43-33 lead into the half with Klaire Varney depositing 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting for the Scots.

MC began their rally in the third quarter trailing by 17 before Varney exploded for 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting that included a trio of treys.

Going into the final stanza Maryville trailed only 59-54 before out-scoring Transy 21-8 in the final quarter. The Scots' defense held their tournament hosts to a 14-percent shooting effort (2-of-14) including a 0-for-9 from beyond the arc. MC's Elsa Eckenrod fortified the Scots' 50-percent shooting in the final period going 5-for-6 from the floor for a dozen points off the bench.

"I'm very proud of my girls tonight," stated MC Head Coach Darrin Travillian. "We finally started getting stops and boards in the second half, and things opened up offensively.This was a great comeback against an outstanding team. I'm proud of the contributions we got from our entire roster."

Transylvania (3-1) was paced by Grace Shope's 20 points while Ashton Woodard and Shelby Boyle deposited 16 and 14 points respectively.

Maryville (5-1) was led by Klaire Varney's game-high 32 points. The junior went 12-of-20 from the floor including five three-pointers while also bringing down a game-high nine rebounds. Elsa Eckenrod added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting while Shelby Hix tossed in 10 points in the paint. Abbi Joseph contributed seven points while grabbing four boards and dishing out a trio of assists.

The Scots will conclude action at the Pat Deacon Classic on Saturday taking on Southern Virginia University. The Knights (5-1) defeated Redlands 79-71 in opening round action on Friday.