Posted: Saturday, 19 January 2013 6:08PM

Lady Panthers come up short against Quincy



Quincy used a big 3-pointer in the closing minute and shut down the Lady Panthers down the stretch to grab a 68-62 victory over Drury in a Great Lakes Valley Conference contest Saturday afternoon at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.

Katie Pritchard's jumper with 2:35 left pulled Drury to within one (61-60), but Quincy's Kelly Buresh buried a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:24 to go to push it back to four, and the Lady Panthers never recovered as they fell to 8-7 overall and 2-5 in the GLVC.

Bethanie Funderburk had 19 points and Pritchard finished with 17 to lead the Lady Panthers, who also got 10 points and three blocked shots from Emilie Gray.

Buresh led four players in double-figures with 15 points for Quincy, which moved to 7-7 overall and 5-1 in the league.

The Lady Hawks claimed a 37-21 advantage on the boards, with Felisha Loggins and Lucy Cramsey grabbing seven rebounds each. No Lady Panther had more than four (Sanayika Shields).

The Lady Panthers forced 22 turnovers and committed only 13, but in the end, couldn't come up with the big shot after digging themselves a hole that grew as deep as 10 points on three occasions, the last at 46-36 with 13:31 to go.

"Our lack of execution with a game on the line ... I just can't describe it," Drury coach Steve Harold said. "We forced 22 turnovers in this game and scored 30 points off those, and yet, we can't win this game. Teams that don't execute with high efficiency don't win games. Right now, the Drury Lady Panthers are their own biggest enemy."

Drury trailed 32-29 at the half, but after Pritchard hit a trey to knot the score immediately out of the break, the Lady Hawks answered with a 10-0 run to go up 42-32.

Quincy finished with 56 percent shooting from the field (25 of 45), while limiting the Lady Panthers to 40 percent (21 of 53). Drury was 15 of 17 at the free-throw line, including a 9-for-9 effort by Funderburk, who also had four of the Lady Panthers' 12 steals.

Drury returns to the GLVC road next week for games at Maryville on Thursday and Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday.

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