DEMOREST, Ga. -- Aleigha Williams scored 20 points for the second time this season, but the Covenant women's basketball team fell to Piedmont 81-59 on Friday evening in USA South action.
The loss snaps a three-game win streak for the Scots (11-12, 5-8 USA South).
Williams went 7-of-14 from the field with four 3-pointers to go along with five rebounds. Kaley Hallmark added nine points and three assists, while Emma Grimes came off the bench to score eight points. Joanna Smith contributed six points and six rebounds and Rachel Price also collected six rebounds. Jessica Bell dished out a team-best four assists.
Covenant got off to a good start by scoring the first five points of the night. Williams knocked down a 3-pointer on Covenant's opening possession and Smith followed with a basket on the next trip to give the Scots a 5-0 lead. The teams would go back-and-forth for the rest of the period before Piedmont gained an 18-15 lead at the end of the quarter on a Carlie Shields 3-pointer.
Piedmont (17-7, 10-3 USA South) kept its lead throughout the second period, but Covenant stayed within striking distance for much of the quarter. The host Lions pulled ahead by double-digits late in the second and a Bridgette Kelly 3-pointer gave Piedmont a 38-27 lead entering halftime.
In the third, Piedmont scored the first 14 points to open up a 25-point lead and the Lions would not look back the rest of the way.
Four players scored in double figures for Piedmont led by Kelly's 15 points in a reserve role. Dakota Sullens had 12, while Shields and Amari Price had 11 points apiece. The Lions shot 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the field and had 39 points scored from the bench.
Covenant finished at 44.7 percent (21-of-47) shooting with nine 3-pointers. The Scots held a 37-28 rebounding edge and had 14 assists on those 21 made field goals.
Covenant will end the regular season on Saturday at Salem. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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