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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lady Vikings hold on for win at Covenant

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A rocky afternoon ended with a win for the Berry College women’s basketball team Saturday as it edged Covenant College 66-65 on the road.

The win ends a three-game skid for the Lady Vikings, who are now 3-4 on the season. Covenant (3-4) trailed by as many as 19 points late in the third quarter, but mounted a comeback. After being down 57-46 at the end of the third, the Scots outscored Berry 21-11 in the fourth quarter.

Emma Grimes went 1-of-2 at the free throw line with 21 seconds to go to build the lead to 65-63, but the Scots could not maintain it as Berry’s Eveline Parsons made her sixth 3-pointer of the day with 11 seconds to go to give Berry a 66-65 edge.

Covenant had one last chance, but turned the ball over on its final possession and Berry ran out the clock to seal the win. The teams combined for 51 turnovers in a sometimes sloppy contest.

Berry (3-4) led 37-29 at halftime, but quickly stretched that advantage to double figures early in the third period. The Lady Vikings went on a 16-5 run in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the third to bring the lead to 53-34. Parsons played a crucial role in that stretch as she finished with a game-high 22 points paired with three rebounds and four assists.

Alex Weems added 16 points and five rebounds for the Lady Vikings. Berry shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) from the field.

Berry will play next Saturday at LaGrange.