Lady Owls’ wild rally sends them to AMC title game

BATESVILLE, Ark. — Fueled by junior guards Priscila Santos and Katie Scherder, the William Woods University Lady Owls fashioned some sweet redemption behind a remarkable rally.

Santos and Scherder both reached career-highs by scoring 32 and 21 points, respectively, and No. 3 seed William Woods wiped out a 14-point halftime deficit in shocking No. 2 Lyon College 83-69 on Friday night in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference women’s postseason tournament.

The Lady Owls — ranked No. 23 in NAIA Division I — were down and appeared to be almost out at the break, trailing the No. 17 Lady Scots 41-27. Santos and Scherder, both limited to six points in the first half, combined to erupt for 41 in the final 20 minutes as William Woods shot a torrid 66 percent (21-of-32) while outscoring Lyon 56-28.

Avenging a pair of regular-season losses to the Lady Scots, the Lady Owls will now face a familiar adversary as they seek their fourth AMC tournament title in the last five years. William Woods (25-5), which won the AMC tournament in 2012, travels to top-seeded Columbia College (26-6) for the championship game at 7 p.m. Monday.

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