NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was defeated today by Walsh University, 66-61.
The game started as a back and forth battle as the Storm trailed the Cavaliers, 10-9 at the media timeout. After the timeout the Cavaliers notched a 15-11 lead before the Storm answered with a 6-0 run to gain the lead. The run was highlighted by a Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio / North Royalton) jumper. The Storm entered the second quarter with a 19-17 advantage.
The Storm continued to play well and led, 25-24 at the media timeout in the second quarter. Following the timeout the Cavaliers went on a 7-2 run, and took a 31-27 advantage. The run was ended by Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich. / Grand Haven) as she hit a layup, to cut the lead to 31-29. The Cavaliers ended the quarter on a 7-0 run and led 38-29 at the intermission. At the half the Storm was led by Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) as she had 10 points on 2-4 shooting from behind the arc.
Early in the third quarter the Cavaliers went on a 6-0 run and took a 45-32 advantage, before the run was ended by the media timeout. The Storm continued to battle and entered the fourth quarter trailing, 52-39.
The Storm started the fourth quarter quickly and cut the Cavaliers lead to 52-44. The lead was cut to eight points when Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) hit a pair of foul shots. The Storm continued to fight and trimmed the lead to 62-57, behind a made foul shot by Shelby Carpenter (New Lebanon, Ohio / Miami Valley). Gabor cut the Cavaliers lead to 62-59 with just over a minute remaining in the game. The Storm cut the lead to 62-61 when Narducci hit a pair of foul shots, but the Storm was unable to complete the comeback and fell 66-61.
The Storm was led by Gabor as she had a game high 21 points, and eight rebounds. Carpenter added 16 points, and had a game high five steals. Dawson pitched in with 11 points, and three blocks in the game.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood on Thursday (January 21st) when they take on Wayne St. at 5:30 P.M.