OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team played their final game before the holiday break on Tuesday (Dec. 19) at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) scored 20 points and became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Lake Erie women's basketball program during the second quarter. The Storm fell 70-51 to the Panthers in the contest.
The Panthers opened the scoring with a bucket just seconds into the game. Gabor and Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) scored back-to-back baskets as Lake Erie took a 4-2 lead. After three minutes of scoreless action, Dawson added two free throws for a four point Storm lead. The Panthers used a 10-3 run over a three minute span, taking a 12-9 advantage. Gabor made a layup in the closing seconds to cut the lead to one, but the Panthers ended the frame with a 14-11 advantage.
Kentucky Wesleyan scored first in the second quarter for a five point lead. Dawson scored four points and Gabor made two free throws on a Storm 6-0 run as Lake Erie regained a 17-16 lead. A Panthers three pointer started a 9-0 rally for Kentucky Wesleyan. The run gave the Panthers a 25-17 lead with 6:31 left in the half. Gabor stopped the run with two free throws with 6:18 left, which the first of the pair broke the all-time leading scoring record.
The Panthers and Storm exchanged runs throughout the remainder of the half. The Panthers pushed the lead to as many as 18 but the Storm slimmed the deficit to 11 with an 8-1 run before the intermission. Dawson scored six points during the run. Lake Erie trailed 40-29 at the half.
Josie Chaddock (Minerva, Ohio / Minerva) and Gabor each cut the lead to single digits in the first three minutes of the second half. Kentucky Wesleyan answered with a 9-2 run that spanned five minutes. Lake Erie got back-to-back layups from Farrah Benner (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) and Ashley West (Willoughby Hills, Ohio / Cornerstone Christian) to end the third quarter. Kentucky Wesleyan led 50-39 after three quarters.
The Panthers began the fourth quarter with a three pointer before a Dawson free throw and a Gabor layup put the lead back to eleven. The Panthers pulled away in the final quarter, defeating the Storm 70-51.
Gabor had 20 points, including ten of them coming from the free throw line in ten attempts. She also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Gabor surpassed Amber Garnet, who set the record with 1,459 points from 1990-1994. Gabor reached the milestone in her 92nd career game.
Dawson added a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, with eight offensive boards and four blocks. Benner scored eight points off the bench.
The Storm will host Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday, December 30th at 3:00 PM.