The Lake Erie College Storm earned their third win of the North Star Invitational this evening over the host institution, University of Alaska- Fairbanks (5-4) with a final score of 84-76. Not only did the win put the Storm undefeated in the tournament, but it also secured the spot as tournament champions.
Lake Erie traded leads with Fairbanks nine times throughout the contest, including six tie scores. Fairbanks pulled away with its largest lead of the game in the first (seven), but the Storm gained momentum back and monopolized the lead for over 23 minutes, with their largest coming in the fourth quarter at the 2:00 mark (12 points).
Senior Josie Chaddock had another dominant game, scoring 32 points with four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block. Chaddock was named the North Star Invitational MVP for her performance. Junior Breanna Bauer also had a great game, scoring 22 points, and recording eight rebounds, and one assist and steal respectively. Bauer was named to the All-Tournament team, as well.
Head coach Kenzie Perttu had lots to say about the time the program spent in Alaska. "This trip to Alaska has been phenomenal for this team. The time spent together, seeing a new part of the world, has been a once in a life time experience. After getting a chance to view the gorgeous area, the team really got it done on the court. We are starting to put together 4 solid quarters of basketball. We defended better in the last two games of the tournament than we have all year, which gave us some momentum and flow on the offensive end."
Perttu continued, "I am extremely proud of and excited for Josie Chaddock on scoring her 1000th point in the first game, and then finishing the tournament as MVP. She played an outstanding weekend of basketball and is so deserving. Bree Bauer also stepped up really big for us this weekend and earned all-tournament team. I am proud of the entire team for the way they battled this weekend. As a coach, it felt great to watch the girls on the court make a run, and then look down the bench and see everyone up and cheering."
She wrapped up speaking about games to come later next week. "This was a special weekend for us and we are ready to make our way back to the Midwest and get conference play started. This trip gave us some good momentum and we are ready to start preparing for Cedarville and Walsh on Thursday and Saturday"
The Storm returns to Painesville and will prepare to open Great Midwest play on the road next week with a matchup against Cedarville.