Despite Big Game from Rogers, Storm Falls in Consolation Game; Caiola Named to All-Tournament Team

SOUTH EUCLID, OHIO – Kealy McNally hit a three-pointer with 35 seconds remaining to list host Notre Dame College to a 79-74 victory over the Lake Erie College women's basketball team Friday afternoon (Dec. 31) in the consolation game of the NDC Holiday Tournament, overshadowing a spectacular game from Storm junior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).

Rogers picked up her third double-double of the season and was just two blocked shots shy of a triple-double, scoring a team-high 19 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds while matching her personal best with eight blocks. She converted a three-point play with a minute left to get the Storm (2-8) within a point at 75-74, but McNally hit a rainbow three with the shotclock winding down to put the Falcons (12-4) up four. 

Tracy Payne added a free throw with 13 seconds to go for the final point.

The teams battled back-and-forth throughout the first half until the Storm scored the final eight points of the period to take a 44-38 lead into halftime.

The Lake Erie lead got to as many as eight early in the second half, but the Falcons responded with a 13-4 run to retake the lead with 13:54 left.  The Storm trailed by six later in the period but battled back to tie the game at 71-71 with just over three minutes remaining.  However, Rogers' basket and foul shot would be the only points the Storm managed the rest of the way.

Junior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored 17 points and tied her career-high with nine rebounds. She was named to the all-tournament team.  The Storm surpassed the 40-percent mark from the field for the first time in four games, hitting on 29-of-67 (43.3%), but was just four-of-20 from three-point range.

McNally also had a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 boards.  Yvette Hunter led the Falcons with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.  Notre Dame shot just 36.8%, but made as many free throws, 17, as the Storm attempted.

Lake Erie opens the new year with a return to conference play on Saturday, Jan. 8, at home against fellow GLIAC newcomer Ohio Dominican University.  The teams split a pair of meetings last season, with each winning at home.

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