PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College women's basketball team wrapped up the 2014 year with a 65-51 win over Clarion University in a non-conference contest Wednesday (Dec. 31) in Painesville.
Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored the first four points of the game. A Shelby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio/Miami Valley) three-pointer and a fast break lay-up by Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) gave the Storm (7-3, 2-2 GLIAC) a 9-0 lead. A second fast break lay-up by Narducci took the lead to 11 but Clarion fought back, going on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to five at the first media timeout. Following the timeout, the Golden Eagles tied the game at eleven but a pair of Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) baskets put the Storm back in front. Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) hit a pair of free throws, followed by a three-pointer by Morgan Berry (Toledo, Ohio/Napoleon/Dayton) to push the Storm's lead. Once again, the Golden Eagles put together their own run, eventually taking the lead, 24-22, at the five minute mark of the first half. The Golden Eagles led by three but a pair of free-throws by Dawson and a Daija Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Joseph Academy) fast break lay-up put the Storm back in front 29-28. Narducci hit a pair of free-throws to increase the lead to three as the Storm took a 33-30 lead into the half.
Gabor led the Storm with nine points in the opening half. Dawson and Narducci had six points apiece. Skelton had four while Carpenter and Berry had three. The Storm created 14 turnovers with 10 steals.
The Storm started the second half in a similar fashion as they scored the opening ten points, fueled by five by Gabor, to increase their lead to 43-30. After the Golden Eagles got on the board in the second half with a three pointer, Gabor scored a pair of baskets to give the Storm their biggest lead of the game at 14. The Golden Eagles cut the lead to four with less than nine minutes to play but the Storm went on a 5-0 run to bring the lead back to nine with five minutes to play. The Storm played well down the stretch, leading by as much as 15 as they picked up the non-conference game.
Gabor led the Storm with a career-high 24 points, four steals and three rebounds. Skelton had a team-high eight rebounds and four assists in addition to her seven points. Jones had eight points while Skelton and Dawson had seven apiece. Narducci and Carpenter had six points each while Chloe Irish (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) had four and Berry had three.
The Storm forced 35 turnovers with 24 steals. Overall, the Storm committed just 11 fouls.
The Storm is back in action Friday (Jan. 2), hosting Lake Superior State University in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.