PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was defeated by Lake Superior St. Friday (Jan. 2nd), 48-44. With the loss the Storm falls to 7-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference, and with the win the Lakers improve to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Daija Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Joseph Academy) scored the first five points of the game for the Storm. A Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) lay-up gave the Storm a 7-2 edge midway through the opening half. Following a media timeout, the teams traded baskets with Morgan Berry (Toledo, Ohio/Napoleon/Dayton) scoring four straight points for the Storm. The teams continued to trade baskets in the final minutes of the opening half, with the Storm taking an 18-14 lead into the half.
Jones and Berry led the Storm with five points apiece in the first half. Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven), and Dawson had two points each.
Shelby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio/Miami Valley) opened the second half with a three pointer to extend the Storm lead. Skelton then made a couple of big plays, drawing two charges while making two tough lay-ups as the Storm jumped ahead 29-20. The Lakers outscored the Storm 7-4 to cut the lead to 34-30 but Berry scored four straight points once again to squelch the Lakers momentum. Following a timeout, the Lakers went on a 10-0 run to take a 40-38 lead with five minutes to play.
Skelton made a lay-up following the final media timeout to tie the game. After the teams traded free-throws, the Lakers scored five straight points to gain the lead in the closing minute. Jones picked off a pass and converted a fast break lay-up to cut the lead to three but were unable to overcome the Lakers lead.
The Storm was led by Skelton who had 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary) led the Storm in assists with four, and also added four rebounds off the bench. In her second game for Lake Erie Berry came off the bench and added nine points and two rebounds.
The Storm is back in action Sunday (Jan. 4), hosting Northwood University in a GLIAC contest.