SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was defeated by Lake Superior St. today, 51-44. With the loss the Storm falls to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the conference and with the win the Lakers improve to 3-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
The first quarter was tied for the first four minutes before the Lakers went on a 9-0 run and took an 11-2 advantage. The run was ended by a pair of foul shots by Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich. / Grand Haven). Later in the first quarter the Storm went on an 8-0 run, and cut the Lakers lead to 11-10. The run was highlight by a three pointer by Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio / North Royalton). The Storm entered the second quarter trailing, 13-10.
The Storm scored the first two baskets in the second quarter, and took a 14-13 advantage, thanks to a Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst Steele) layup. The Lakers answered with a 7-0 run to regain the lead, 20-14 with two minutes remaining in the half. Both teams battled for the remainder of the half, and Lake Erie entered the intermission trailing 25-18. At the half, the Storm was led by Skelton as she was a perfect 4-4 from the foul line and she total six points.
The Storm came out of the locker room ready to play and cut the Lakers lead to two, behind a three pointer by Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor). After the Lakers made a basket, the Storm went on a 5-0 run, that tied the game at 30 points a piece. The run was highlighted by Skelton layup and foul shot. The game remained tight through the end of the third quarter and the Strom trailed, 36-33 entering the final quarter of play.
The fourth quarter started as a back and forth battle in which the Lakers led 41-37 at the media timeout. After the Storm cut the lead to one the Lakers rattled off a 7-0 run, and took a 48-40 advantage. The Lakers were able to hold on to win, 51-44.
The Storm was led by Skelton as she had a career high 22 points, and also pulled down five rebounds. Gabor led the Storm with six rebounds and also added seven points.
Lake Erie will be back in action tomorrow when they travel to take on Northwood at 2 P.M.