PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was victorious today (Feb. 11)over Wayne St., 58-40.
The Storm opened the game with three steals on the first three possessions of the game and took a 2-0 advantage as Carlye Garst (Salem, Va. / Salem) hit a layup off of a steal by Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio / North Royalton). The Storm continued to play great defense and opened a 9-4 advantage at the media timeout. After the break, the Storm forced two more turnovers to stretch their lead to 14-4. The Storm defense propelled the Storm to a 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, as the Storm had a school record 10 steals in the quarter.
The Storm continued to play stifling defense and stretched their lead 25-13, Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) led the offense as she had six points in the first five minutes of the second quarter. The Storm maintained their double digit advantage and entered the intermission ahead 36-20. Lake Erie was led by their defense as they forced 17 turnovers and had 16 steals.
The Warriors were able to cut into the Storm lead at the media timeout in the third quarter in half, as the Storm led, 39-29 at the half way point of the third. The Storm went on a 6-0 run out of the time out, to stretch their lead to 45-29, as Gabor hit a three to highlight the run. The Storm entered the fourth quarter with a 47-30 advantage.
The Warriors cut into the Storm lead, but a pair of Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich. / Grand Haven) halted the Warriors momentum, and the Storm controlled the game with a 52-38 advantage with 4:27 minutes remaining in the game. Skelton's foul shots sparked a 6-0 Storm run as Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) hit a layup to cap off the run. Lake Erie played well down the stretch, and won the game, 58-40.
The Storm was led by Gabor as she had 20 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Dawson added 13 points, five rebounds, and a block. Narducci pitched in with 11 points, and six steals. Skelton added 10 points and four rebounds in the game for the Storm. Lake Erie forced 26 turnovers and had 24 steals in the game.
Lake Erie will be back in action Saturday (February 13th) when they host Findlay at 1 P.M. on senior day.