CEDARVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie College women's basketball team fell to the Cedarville University Yellow Jackets 80-61 on Thursday (March 1) night in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 10-2 lead over the first three and a half minutes. Ashley West (Willoughby Hills, Ohio / Cornerstone Christian) converted a three point play, as the Storm trimmed the lead to five. A large Cedarville run towards the end of the frame gave them a 24-8 lead after the first quarter.
Josie Chaddock (Minerva, Ohio / Minerva) stopped a Cedarville 6-0 run with a jumper three minutes into the second quarter. The teams went back and forth over the next three minutes as the Storm held the Yellow Jackets advantage at twenty. After Cedarville took a 41-15 lead in the last two minutes of the first half, Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) ended the half with two made free throws each. The Storm trailed 41-19 at the half.
Gabor, Chaddock and Farrah Benner (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) all made shots in the first two minutes of the third quarter as Lake Erie cut the deficit to 45-26. A 14-4 run by Cedarville over the next five minutes expanded the Storm's deficit. Chaddock and Jordan Joseph (Solon, Ohio / Solon) answered with two straight baskets, stopping the run. Gabor and Chaddock combined for the Storm's final six points of the quarter as Cedarville led 66-40 after three quarters.
Cedarville scored five straight points to open the fourth quarter before Chaddock scored the Storm's next four points. Over the final seven minutes of the game, Lake Erie closed the game on a 17-7 run. Gabor scored six points while Alexis Todd (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville Central) added five points during the spurt. Breanna Bauer (Port Huron, Mich. / Northern), Tayler Stevens (Bedford, Ohio / Bedford) and Dawson each scored two points. Cedarville won the game 80-61.
Gabor led the Storm with 18 points, including seven free throws. She also had four rebounds and four assists. Chaddock added 12 points on five-of-eight shooting. Dawson had eight points and eight rebounds.