EVANSVILLE, I.N. - The Lake Erie Storm played their second game of the Screamin' Eagles Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by the University of Southern Indiana, against an undefeated Bellarmine University Knights squad on Sunday.
Lake Erie made the first move and held a quick 4-0 lead to start the game with two jumpers by Ashley West. Bellarmine tied it up at the 7:48 mark. They didn't give up the lead for the rest of the first, however a layup by Elaine Billings (assisted by Sophie Sonneman) pulled the Storm to within two with 1:05 left to play in the first quarter. The Storm started off strong in the second by scoring first with another layup by Billings, and the defense kept the Knights to a three-point lead until the three-minute mark, when a run by Bellarmine's Mikayla Berry put them up by eight. Lake Erie went into the locker rooms trailing 31-25 at the end of the first half.
Bellarmine went on an early eight-point run to start the third quarter before Storm guard Josie Chaddock stopped their momentum with an offensive rebound and putback to make the game 43-29 in favor of the Knights. Bellarmine got momentum back, though, with another run (9 points), which put the Storm beind by 21 points heading into the final quarter of the game.
Lake Erie's defense held the Knights to scoring runs that consisted of not more than five poinnts in the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done. The Storm ultimately fell to the Knights with a final score of 77-49.
Leading the Storm on offense was guard Farrah Benner with 12 points. Breanna Bauer and Chaddock both added nine, with Bauer also recording six rebounds. Ashley West finished with six points, four rebounds, and two steals.
After the game, head coach Brook Kohlheim said, "We knew we would be challenged all weekend. These are some of the best teams in the region and in order to know where you want to go, you have to play the best. We walked away from this weekend with not only experience, but an understanding of what it will take to win and compete."
The Storm returns to Lake Erie for their first home game on Thursday against conference opponent Alderson Broaddus, and will head into conference play with a season record of 2-2. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30pm.