(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – The holiday season is off to a good start thanks to a 76-70 victory for Lake Erie over Roberts Wesleyan on Wednesday afternoon. The Storm (7-4) have now won five of their last seven with the non-conference win over the Redhawks (4-6).
Farrah Benner shined as she led the Green and White with 18 points off the bench. Half of them came from downtown with three 3-pointers. She added five rebounds and three assists to her line as well.
Sophie Sonneman was also impressive despite foul trouble as she made all eight attempts from the field for 16 points and added six caroms. Eight of them came when she was playing with four fouls against her, and she added another with three.
Josie Chaddock made it a trio of Storm players in double figures with 14 markers. The Minerva native had a complete game as she was 3-of-5 from the field, 8-of-11 from the free throw line, and totaled five rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Head Coach Brook Kohlheim's squad led for the duration, but staved off numerous rallies by Roberts. The biggest threat came late in the third quarter as the Redhawks came within two points after Emily Miller's jumper made the score 46-44 with 3:25 to go in the frame. Lake Erie answered with a pair of buckets by Ashley West sandwiched around another Redhawks score that sparked a small run to keep the visitors at arm's length.
Roberts did hold the rebounding edge 39-33, but Lake Erie made up for it by hot shooting from the field. Overall the Storm were 28-of-55 for 50.9 percent, their second-best mark of the season and second consecutive game hitting 50 percent.
Lake Erie has now won five of its last seven heading into the holiday break. The Storm will look to make that six of their last eight in the New Year when they make the short trip to Pepper Pike to take on rival Ursuline. Tip-off with the Arrows is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 3.