Lake Erie Delivers Against D&E

PAINESVILLE, OH- The Lake Erie College Storm improved their record to 4-2 with their second G-MAC win tonight over Davis & Elkins College. 

The Storm had a slow build throughout the first quarter, letting the Senators score 10 unanswered points to start the game. Josie Chaddock made a layup with six minutes left to play in the first for the Storm's first score of the game. The first quarter ended with Davis & Elkins leading the Storm 20-11.

A slew of fouls committed by the Senators early in the second quarter gave Farrah Benner and Chaddock opportunities at the line, which put the Storm within five points with four minutes left to play in the half. A couple mistakes by the Storm gave the Senators room to score, and the teams went into the locker rooms at the half with Davis & Elkins leading the Storm 30-27.

The Storm started the third quarter by scoring at the line, again, with two good attempts by Madison Mattimore to cut the Senators lead to one point. However, the Senators scored again before committing another foul that sent Storm freshman Elaine Billings to the line for two more points. Two layups by Ashley West gave the Storm the lead over the Senators 39-37 with four minutes left in the third quarter. The two teams traded leads until a free throw by Davis & Elkins gave them the lead heading into the final quarter of the game, with a score of 47-46.

Chaddock scored first to start the fourth by making a jump shot in the paint. Lead changes in the fourth were primarily due to fouls from both teams, until West made another layup that gave the Storm another lead with 5:42 left to play in the game. The Storm scored five more points before the final buzzer of the night, pulling out a win with a final score of 59-56.

Josie Chaddock led Lake Erie with 14 points, additionally recording three rebounds, assists, and steals. Ashley West added eight points, with two rebounds and assists. 

Coming off the bench, Sophie Sonneman recorded nine points with three rebounds, two steals, and one block. Elaine Billings also added eight, additionally recording three rebounds, and two assists and steals.

From the free throw line as a team, Lake Erie was 14-16 (87.5).

"We were pretty proud of our team's ability to fight off some adversity in the first quarter and have a next-play mentality", said Head Coach Brook Kohlheim. "Being down by as many as 13 points presents quite the challenge and I was happy to see people step up with leadership and confidence."

The Storm returns to G-MAC play on December 6th on the road against Ohio Valley. Tip-off is set for 5:30pm.