PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was victorious today against Tiffin University, 61-49.
The Dragons opened the game on a 7-1 run that was ended when Carlye Garst (Salem, Va. / Salem) hit a three off of an assist by Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio / North Royalton), to cut the lead to 7-4 in favor of Tiffin. The Storm answered with a 7-0 run that saw both Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst Steele) hit shots in the paint, to give the Storm a 13-10 advantage at the media timeout. The Storm continued to play well and entered the second quarter ahead, 22-17.
The second quarter started as a defensive struggle in which Lake Erie was able to maintain a 27-21 advantage at the halfway point in the second quarter. The Storm stretched their lead behind solid defensive play as they only allowed eight points in the quarter, and entered the half with a 36-25 lead. The Storm was led by Gabor as she had 12 points, and was 2-4 from behind the arc.
The Dragons came out of the locker room energized and cut the Storm lead to, 44-35 at the media timeout. The Storm regained a double digit throughout the remainder of the quarter behind a strong shooting performance by Gabor. The Storm entered the fourth quarter with a 51-38 advantage.
The Storm went on an early 5-0 run in the fourth quarter as Shelby Carpenter (New Lebanon, Ohio / Miami Valley) forced a steal and had a fast break layup to give the Storm 56-41 lead at the media timeout. The Storm cruised to their second straight win, and won 61-49.
The Storm was led by Gabor as she had a career high 26 points. Garst added a career high seven bounds, and five points. Carpenter also pitched in with 12 points, and two steals.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Saturday (January 30th) when they host Ohio Dominican University at 1 P.M.