PHILIPPI, W.Va – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team opened a Great Midwest weekend in West Virginia on Thursday (Dec. 14) evening with a contest against the Alderson Broaddus University Battlers.
The Battlers used a late fourth quarter run to defeat the Storm 75-67.
Ashley West (Willoughby Hills, Ohio / Cornerstone Christian) opened the game with a basket just seconds in. Alderson Broaddus scored back-to-back baskets, taking a 4-2 lead 90 seconds into the game. Over the next three minutes, three players combined on a 14-0 run for Lake Erie. Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) scored six points as the Storm opened a 16-4 lead with 5:12 left. The Battlers closed the quarter with a 13-4 run as the Storm led 20-17 after the first quarter.
Alderson Broaddus scored the first four points of the second quarter to take their second lead of the game, 21-20. Five different Storm players created an 11-0 run for a ten point lead with 3:11 remaining in the half. A layup by Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) made it 31-21 Lake Erie. Alderson Broaddus trimmed the lead to six but Lake Erie finished the half on a 5-1 run. The Storm led 36-26 at the intermission.
Gabor led the Storm with 16 points in the first half while West added eight points.
The Battlers began the second half with a pair of free throws but Sophie Sonneman (Jamestown, Ohio / Greeneview) answered with a layup. Alderson Broaddus used a three point play, slimming the deficit to seven points. The teams went basket-for-basket over the next four minutes. The Battlers broke the back and forth action with four straight points that made it 48-43 in favor of Lake Erie. Alderson Broaddus tied the game at 49 all at the 1:06 mark with a 6-1 run. The Storm made three free throws in the final minute as they led 52-51 after three quarters.
A Battlers three pointer gave AB a 54-52 lead 22 seconds into the fourth quarter. Josie Chaddock (Minerva, Ohio / Minerva) and West tied the game twice for the Storm. The Battlers took a 4-0 run before Lake Erie answered with a 5-1 rally. Lake Erie held a 61-60 lead with 4:26 left. Alderson Broaddus gained a 64-63 lead with 3:18 and concluded the game on a 12-4 run. The Battlers defeated the Storm 75-67.
Gabor finished with 22 points on nine made field goals. She added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Gabor moved into second place in program history in terms of scoring at 1,416 points, passing Stephanie Rogers.
Chaddock had 13 points, a career-high eight rebounds and four assists. West set a career-high with 12 points and she tied a career-high with nine rebounds. Dawson finished one board shy of a double-double with ten points and nine rebounds.
The Storm returns to the court on Saturday (Dec. 16) at Davis & Elkins, with tipoff scheduled for 12:00 PM.