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Lady Lancers’ comeback falls short

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Grace College’s women’s basketball team fell to the Huntington Foresters 62-51 on Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale.

The Lady Lancers (12-15, 2-14 Crossroads League) will now turn their focus to the Crossroads League Tournament.

Grace will travel to face the top seeded and NAIA No. 4-ranked Marian on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Lady Lancers came out of the gate ice cold and failed to score on their first 11 possessions of the game. The drought allowed Huntington (13-8, 9-7 CL) to build a 16-0 lead.

Kyannah Stull scored the first basket of the game for Grace with just 2:29 remaining in the opening quarter, and the Lady Lancers trailed 20-7 at the end of one.

The Foresters again put the pressure on Grace early in the second quarter; by the midway mark, HU had built a 19-point lead at 33-14.

The Lady Lancers seemed to gain some momentum late in the second. Bolstered by seven points from Maddie Ryman, Grace ended the half on an 11-2 run. Huntington still led 35-25 at halftime.

Ryman led all Grace players with nine points in the opening half, and Kenzie McMahon grabbed five rebounds.

Both teams shot percentages in the mid-40s from the floor, but Huntington earned its advantage with effort on the glass. The Lady Lancers were outrebounded 18-11 and surrendered 10 offensive boards.

Grace’s run from the end of the first half carried over early into the second. Patton assisted on an and-1 for Stull, helping cut the Lady Lancers’ deficit to 35-31.

Kaylie Warble and Stull each converted on 3-point plays to send the game into the final frame with Grace within striking distance at 48-43.

After Huntington increased the lead to start the fourth, a pair of free throws from Kamryn Hostetler and Ryman cut the deficit to five. It was as close as Grace would get.

The Foresters closed the contest on a 12-6 run and claimed victory 62-51.

As a team Grace shot 42 percent from the floor but just 12 percent (2 of 16) from beyond the arc. Grace failed to connect from deep in the second half (0 for 10).

Stull and Ryman paced the Lady Lancers with 17 and 15 points respectively.

Warble had a well-balanced game with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. McMahon also chipped in with six points and eight rebounds.

“We had a slow start but got back into the game. Give our girls a lot of credit for working hard to be in striking distance late in the game. We fought and had chances. At the end of the day, they made more shots and made a few plays late. But now we turn our focus into postseason play, and we are looking forward to it,” said Grace head coach Dan Davis.