Slow start results in defeat for Grace
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Grace’s women’s basketball team was able to get the best of Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Saturday in a 67-52 loss.
Grace scored just eight points in the first quarter and never fully recovered. The Cougars (8-8, 5-4 Crossroads League) led from start to finish and survived a few comeback bids by Grace.
MVNU made 3-pointers on its first two possessions of the game and never trailed again. Grace’s offense was hard to find in the first quarter. The Lady Lancers had a four-minute drought and a three-minute drought in the period.
Grace fell behind 24-8 after the first quarter after shooting 3 of 14 (21 percent) from the field and 0 of 4 from the 3-point line. The Lady Lancers (10-11, 1-10 CL) also turned the ball over seven times in the period.
The second quarter saw Grace’s only strong offensive period. The Lady Lancers scored 20 points and made their first significant comeback attempt.
Grace went on a 14-5 run to chop MVNU’s lead down to six. Kaylee Patton and Kyannah Stull each had five points during the run.
At halftime, Grace still trailed 38-28 after MVNU scored in the final seconds of the half.
The Cougars managed to hold the double-digit lead in the third quarter, and Grace faced a 13-point deficit entering the final stanza.
Grace did its best to rally one more time in the fourth quarter. Stull and Kamryn Hostetler each hit 3-pointers, and Kiersten Poor scored four quick points to slice the gap down to seven with 4:58 to go.
But Grace’s offense dried up, going scoreless for the remainder of regulation.
The Lady Lancers shot 37 percent from the floor and 30 percent from the 3-point line. The Cougars made 49 percent of their shots and outrebounded Grace 37-26.
Stull scored a team-high 17 points to go along with five steals and three assists, and Patton had 8 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds.
Poor scored seven points off the bench, and Kaylie Warble and Hostetler each scored six.
The Lady Lancers are back home on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tilt with No. 6 Marian.