The Lourdes women’s basketball team picked up a 65-55 home victory over visiting Cornerstone on a snowy Saturday afternoon inside the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center.
“We did a good job of rallying after a slow start,” said head coach John Kenger following the victory. “I’m proud of this team for getting back on track and picking up a solid conference win.”
The Gray Wolves got off to a quick start as Mirandia Green (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer) nailed a three-pointer on the opening possession of the contest for Lourdes.
The remainder of the quarter would be a back-and-forth battle before a late three-pointer from Cornerstone (2-21, 1-12 WHAC) helped the Golden Eagles take a 14-13 lead heading into the second quarter.
Lourdes found itself playing from behind midway through the second quarter as Cornerstone pushed its lead to 25-18 with 5:08 left in the first half. From there, LaTyrah Beasley (Toledo, Ohio/Bowsher) sparked a Gray Wolf run as she collected a steal and nailed a three-pointer to cut the lead to 25-21.
The Beasley three-pointer began what would be an 11-2 run for Lourdes to close the first half as the Gray Wolves took a 29-27 lead at the intermission.
During another close battle throughout the third quarter, Lourdes was able to use a quick 6-0 spurt midway through the period to push their lead to 41-34. Beasley scored four points in the run, while Jami Hardy (Perrysburg, Ohio/Cardinal Stritch) capped the run with a layup.
After Cornerstone stopped the run with a three-pointer, Hunter Kershaw (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) hit her second three-pointer of the season to help Lourdes hold a 44-37 advantage heading into the fourth period.
The Gray Wolves took their biggest lead of the contest at the 3:05 mark of the fourth quarter as Ramiah Henry (Toledo, Ohio/Waite) hit a layup and pushed the lead to 59-48 in favor of the hosts.
Cornerstone would get back within six points, but the Gray Wolves hit three of their final four free throws to close out the 65-55 victory.
Beasley led the offensive attack for Lourdes, netting a season-high 25 points. Kershaw chipped in 12 points and Henry and Hardy each added 10 in the victory. Hardy also led the attack on the boards, grabbing eight rebounds.
Shelby Nyboer scored 17 points to lead the Golden Eagles.
Lourdes finished 23-of-58 (39.7%) from the floor, while connecting on four three-pointers. Cornerstone finished 24-of-57 (42.1%) from the field and also hit four three-point field goals.
The Gray Wolves won the battle on the boards by a 38-35 margin.
The Gray Wolves (8-13, 4-9 WHAC) return to action on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. as they travel to Celina, Ohio to take on Wright State-Lake.