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Written By StaceyPageOnline / Sports on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Pam Miller works for Grace Wednesday against St. Francis. (Photo provided by the Grace College Sports Information Department)


Grace’s women’s basketball team almost completed a massive comeback in the second half, losing to St. Francis 64-62 on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (10-9, 4-3 Crossroads League) trailed by as many as 13 late in the third quarter but made a valiant rally. The Cougars (12-7, 4-3 CL) managed to avoid overtime, however, as Grace’s potential game-tying shot in the final seconds misfired.

Grace struggled with its shot by making 38 percent for the game compared to 47 percent for USF.

The first half was fast-paced, packed with back-and-forth action. The first quarter alone saw 43 points scored in the 10-minute session.

The Cougars jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter. USF buried a trio of 3-pointers in the quarter to claim a 17-7 advantage.

Grace still trailed 21-10 but made a furious run to end the period. The Lady Lancers exploded on a 10-2 run over the final 2:50 thanks to four points by Brooke Sugg and a last-second jumper from Pam Miller.

The second quarter was much milder in comparison. Grace’s offense sputtered to the tune of seven points, three of which came from Brooke Treadway.

The Lady Lancers went into halftime behind 36-27. Grace shot 34 percent from the floor, including 13 percent on 3-pointers (1-of-8). Grace also committed nine turnovers in the half.

USF started the second half as the better team and held a double-digit lead for much of the third quarter. With 1:38 to play in the third, the Cougars owned a 50-37 lead.

In the final minute of the third, however, Sugg brought Grace back. Sugg converted a tough and-1 and later beat the buzzer with a banked floater high off the glass. Her five quick points cut USF’s lead down to 51-42 entering the last stanza.

Sugg continued her hot shooting to start the fourth. She made another floater on the first possession. After a USF turnover, she buried a deep triple to cut the deficit down to four with nine minutes to play.

Three times over the final minute, Grace was within one possession of USF. But each time the Cougars had an answer.

With 2:26 remaining, Kyannah Stull buried a corner 3-pointer to make the score 61-58. But the Cougars responded quickly with a basket on the next possession.

With less than a minute on the clock, freshman Brielle Wilson hit another 3-pointer in front of Grace’s bench to cut USF’s lead down to 64-62 to set up a nervy final two plays.

USF had a chance to ice the game but misfired on a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining. Grace eyed a chance to send the game to overtime, but Sugg’s last-second floater was off the mark.

Sugg had a team-high 18 points to go along with three assists, and Drake added 10 points and four rebounds.

Wilson tallied 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, and Treadway had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Warble and Stull each scored six.

The Lady Lancers will hit the road to end the week, playing at No. 8 Marian on Saturday at 1 p.m.


In a low-scoring affair in Elkhart, Warsaw kept its hopes alive in the Northern Lakes Conference race.

With just a 23-22 lead after three quarters played, Warsaw outscored Memorial by 10 in the fourth to get out of Elkhart alive.

Both teams had trouble shooting the ball, the Chargers just 10-39 from the floor (26 percent) while the Tigers weren’t much better at 13-47 (28 percent), specifically from three-point range, hitting just 3-25 from deep. The two bright spots for Warsaw shooting the ball were its saving grace, as Abby Sanner was 6-10 from the floor and paced the team with 15 points and Brielle Harrison was 4-6 from the floor and had 10 points. The two also combined for 15 rebounds, three steals and two assists, and Sanner added three blocks.

Maddie Ryman had a tough night shooting the ball, going just 2-14 from the floor, but managed nine points and added five assists, five steals and two rebounds to make up some slack. Kensie Ryman added four offensive rebounds and four steals.

De’Mour Watson led Memorial with eight points but was 3-13 from the floor in doing so, and the Tigers held Madison Axsom and Mya Reeves, who combine to score over 15 points a night for Memorial, to just six total points.

Warsaw played just seven in the JV game, but all were efficient in a 50-12 win over the Chargers. Warsaw led just 10-4 after the first quarter, but shut out Memorial in the second quarter and outscored the hosts 20-6 out of the lockerroom to run away with the game. Adin Um led Warsaw with 13 points and Cora West added 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals. The Tigers had 23 steals and forced Memorial into 33 turnovers overall.

Warsaw moves to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in the NLC, tied with NorthWood a half game behind Northridge at the top of the conference standings. Memorial falls to 5-12 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

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