Lady Lancers falter at Maple Leafs
GOSHEN, Ind. – Grace’s women’s basketball team, playing its fifth straight road game, lost 79-67 at Goshen on Saturday.
Kyannah Stull was a bright spot offensively in the loss, hitting six 3-pointers with 22 points. But Grace struggled to shoot (36 percent as a team) while Goshen was efficient on offense (52 percent field goals).
Stull starred during the first quarter. The senior hit two quick 3-pointers, helping Grace to an 8-0 lead.
Stull hit two more triples in the quarter as Grace pulled ahead 22-13.
But Goshen recovered nicely, scoring seven unanswered points to trim Grace’s lead to 22-20 by the end of the quarter.
The Maple Leafs continued their momentum in the second quarter. Goshen hit a triple on its first possession to take its first lead and did not look back.
Grace’s offense was nowhere to be found to start the second quarter. The Lady Lancers scored just two points for the first eight minutes, allowing Goshen to grab a commanding 37-24 lead.
Grace committed seven turnovers in the quarter, but the Lady Lancers managed a late run to end the half.
The Lady Lancers erupted for 10 points over the final 1:49, sparked by two more 3-pointers from Stull. Grace cut into Goshen’s lead but still trailed 39-34 at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Goshen used an 8-0 spurt to gain separation. The Maple Leafs still led by 11 as the teams entered the final quarter.
Grace was unable to build a meaningful rally in the fourth quarter, due largely to missing nine straight field goals early in the period.
Overall, Kamryn Hostetler tallied 12 points, 4 assists and 2 steals, and Maddie Ryman scored 11 points.
Kate Rulli scored eight off the bench, Kaylee Patton tallied four points and three boards, Kiara Gill had two steals, and Kenzie McMahon grabbed four rebounds.
“This was a tough one to take on the chin today after some improvement on Wednesday. We are a work in progress right now. Give Goshen credit; they were ready to play. We just couldn’t find a rhythm,” said Grace head coach Dan Davis. “We are working to find our identity. It’s a combination of inexperience and having a long layoff. We still strongly believe in this team, and we believe our best is yet to come. We’ll continue to get better each day.”
The Lady Lancers will have their first home game of the year on Monday. Grace will host Holy Cross for a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.