Lourdes falls after 4th quarter rally

GRAYSON, Ky. — Perrysburg graduate Macie Stringfellow, a 5-foot-11 redshirt freshman forward, was one of two Lourdes women’s basketball players in double figures, but it was not enough as the Gray Wolves lost to Kentucky Christian on Monday.

Lourdes led by nine points heading into the final quarter but Kentucky Christian rallied with 35 points over the final 10 minutes to defeat the Gray Wolves 69-61 inside of Damron Hall of Champions.

“Being consistent until the end of the game tonight was a huge factor,” Lourdes coach Tandy Bradford said. “We have to be able to make adjustments and stick with them and not allow teams to find ways back in the game, even from the free throw line.

“We can’t control some things on the road so controlling the controllables is still a goal on the road.”

A 7-0 run in the opening stanza gave Lourdes an early 13-6 advantage. The Gray Wolves pushed the lead to 10, 22-12, following a Halle Barnett (Sylvania Southview) layup midway through the second. Kentucky Christian battled back though, closing the half on a 10-0 run of its own to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room.

Lourdes scored the first six points of the third period and closed the frame on a 9-2 spurt to build a 43-34 advantage heading into the final 10 minutes.

A 10-1 run early in the fourth pulled the Knights to within one, 47-46. The Gray Wolves still led, 51-49, at the five-minute mark before the hosts scored six straight points to pull in front.

The Gray Wolves were within one, 55-54, with 3:30 left after a Shae Pedroza (Napoleon) triple before the Knights scored the next six points to pull away. Kentucky Christian made 19-of-22 free throws in the final 10 minutes.

Pedroza led the Gray Wolves with 14 points while Stringfellow added 11 points and nine rebounds. Grace Ryan (Bedford, Mich.) chipped in 10 more points.

Lakyn Adkins led Kentucky Christian (7-5) with 15 points while Jasmine Flowers added 14 more for the Knights.

Also playing for the Gray Wolves this season is 5-5 redshirt junior guard Jemaa Nadeen, also a Perrysburg graduate.