Kauffman Leads Lancer Rally

images-8PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Allison Kauffman spearheaded a dominant second half for the Grace College women’s basketball team as the Lady Lancers rallied for a 53-50 victory over Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (6-7) trailed by as many as 15 points in the game, but they held Georgetown to just 20 points in the second half to split their effort at the Shawnee State Classic. Grace lost to host Shawnee State on Friday night.

Grace’s offense got off to a slow start on Saturday. Juaneice Jackson’s 3-pointer in the opening minutes was the team’s only production over the first 5:13. The Lady Lancers also suffered another scoring drought midway through the first half as the Tigers (5-2) held Grace to five points over nearly nine minutes of action.

Georgetown claimed a 30-20 advantage at halftime thanks to Grace shooting just 27.6 percent from the floor.

Kauffman helped Grace erase Georgetown’s lead, however, with a flurry of baskets. Kauffman poured in 11 points over the first 6:15 of the second half to tie the game at 34-34.

The margin was razor-thin for Georgetown for the rest of the half until the Lady Lancers made a late push. JoEllen Fickel scored with under four minutes to play to lift Grace to its first two-possession lead at 49-45.

Kauffman made a shot in the paint with 1:53 remaining to reestablish Grace’s four-point lead. She and Jackson made a free throw apiece down the stretch, which was enough to lift the Lady Lancers to the win. Georgetown had a chance to tie the game in the final possession behind by three points, but Kauffman came up with a steal as Grace handed Georgetown its second loss of the season.

Kauffman registered a game-best 21 points to go along with 10 boards. She scored 16 points after halftime on 6-of-8 shooting.

Juaneice Jackson tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, and JoEllen Fickel added six points.

Chloe Pridgen hauled in eight boards, and Tiffany Petro swatted two shots.

Grace was outrebounded by 19 against Georgetown, but the Tigers were silenced to 27-percent shooting for the game, including 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.

The Lady Lancers will take two weeks off from competition before resuming play at the Roosevelt University Tournament on Dec. 28-29.

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