GRACE MEN’S BASKETBALL 66, HOLY CROSS 56
A well-balanced evening lifted Grace’s men’s basketball team to a 66-56 victory at Holy Cross on Tuesday.
Four players scored in double figures in a consistent outing for the Lancers, who improved to 3-0 on the young season.
Grace lead for nearly the entire second half, but the lead over the Saints (2-1) was single digits until the final seconds of regulation.
Holy Cross started the game with a 9-3 advantage, and that proved to be the largest lead of the game for the Saints.
Jaret Sons hit a pair of triples, and Haden Deaton buried another trey to quickly eliminate Holy Cross’s lead.
The rest of the first half was tightly contested. Sons buried a late 3-pointer to end the half, putting Grace on top 31-28 at halftime.
Grace shot 46 percent from the floor compared to 38 percent for Holy Cross in the opening half.
Logan Godfrey scored six points early in the second half, and the Lancers climbed ahead by eight.
The Saints battled back and tied the game at 47-47 with 9:46 left. Godfrey single-handedly propelled the Lancers ahead with seven straight points.
Grace’s defense took care of the rest. The Saints mustered only five points over the final 6:33 of regulation, and the Lancers slowly pulled away.
Charlie Warner hit a timely triple down the stretch, and Braxton Linville scored on back-to-back plays to help build Grace’s cushion in the last minutes.
Godfrey earned scoring honors on the night with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals, and Sons added 15 points, 6 boards and 2 assists. Sons shot 3-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Warner scored 12 points, Haden Deaton tallied 10 points and five rebounds, Linville added 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, and Eddie Gill IV chipped in five points and two assists.
The Lancers will put their undefeated record on the line over the weekend, taking on Concordia and Emmaus on Friday and Saturday at the Trinity International Tournament in Illinois.
INDIANA TECH WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 67, GRACE 49
Grace’s women’s basketball team could not keep pace with No. 9 Indiana Tech, losing 67-49.
The Lady Lancers (2-3) struggled with their shot throughout the game against the tall, athletic Warriors’ squad. Grace shot just 32 percent from the floor.
The Warriors (3-1) jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter, and Grace never made up the difference.
Indiana Tech outscored Grace 19-8 in the opening period; the Lady Lancers shot just 3-of-14 (21 percent) as a team, which included 1-of-7 from the 3-point line.
The remaining three quarters were also won by the Warriors, but none of those three quarters were decided by more than three points.
Grace went into halftime behind 33-20. Kamryn Hostetler was the only Lady Lancer able to produce offensively in the first half, scoring nine of the team’s 20 points to go along with two assists.
In the third quarter, Vironnica Drake sparked a 10-0 run for Grace. She scored five points during Grace’s spurt, cutting the Warriors’ lead down to eight.
But Grace’s offense hit a cold spell; the Lady Lancers were scoreless for the final 3:23 of the third quarter and the opening two minutes of the fourth. The Warriors took advantage to grab a 21-point lead, coasting until the final buzzer.
Hostetler finished with 14 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, and Drake added 12 points, 4 boards and 2 steals.
Kaylie Warble produced five points and nine rebounds, and Brooke Sugg and Pam Miller each scored five.
The Lady Lancers end the week at Indiana Wesleyan, playing Friday and Saturday at the Leah Whitaker Tournament. Grace plays No. 21 Lawrence Tech on Friday and Holy Cross on Saturday.