Balanced William Smith Too Much for Keuka

Senior Jessica Bandrowski scored 15 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in Keuka's 92-70 loss to William Smith.
Senior Jessica Bandrowski scored 15 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in Keuka's 92-70 loss to William Smith.

Senior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) scored 15 points and added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, but the Keuka College women's basketball team dropped Saturday night's non-conference clash to William Smith College, 92-70 inside the Bristol Gymnasium in Geneva, N.Y.

Keuka (0-3) held the lead for much of the opening half, but William Smith (1-1) closed the half on a 16-4 run and never looked back in sending the Storm to their third straight loss.

Freshman Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, NY/Tupper Lake) scored a career-high 13 points in just 18 minutes while senior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) added nine points and three rebounds for the Green and Gold.

Both Bandrowski and Gravel moved closer to joining the 1,000 point club in the loss. Bandrowski now has 949 career points while Gravel is at 887 points.

William Smith placed six student-athletes in double-figures, led by Chloe Hayter, who recorded a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Ali Pliszka added 18 points, Erin O'Brien scored 12 points and Lauren Brustein, Jacqueline Murphy and Melanie Patterson all added 11 for the Herons.

Bandrowski scored four points and Gravel knocked down a jumper to stake the Storm to an early 6-2 lead. The contest was a back-and-forth affair, but the Storm led 21-18 on a '3' from junior Brittany Hadley (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg).

Stuart beat her defender and made a layup for a 23-20 edge, then beat her defender and knocked down a 10-foot jumper to put the Storm up 25-22 w/8:40 remaining in the opening half.

But that was the end of the highlights for the Storm. William Smith went on a 7-0 run, but a layup from senior Casey Chamberlain (Perry, NY/Perry) ended the run.

Gravel knocked down an 18-foot jumper to slice the deficit to 33-31 with 2:48 left in the opening half, but the Herons led 47-33 at intermission thanks to a closing 16-4 run.

Keuka shot 44.8 percent in the opening half, but William Smith was even better, connecting on 52.8 percent of its shots.

The Green and Gold tried to get a rally going in the second half, going on a mini 6-0 run when Bandrowski knocked down a '3' and senior Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) was fouled and converted the three-point play to pull the Storm within 65-48.

But Keuka never got closer than 17 points and suffered its third straight non-conference setback. All three teams Keuka lost to won at least 15 games in the 2012-13 season.