Comeback Attempt Comes Up Short vs. Lancaster Bible

Senior Danielle Gravel scored 18 points in Keuka's loss to first-place Lancaster Bible College Friday night (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information Department).
Senior Danielle Gravel scored 18 points in Keuka's loss to first-place Lancaster Bible College Friday night (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information Department).

Senior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) scored 18 points and senior Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) and junior Erica Pendrak (New Hartford, NY/New York Mills) each added nine points, but the Keuka College women's basketball team fell to conference rival Lancaster Bible College 75-62 Friday night in Lancaster, Pa.

Pendrak added five assists, Gravel had 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and senior Casey Chamberlain (Perry, NY/Perry) tallied six points with six rebounds for the Storm (10-8, 9-4 North Eastern Athletic Conference).

Junior Brittany Hadley (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg) added 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals off the bench for Keuka while senior Brittany Sinnott (Mount Kisco, NY/Fox Lane) added six points while shooting 3 of 3 from the floor for Keuka.

The Storm shot 40.4 percent (23 of 57) from the floor while holding the first-place Chargers (18-5, 14-0) to 37.5 percent shooting (21 of 56).

Gravel, who ranks seventh all-time in career points (1,066) needs five more '3s' to equal Brittany Schrock's (2007-11) school-record of 174 career three-pointers.

Keuka trailed 5-1 before Gravel and Szwec each hit '3s' and Sinnott knocked down a jumper for a 9-5 Storm lead eight minutes in. Lancaster Bible responded with a 16-2 run and led 21-11 before Pendrak and freshman Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, NY/Tupper Lake) each hit jumpers to pull the Storm within 23-15 with 5:51 remaining before halftime.

Gravel scored seven straight points and Stuart hit a jumper as Keuka clawed within 29-25 with 1:52 left in the opening half, but Lancaster Bible closed out the half on a 6-2 run and took a 35-27 lead into halftime.

The Green and Gold came out fired up to start the second half and went on a 14-5 run to take a 41-40 lead on a pair of free throws from Chamberlain five minutes into the second half. Szwec scored five points while Hadley added a '3' and Sinnott and Gravel each hit layups to spark the Storm.

Pendrak knocked down a '3' to even the score at 45, but the Chargers answered with a 16-5 run and led 61-50 on a layup from Aubrey Folger (19 points, 13 rebounds)

Keuka never got closer than nine points the rest of the way and suffered the loss.

Brooklyn Wilson added 18 points and Katy Stover scored 16 points for the Chargers, the defending NEAC champions.

The Green and Gold host Cazenovia College at 8 p.m. Wednesday night on Senior Night.

The game will be broadcast live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/keuka-college-athletics and will feature play-by-play and color commentary from John Boccacino, Keuka's Director of Sports Information, and Doug Lippincott, Keuka's Executive Director of Communications.

Before the game, seniors Chamberlain, Gravel, Sinnott, Szwec and Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) will be honored for his dedication to the program. During their time on campus, the five seniors have guided Keuka to 72 wins, including posting an impressive 58-11 mark against NEAC opponents. These seniors led Keuka to a pair of NEAC postseason championships and the first back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in school history.