Gryphon hoops women dish up turnovers in loss to Lakehead

GUELPH — The Guelph Gryphons served up a few too many turnovers Friday night as they dropped a 67-64 decision to the Lakehead Thunderwolves in OUA women’s basketball league play at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The Gryphs, who never led after the first quarter, committed 30 turnovers in the game, twice as many as the Thunderwolves.

A 15-3 run by Lakehead in the second quarter pushed them far enough ahead for the win. However, the Gryphs did battle back and got the gap down to two points three and a half minutes into the fourth quarter, but they were never able to pull even.

The margin did grow to five points in the final quarter, but Guelph got it back to two with 1:54 to go. The Gryphs, though, didn’t hit a shot the rest of the way as they missed the four shots they took, three of them being three-pointers.

The teams were tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter before Lakehead surged ahead to a 39-23 lead at halftime. The Thunderwolves were up 55-47 at the end of the third quarter.

Sarah Holmes hit for a game-high 22 points for Guelph while Megan Brenkel had 16 and Ashley Wheeler chipped in with eight. Holmes also had 16 rebounds and two blocks.

Gillian Lavoie had 17 points for Lakehead and was followed by Katelyn Zen with 14, Nikki Ylagan with 11 and Rachel Webber with 10. Zen had 11 rebounds and four steals while Lavoie had 10 rebounds.

The result leaves Lakehead at 7-9 and Guelph at 4-13 with two games to go — Saturday at 6 p.m. against Lakehead and Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. against the Waterloo Warriors.

The Gryphs are 12th in the rating percentage index (RPI) standings at .4448 and are .0001 ahead of 13th-place Waterloo. Top 12 qualify for the playoffs.

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