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Lady Eagles cruise past Ohio Christian behind strong fourth quarter


After dropping their last three games on the road, the Midway University women’s basketball team returned home to Marshall Gymnasium on Saturday, January 27, as they hosted Ohio Christian University while looking to put an end to their three-game skid.

After entering the fourth quarter trailing 48-45, Midway (11-11, 5-7 RSC) outscored Ohio Christian (10-12, 3-8 RSC) 22-3 in the fourth quarter to cruise to the victory.

“We knew coming in that they had some shooters and that we would have to really clamp down defensively,” said Midway Coach, John Kenger. “Offensively, I thought we did a great job of looking for that next pass and finding an open teammate there down the stretch.”

The Eagles got off to a quick start as they closed the first quarter on a 12-2 run to take a 20-13 lead into the second quarter. In the second stanza, it was the visitors that closed the quarter on a 12-4 run to cut Midway’s lead to 32-29 heading to the locker room.

Things would change in the third quarter for the Trailblazers. Ohio Christian went 7-of-14 from the floor and 4-for-8 from three as they built as much as a six-point lead and took a 48-45 lead into the final frame.

Everything completely changed in the fourth quarter when Midway got their offense rolling and clamped down on the defensive end. Ohio Christian scored just one field goal and one free throw, while Midway went 7-of-13 overall.

The Eagles opened the frame on a 15-1 run capped off by a triple from Patrice Tonge to build their lead to 60-49. Down the stretch, Kelsee Kinder went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe as Midway would cruise to victory.

Midway Senior Courtney Pfister paced four players in double figures with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Haleigh Yazell added 12 points off the bench, while Kinder and Rachel Carter both finished with 10 points apiece.

Midway also dominated the rebounding battle, holding a 45-32 advantage. Four players grabbed six or more boards. Patrice Tonge led the way with eight, Yazell and Arryn Dochenetz had seven each, while Allyson Callahan pulled down six.

Midway posted one of their best shooting performances of the last few games. They shot 47.4 percent (27-57), while hitting 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from three. Meanwhile, the Trailblazers shot just 33.3 percent (20-60) overall and 30 percent (9-30) from long range.

The Eagles are back in action on Thursday, February 1, when they host Simmons College of Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. ET. Then on Saturday, February 3, they hit the road for a conference game against Asbury (Ky.) at 1 p.m. ET in Wilmore.

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