By Rob Kiser
If the Edison State women’s basketball team was a little flat early against Lorain County Wednesday night, it was understandable.
After all, the Lady Chargers had defeated the Commodores 86-46 in the first meeting earlier this season — and were coming off a big win over Sinclair Saturday.
“We had won pretty big the first time,” Edison coach Tim McMahon said. “We started out a little slow.”
But, Brooke Hickey and Lauren Monnin provided all the energy the Lady Chargers would need off the bench and Edison cruised to a 75-46 win in OCCAC play.
Edison improved to 14-6 overall and 5-4 in the OCCAC with the win, while Lorain County dropped to 2-20 overall and 0-9 in the OCCAC.
After Jessie Crowell had given Edison a 2-0 led, Lorain County scored the next seven points before Hickey entered and hit a three at the 5:20 mark of the opening quarter.
Monnin gave Edison its first lead at the 4:10 mark of the first quarter on a drive to the basket to make it 8-7.
After Heather Smyth put Lorain back up 9-8, Hickey hit another three to start a 15-0 run by Edison to close the quarter as the Chargers opened a 23-9 lead and rolled from there.
Holly Frey followed Hickey’s shot with two free throws and a putback on a rebound of her own miss, Monnin scored again and Sydney Miller closed the quarter with two bullseyes from behind the arc.
“Brooke (Hickey) and Lauren (Monnin) do a great job,” McMahon said. “They always gives us a lot of energy from off the bench.”
Miller finished the first half with 11 points, Monnin had nine and Hickey seven.
Riley Culver scored five straight points midway through the second quarter for the Chargers and Edison got a “Buzzard” beater from Carly Buzzard just before half to make it 42-24 at the break.
The Chargers stretched the margin to 63-31 after three quarters and cruised to the win.
“We hit some big shots,” McMahon said. “But, I think the biggest thing is we stepped it up on defense. That was the difference.”
The Chargers also did a great job sharing the basketball with 22 assists on their 29 field goals.
Hickey led the Chargers with 19 points. She hit five of eight shots from behind the arc and added three assists.
Miller finished with 15 points, while dishing out six assists; while Monnin added 13.
Culver had another double-double, filling out the stat sheet with 11 points, 11 rebounds, three assists a steal and a block.
Frey grabbed nine rebounds and Crowell added five assists and two steals.
Madi Bonner scored 10 points for LCCC, while Rachel Downing had eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Jasmine White and Smyth also scored eight.
Edison was 29 of 75 from the floor for 39 percent — including nine of 25 from behind the arc for 36 percent. The Chargers made eight of 12 free throws for 67 percent.
Lorain County was 15 of 54 from the floor for 28 percent — including three of 21 from behind the arc for 14 percent. LCCC made 13 of 19 free throws for 68 percent.
Edison won the battle of the boards 51-40 and had 11 turnovers to Lorain’s 15.
“We had two wins two years ago and 12 last year,” McMahon said. “To have 14 wins at this point in the season, I feel really good about where we are at.”
And they will look to continue that momentum Saturday, when Cuyahoga visits for a 1 p.m. game.
Lorain County (46)
Madi Bonner 3-2-10, Rachel Downing 1-5-8, Jasmine White 2-4-8, Sami Shaw 0-0-0, Sarah Kyser 1-0-2, Carrie Carlson 3-0-6, Gloria Souter 0-0-0, Heather Smyth 3-2-8, Tyeisha Sain 2-0-4. Totals: 15-13-46.
Edison State (75)
Jessie Crowell 1-0-2, Holly Frey 2-2-6, Riley Culver 5-1-11, Sydney Miller 6-0-15, Carly Buzzard 3-1-7, Katie Poteet 0-0-0, Dana Heckman 1-0-2, Lauren Monnin 6-0-13, Julianna Yingst 0-0-0, Brooke Hickey 5-4-19, Courtney Esser 0-0-0. Totals: 29-8-75.
3-point field goals — Lorain County: Bonner (2), Downing. Edison State: Miller (3), Monnin, Hickey (5).
Score By Quarters
Lorain County 9 24 31 46
Edison State 23 42 63 75
Records: Lorain County 2-20 (0-9), Edison State 14-6 (5-4).