Edison State women win battle of nationally ranked teams

PERRYSBURG — It was a showdown of two women’s college basketball teams receiving national rankings for Edison State Community College’s OCCAC opener.

The Chargers came in 14-0 overall and own the nine ranking in World Exposure Report’s NJCAA D-2 national rankings. Owens came in 12-1 overall, 1-0 in the OCCAC and ranked first in the NJCAA D-3 poll.

The Chargers found themselves in an unusual position before rallying for a 72-66 victory.

Edison played from behind the entire first half, trailing 19-11 after one quarter and 40-23 at halftime.

But, with Kailah Johnson scoring 23 points in the second half, Edison State rallied for the win.

Johnson scored 13 points in the third quarter and Allison Siefring added five as the Chargers outpointed Owens 26-9 to pull even at 49 going to the final quarter.

With Johnson scoring 10 points in the last 10 minutes and Ajohlon Bullock adding five, Edison continued the momentum with a 23-17 advantage to get the win.

Johnson finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots and Siefring added 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Bulllock had 11 points and nine rebounds, Victoria Newland had six rebounds and Audra Schaub and Maddy Bakosh both had four steals.

Kierra Wendel scored six points.

Cierra Harris had 14 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for Owens.

Taylor Starks scored 14 points and Hayley St. John had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Keianna Sheridan scored eight points and Brooklyn Green scored seven points.

Jada Moultair grabbed five rebounds.

Edison State was 23 of 78 from the floor for 30 percent, including two of 14 from 3-point range for 14 percent. The Chargers made 24 of 31 free throws for 77 percent.

Owens was 25 of 60 from the floor for 42 percent, including six of 14 from long range for 43 percent. Owens made 10 of 17 free throws for 59 percent.

Edison won the battle of the boards 58-38, including a 27-7 edge on offensive boards.

Edison had 14 turnovers to Owens’ 18.

The Chargers grabbed 27 offensive rebounds