Edison State women’s basketball team finishes 29-2


PORT HURON, Mich — The Edison State Community College women’s basketball team held leads in each of the first three quarters.

But, the 12th seeded Chargers ran out of gas in an 82-73 loss to fourth seed Illinois Central Thursday afternoon.

The Chargers finished a historic season at 29-2.

Edison took a beating in Wednesday’s loss to Bryant & Stratton (Wisconsin), with OCCAC Player of the Year Kailah Johnson unable to play Thursday and Allison Siefring passing concussion protocol and hour before the game. Edison dressed just nine players for the game.

After falling behind 6-0 in the early going, Edison went on an 11-1 run to go up 11-7.

Siefring got Edison State on the board and added two free throws.

Riley McIver scored on a fast break and Whitney Staggs hit a jumper to put the Chargers up 8-7.

Maddy Bakosh hit a 3-pointer to make the lead 11-7.

Siefring, who had eight points in the quarter, hit two free throws with 33.2 seconds left in the quarter to give the Chargers a 20-18 lead heading to the second quarter.

Staggs then took over in the second quarter.

She hit six of eight shots from the floor in the quarter, had two 3-point plays and scored 14 points in the quarter.

When Kierra Wendel scored off a steal, Edison State led 36-31.

But, Illinois Central answered with seven straight points, before a Staggs basket off an assist from Bakosh tied the game at 38 at the break.

In the third quarter, baskets by Wendel, Siefring and Bakosh had Edison state up 49-44 with 5:12 remaining in the quarter.

But, Illinois Central’s Dayja Evans hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put her team up 50-49.

Bakosh and Victoria Newland hit two free throws each and Staggs scored to give Edison a 55-53 lead with 2:16 to go in the quarter.

Illinois Central answered with 10 straight points to close the quarter — finished by another 3-pointer by Evans.

Edison would never recover as Evans hit seven of her first 11 3-point attempts.

Staggs had 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Chargers, while Siefring added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Bakosh had 11 points, five assists and four steals and Wendel added nine points and three steals.

Trisa Porter scored seven points off the bench and Newland added six points and five rebounds.

Evans led all scorers with 22 points for Illinois Central, 25-10.

Cierra McNamee had 10 points and six rebounds, Kayla Gordon had nine points and eight rebounds and Courtney Jones had eight points and five rebounds.

Peyton Dearing scored eight points, Kristyn Mitchell and T’Yana Lovelace scored seven points each and Keijah Gray added six points.

Kyleigh Block dished out four assists.

Edison State was 28 of 72 from the floor for 39 percent, including three of 15 from long range for 20 percent. The Chargers converted 12 of 16 free throws for 75 percent.

Illinois Central was 26 of 53 from the floor for 49 percent, including 11 of 23 from 3-point range for 48 percent. They made 19 of 30 free throws for 63 percent.

Illinois Central won the battle of the boards 47-32, but had 22 turnovers to Edison State’s 11.

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