December 20, 2014

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Elyria Catholic girls claim own basketball tournament

ELYRIA — Quick, get Guinness on the phone. It’s probably not a record, but best to double check.
Between them, Elyria Catholic and Buckeye committed 50 turnovers and took 64 foul shots Saturday afternoon. That’ll slow things down.
Somewhere in there they also got in a basketball game, which the EC girls won 60-43 to capture the championship of their own tourney — the EMH Regional Heathcare Holiday Tournament.
This was not a game of lasting artistic merit.
But it provided a showcase for two Panther freshmen and a sophomore. Freshman Emily Taylor was named the tournament’s most valuable player; Ashley Schuster, also a freshman, scored a game-high 19 points, and sophomore Sarah Schneider was named to the all-tournament team along with Taylor and Schuster.
In the consolation game, Brooklyn hung on for a 43-39 victory over Lake Ridge after leading by 13 points at the half. Lake Ridge closed the gap with full-court pressure after the break and a dozen second-half points by senior Alex Hansen. She finished with a game-high 20.
And check this out. Lake Ridge and Brooklyn combined for 57 foul shots and 34 turnovers, a disquieting harbinger in retrospect.
Despite the unsightly nature of the championship game, EC coach Pat Higley said it was the best game his Panthers have played this season.
“I told the girls after the game it was a total team effort,” Higley said. “They won it as a team; they won it with effort, defense, rebounding and intensity. It was the best game we’ve played all year.”
Correct. EC destroyed the Lady Bucks on the backboards, 57-37, forced 26 turnovers and held Buckeye (3-7) to just 21 percent field-goal shooting.
“We’ve won against teams that might have a more recognizable reputation than Buckeye, but Buckeye’s a good team,” said Higley, whose team improved to 6-5.     “I felt we were in control the whole game. I’ve never felt that way in a game before since I’ve been here. It was a nice win.”
Schuster’s 19 points were the most in her 11-game varsity career — but just one point more than she scored in the Panthers’ 61-50 victory over Brooklyn on Friday night.
“We just worked as a team and got the rebounds,” said Schuster.
The Panthers got 14 points from Taylor and 11 from Schneider. Taylor’s 20-point performance against Brooklyn helped her win the MVP award.
“This means a lot to me, but it wasn’t just me,” Taylor said. “My team had a lot to do with it. The game was physical. (Buckeye) didn’t just let us go up and down the floor. They got their hands on us and gave us a game.”
Buckeye’s Jessie Hall scored a team-high 17 points.
“You take key players out with foul trouble and it hurts,” said Buckeye coach Connie Rummell, who lost three players on fouls in the fourth quarter. “But we got some positives out of this game. We played motivated and we were competitive.”
Lake Ridge was trailing Brooklyn 42-34 in the consolation game when Hansen drilled a
3-point basket with 1:03 to play. She then stole the ball on the inbounds play, was fouled and made two free throws. It cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 42-39, but the Lions never scored again.

All-tourney team

Name to the all-Holiday Classic team were Taylor, Schuster and Schneider of Elyria Catholic, Buckeye’s Hall, Hansen of Lake Ridge and Brooklyn’s Maggie Bayard.
Contact Bob Daniels at 329-7135 or at ctsports @chroniclet.com.

EC 60, Buckeye 43

ELYRIA CATHOLIC (60): Rachel Wilden 0-0-0, Stephanie Recko 2-4-8, Mimi Rothgery 0-3-3, Emily Taylor 3-7-14, Molly O’Malley 0-0-0, Myrasia Flowers 0-0-0, Cassidy Keating 0-0-0, Tory Rothgery 0-0-0, Katherine McNeeley 0-0-0, Emily Thompson 0-3-3, Katie Shoemaker 1-0-2, Ashley Schuster 8-3-19, Jasmine Fluker 0-0-0, Sarah Schneider 5-1-11, Julianna Tremont 0-0-0. Totals: 19-21-60.
BUCKEYE (30): Kara Joyce 2-0-5, Sylvia Stybor 0-4-4, Allie Urbanic 0-0-0, Kristin Hare 1-1-3, Erika Urbanic 3-2-9, Kelsey Knoll 2-0-4, Jessi Arena 0-1-1, Meghan Joyce 0-0-0, Jessie Hall 5-2-17. Totals: 13-11-43.
Elyria Catholic    16    10    15    19    —    60
Buckeye    6    12    13    12    —    43

3-point goals: Elyria Catholic 1-4 (Taylor); Buckeye 6-18 (Hall 4, E. Urbanic, K. Joyce). Field goals: Elyria Catholic 19-65 (29.2 percent); Buckeye 13-62 (21 percent). Free throws: Elyria Catholic 21-36; Buckeye 11-28. Rebounds: Elyria Catholic 57; Buckeye 37. Turnovers: Elyria Catholic 26; Buckeye 24. Fouled out: M. Joyce, Hall, Hare.Technical foul: Buckeye coach Rummell.

Brooklyn 43, Lake Ridge 39

BROOKLYN (43): Maggie Bayard 4-2-11, Laryssa Byndas 4-7-15, Tina Gresock 0-2-2, Stefanie Schilke 2-6-10, Megan Baker 1-3-5, Tonya Harvey 0-0-0, Rebecca Byndas 0-0-0. Totals: 11-20-43.
LAKE RIDGE (39): Alex Hansen 6-7-20, Jessica DiOrio 0-3-3, Kelsi Long 1-0-2, Jillian Rengel 1-0-2, Mary Shimko 1-3-5, Amanda Seidel 1-0-2, Kurtz Totals: 11-16-39.
Brooklyn    15    12    8    8    —    43
Lake Ridge    4    10    15    10    —    39

3-point goals: Brooklyn 1-8 (Bayard); Lake Ridge 1-8 (Hansen). Field goals: Brooklyn 19-78 (24.4 percent); Lake Ridge 11-45 (24 percent). Free throws: Brooklyn 20-34; Lake Ridge 16-23. Rebounds: Brooklyn 47; Lake Ridge 37. Turnovers: Brooklyn 17; Lake Ridge 25.