October 1, 2014

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Girls basketball: Stephanie Haas shines, but Magnificat falls

STRONGSVILLE — Stephanie Haas had the game Magnificat has come to expect Tuesday against Wadsworth. The only problem was nobody else really dazzled the scorebook like the senior shooting guard did.

Add it up and it wasn’t difficult to see how the Blue Streaks lost a 54-42 Division I regional semifinal to Wadsworth.

Haas, an Avon Lake resident, got her points — she scored 20 on an 8-of-22 shooting night — but when the basket turned into the size of a pin, there wasn’t much anyone could do.

Magnificat, which didn’t have anyone else in double figures, relied a lot on Haas and much of the night it paid off.

Not surprisingly, it was Haas who broke the Blue Streaks (19-5) out of a fourth-quarter slump by scoring all six points her team had in the final period.

In fact, she was pretty much the story of the entire second half as 12 of the team’s 17 points came from the 5-foot-7 shooting guard, who will play her college ball at Florida Gulf Coast University next season.

“That’s exactly who she is,” Magnificat coach Meghann Hubach said. “She’s a person who knows when she needs to get to the basket or get a bucket when we need it.

“She’s a great team leader along with many of the seniors. All of them worked their butt off, unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

It didn’t happen because the roof collapsed on the Blue Streaks in a fourth quarter they would rather forget. Magnificat took a 36-33 lead into the fourth quarter but gave up a 15-0 run to fall behind by 12 with two minutes left.

During that span, the Blue Streaks missed their first eight shots and watched Grizzlies point guard Rachel Goddard score 10 straight points.

By the time Haas hit a layup with two minutes remaining, the game was all but over and Magnificat’s dream of returning to the state semifinals for the first time since 2002 was out the window.

“To some point, you play enough games as a senior and that’s great experience,” Hubach said. “But at the same time, being in a tournament atmosphere like this is so different than anything you’ve played in before.”
Haas, who averaged almost 20 points a game this season, left with her head held high, but also bowed out wanting more.

“It’s been a great four years,” she said. “You knew it was going to end at some point, but you don’t want it to end this quick.

“There’s always more I could have done. No matter how many points I score, a loss is a loss. The shots weren’t falling and we weren’t getting stops. There was nothing we could do.”

Wadsworth 54, Magnificat 42

MAGNIFICAT (42): Helen Farnan 0-0-0, Maddie Barry 2-0-4, Stephanie Haas 8-2-20, Megan Barilla 3-1-9, Paige Wise 3-0-7, Bridget Pryatel 1-0-2, Maggie Given 0-0-0. Totals 17-3-42.

WADSWORTH (54): Jessie Gearhart 4-1-9, Peyton Booth 2-0-4, Christy Cingel 1-1-3, Kara Long 1-2-5, Rachel Goddard 5-9- 21, Haley Hassinger 1-1-4, McKenzie O’Brien 0-0-0, Taylore Robinson 4-0-8, Hannah Centea 0-0-0. Totals 18-14-54.

Magnificat 19 6 11 6 — 42

Wadsworth 14 14 5 21 — 54

Three-point goals: Magnificat 5-20 (Haas 2-7, Barilla 2-7, Wise 1-4, Given 0-2), Wadsworth 4-11 (Goddard 2-3, Hassinger 1-1, Long 1-4, Robinson 0-1, O’Brien 0-2). Fouled out: Barilla. Rebounds: Magnificat 22 (Barry 6), Wadsworth 39 (Booth 14). Assists: Magnificat 9 (Barry, Barilla 3), Wadsworth 10 (O’Brien 5). Turnovers: Magnificat 11, Wadsworth 18. Total fouls: Magnificat 23, Wadsworth 10.

Contact Brad Bournival at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.