November 25, 2014

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Girls basketball: Alex Harris’ play is key in Titans’ victory

LORAIN — Alex Harris served notice Wednesday night that she is ready to take on all challengers in senior season.

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The 6-foot-3 Penn State recruit scored 15 points to go along with 15 rebounds as Lorain defeated Avon 37-30 in a non-league game.

Harris said Titans coach Mark Feldmann challenged her to grab 10 rebounds in the first half. She came up just one shy despite sitting out the final 5:55 of the first quarter after picking up two early fouls.

“I’ve been waiting for this game. This was our home opener so we were really hyped in the locker room,” Harris said. “As a 6-foot-3 post player, most of my points are going to come off putbacks, so that’s why it’s so important for me to get those rebounds.”

Feldmann had high praise for Harris, saying she played a “monster game” and comparing her to another great rebounder.

“She’s a Dennis Rodman-type player,” he said of Harris. “She can get buckets, don’t get me wrong, but she just has to go out there and get rebounds and play her game. Just because someone is going to Penn State doesn’t mean they have to get all the points.”

With Harris on the bench, Lorain (2-1) found itself tied 6-6 after one quarter. But with Harris back in the game to start the second quarter, Lorain went on an 11-2 run to open up a 17-6 lead, with Harris leading the way with seven second-quarter points.

The Shoregals (0-2) were plagued by poor shooting, going 13-for-45 from the field — 29 percent. Senior Molly Disbrow led Avon Lake with 11 points.

“We work on fundamentals every day, shooting drills and defensive drills, we have had some great practices. Now we just have to put it to use in the games,” Avon Lake coach Dave Zvara said. “You can shoot 100 percent in practice, but if you can’t do it in a game, you’re not preparing yourself right.”

The Shoregals had one offensive highlight at the end of the first quarter, when as time was running out, sophomore guard Ali Balthaser raced down the court, pulled up from just inside the 3-point arc and banked home a 19-foot jumper just before the buzzer.

Lorain had shooting woes of its own but where the Titans struggled was from the foul line, where they went 10-for-30, a dismal 33-percent shooting mark. In the fourth quarter when they needed to put the game away, the Titans were just 3-of-15 from the foul line.

“We have a list of about 27 things we still need to improve on and free throws are No. 1 and No. 2 on the list,” Feldmann said. “We’ve got a real young team as far as experience goes. I have a bunch of juniors and sophomores who are going to be good players but they are just lacking in varsity experience.”

Junior Destiny Wilson added nine points, six rebounds and four steals for Lorain.

“Our team is really young so they were really happy to get this win at home tonight,” Harris said. “We are looking forward to more nights like this.”

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.