ROCKY RIVER — With just two seniors on his roster, Lorain coach Mark Feldmann knew there would be speed bumps on the road to success this season.
On Wednesday night, the Titans ran into one the size of Mt. Everest named Magnificat.
The defending Division I district champion Blue Streaks dominated on both ends of the court, on the glass and most importantly on the scoreboard, rolling to a 73-30 non-conference victory over Lorain.
Magnificat (5-1) set the tone early by jumping out to a 13-4 lead, then going on a 13-0 run to extend its lead to 26-6. The Blue Streaks shot over 50 percent (16-of-31) from the field in the first half and frustrated the Titans’ young guards with a three-quarter court pressure defense.
Lorain senior and Penn State recruit Alex Harris led her team with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots, but the Titans (5-2) were unable to overcome their shaky start.
“We knew getting off to a quick start would be important against Lorain and we also came out in our press, which we haven’t been doing, because we thought it would keep us focused and lead to some quick baskets,” Blue Streaks coach Meghann Hubach said.
“We tried to limit how many touches (Harris) would have and keep her away from the basket. We weren’t going to let Harris beat us so we played off some of the other kids and forced them to prove they could beat us.”
The Blue Streaks had a balanced scoring attack with three players — senior Madeline Comer and freshmen Elise Keshock and Anne Ubbing — each finishing with 11 points. All 12 Magnificat players scored, and Comer had half of the Blue Streaks’ six 3-pointers.
Outside of Harris, the rest of the Titans were held to just five field goals and 16 points. Junior guard Onyx Harris, who scored seven points, was the only other Lorain player to score more than four.
Despite the final outcome, Feldmann was happy his team played hard until the end.
“Magnificat shot the ball really well and they are a very skilled team, probably more skilled then we are so I was really proud of the effort my girls gave tonight,” Feldmann said. “For a while there in the second half we were trading baskets with them. Everyone on our team was scrambling for loose balls and playing hard until the end.”
Feldmann won’t let one bad game cloud the fact that the Titans have been playing quality basketball and are still undefeated in Lake Erie League play.
“We’ve got a lot of games on the schedule that we can win,” he said. “This is still a young team and there are going to be
nights like this. There is no reason for us to get our heads down.”
Despite not having a player on the roster taller than 5-foot-11, the Blue Streaks were able to outrebound Lorain by a 2-to-1 margin.
“Rebounding is something we harp on all the time in practice, it is really a point of emphasis for us,” Hubach said. “So it was good to see all of our post players really rebounding the ball well tonight.”
Magnificat 73, Lorain 30
Lorain 6 8 8 8 — 30
Magnificat 19 18 15 21 — 73
LORAIN(30): Gretchen Conibear 0-1-1, Alex Harris 7-0-14, Angelique Flores 0-2-2, Destiny Wilson 1-2-4, Onyx Lopez 3-1-7, Aaliyah Anderson 1-0-2. Totals: 12-6-30.
MAGNIFICAT (73): Madison Dennis 1-0-2, Claire Martin 2-0-5, Phoebe Sterba 2-0-4, Colleen McGervey 3-0-6, Madeline Comer 4-0-11, Mackenzie Meckes 1-0-2, Madeline Nickels 2-1-5, Bridget Pryatel 2-1-5, Sarah Scelza 3-0-7, Elise Keshock5-1-11, Lily Schwind 2-0-4, Anne Ubbing 5-1-11. Totals: 32-4-73.
Three-point field goals: Magnificat (Comer 3, Martin, Scelza). Field goals: Lorain 12-of-39 (31 percent); Magnificat 32-of-70 (38 percent). Free throws: Lorain 6-of-17 (35 percent); Magnificat 4-of-9 (44 percent). Rebounds: Lorain 22; Magnificat 45. Turnovers: Lorain 26; Magnificat 9.
Junior varsity: Magnificat, 70-39.
Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.