August 30, 2014

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Turnovers, poor shooting hurt Elyria girls in loss to Medina

MEDINA — Not much went right for Elyria’s girls basketball team Saturday night at Medina High School.

The Pioneers shot only 4-of-25 from the floor in the first half, en route to a 19-of-51 performance for the game.

They committed 15 first-half turnovers, and 21 for the game.

And, they only scored three second quarter points.

Medina (7-0) wasn’t that much better in this Northeast Ohio Conference game, but the host Bees were good enough to defeat Elyria, 56-33, dropping the Pioneers to 3-3 overall (1-2 NOC).

Needless to say, Pioneers head coach Mike Walsh wasn’t very happy following the game.

“We either turned it over or missed wide open shots,” he said. “That’s pretty much it. I don’t think Medina played that great in the first half. We both played pretty bad, but they made a couple more shots than we did.

“Right now, we are a little bit incapacitated on the offensive end of the floor. We’re not a good offensive team.”

Elyria did not have starters Sybil and Alexis Roseboro in uniform Saturday night, which may have been a factor.

“We had to make some changes in our lineup tonight,” Walsh said. “We had a couple of starters not here, so it looked like we never practiced without them in our lives.”

The Bees outscored Elyria, 12-3, in the second quarter to turn a 13-8 game into a 25-11 halftime lead. They never looked back from there.

Sarah Kinch, who finished with a game-high 15 points, scored six of her points in that second quarter, while Elyria only shot 1-of-10 from the floor during that eight-minute span.

The Bees pulled away in the third quarter behind the 3-point shooting of senior Faith Constance. Constance, who finished with 11 points, sank all three of her 3-pointers during the 24-point third quarter. ToriBeth Cullen’s buzzer-beating jumper capped the third quarter and gave Medina a 49-26 lead.

“Faith’s hit a bunch of big shots all season long, so we kind of expect that out of her,” Medina head coach Chris Hassinger said. “Tonight is the first time (Kinch) really controlled the game scoring and just being a leader and being able to control things. It was nice to see her step up like that.”

The Bees only shot 22-of-54 from the floor and outrebounded the Pioneers by only three, 39-36.

Angela Tesny added 10, while Madi Tata came off the bench to add nine points and a team-best seven rebounds for Medina.

“That was one of the most 20-point wins we’ve had in a long time,” Hassinger said. “A lot of that has to do with Elyria and Coach Walsh. They don’t have much of a bench right now, but those kids came out and played great defense and they controlled the tempo in the first half and did a nice job.

“We’ve been able to dictate the tempo of every game so far, so we were a bit out of comfort zone a couple of times tonight. It was a little bit more difficult than the score indicated.”

For Elyria, Alexis Middlebrooks finished with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, but she only shot 5-of-17 from the floor. Mary Jones led the Pioneers with 12 points, but on 5-of-21 shooting.

“Give Medina credit,” Walsh said. “They’re 7-0 and they’re just a better basketball team than we are right now. Hopefully next time we play them, hopefully, we give them a better game. We’ve got a month or so to get ready and get better. I don’t think we can get much worse than we were tonight.”

Contact Dan Gilles at 329-7135 or dangilles73@gmail.com.

Medina 56, Elyria 33

ELYRIA (33): Mary Jones 5-1-12, Alexis Middlebrooks 5-0-10, Mariah Johnson 2-0-4, Shayla Middlebrooks 1-0-2, Jocelyn Spraggins 0-1-1, Alex Dick 1-0-2, Samantha Harjar 0-2-2, Mikayla Christensen 0-0-0, Cheyenne Rodriguez 0-0-0, Sierra White 0-0-0. Totals 19-2-32.

MEDINA (56): Sarah Kinch 7-1-15, Faith Constance 4-0-11, Angela Tesny 4-2-10, Cari Pallini 1-0-2, Alexis Smith 0-0-0, Madi Tata 3-3-9, Becca Supan 0-2-2, ToriBeth Cullen 3-1-7, Holly Rhodes 0-0-0, Jessie Holzman 0-0-0, Morgan Wickey 0-0-0. Totals 22-9-56.

Elyria    8    3    15    7    —    33
Medina    13    12    24    7    —    56

Three-point goals: Elyria 1-13 (Jones), Medina 3-13 (Constance 3). Field goals: Elyria 19-51 (37 percent), Medina 22-54 (41 percent). Free throws: Elyria 2-13 (16 percent), Medina 9-15 (60 percent). Rebounds: Elyria 36 (Middlebrooks 14), Medina 39 (Tata 7, Constance 5). Turnovers: Elyria 21, Medina 18. Technical fouls: Middlebrooks, Spraggins.

Junior varsity: Medina, 36-27.