August 1, 2014

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Girls basketball: Lorain’s Alexandra Harris closes home career with win

LORAIN — Alexandra Harris, one of the best players in the history of girls high school basketball in Lorain, played for the last time on her home court Thursday night.

She and fellow senior Ashley Malone were honored with balloons, flowers and other goodies in a pregame Senior Night ceremony. Then the duo went out and combined for 25 points — 15 by Penn State recruit Harris — in a 57-27 Lake Erie League victory over Maple Heights.

The Titans’ Angelique Flores, a 5-foot-4 junior guard, scored a game-high 16 points, including 12 the first half.

The Mustangs (7-13, 4-8 LEL) stayed close for the first eight minutes. But the Titans, who used offensive spurts throughout, put together a 12-2 run in the second quarter to lead 24-15 at the half. After a 21-4 outburst in the third, Lorain (11-8, 8-4) was in control 45-20 going into the final eight minutes.

Flores scored nine of her points in the second quarter and nailed two of the Titans’ three 3-point baskets in the first half. Junior guard Onyx Lopez, who added eight points, hit Lorain’s other 3-pointer.

“I’ve been working hard in practice,” Flores said. “When the defense is laying off, I just go to the hole and if they’re leaving me open out around the 3-point line, I just take a shot.”

Lorain coach Marc Feldmann said Flores, the point guard, has strong offensive potential and her scoring has increased the past several games.

“You know, Alex has like 17 people guarding her on the block and we realized two or three games ago that Angelique is just a natural scorer,” Feldmann said. “She’s got that knack for getting to the basket, getting into the paint and drawing fouls. The last four or five games she started to score more for us.”

Harris said she had mixed feelings playing in front of the home crowd for the last time.

“I know I’m going on to bigger things, but this was the last time playing with my team at home,” she said.

She also said she expected the Mustangs to double back on her defensively, which restricted her scoring in the first half.

“I figured they were going to do that,” she added. “But the second half was just about getting the win. I just wanted to get the last win on our home court.”

Feldmann said he will miss both Harris and Malone next season. He added that Malone is also expected to play college basketball, but has not yet selected a school.

“Both of them stayed in till the end tonight,” he said. “It’s bittersweet to seem them graduate. Alex has so much potential going to Penn State and I’m very excited to see what Alex and Ashley both do. Ashley has a couple schools she’s looking at right now, so it looks like both of them have a future in basketball.”

Lorain played well defensively, forcing 22 Maple Heights turnovers and holding the Mustangs to single-digit scoring in every quarter.

Lorain 57, Maple Heights 27

MAPLE HEIGHTS (27): Toresha Fairfax 3-2-8, Danielle Robinson 2-4-8, Ciera Jones 1-0-2, Sheyana Bell 2-1-6, Jadda Bender 1-1-3, Tai’zsanae Kingsberry 0-0-0, Madison Palija 0-0-0, Jazmyn Maxwell 0-0-0, Sharonda Rowell. Totals 9-8-27.

LORAIN (57): Mackenzi Stoyka 0-0-0, Gretchen Conibear 1-0-2, Alena Gnizak 0-0-0, Alexandra Harris 5-5-15, Angelique Flores 4-6-16, Kathleen Kovacs 0-0-0, Destiny Wilson 1-0-2, Ashley Malone 2-6-10, Onyx Lopez 3-1-8, Aaliyah Anderson 2-0-4. Totals 18-18-57.

Maple Heights 7 8 5 7 — 27

Lorain 10 14 21 12 — 57

Three-point goals: Maple Heights 1-5 (Bell), Lorain 3-18 (Flores 2, Lopez). Field goals: Maple Heights 9-46 (19.6 percent), Lorain 18-61 (29.5 percent). Free throws: Maple Heights 8-16, Lorain 18-24. Rebounds: Maple Heights 34, Lorain 34. Turnovers: Maple Heights 22, Lorain 18. Technical foul: Robinson. Junior varsity: Lorain, 54-19.

Contact Bob Daniels at 329-7135 or basketball@bobdaniels.info.