LORAIN — Lorain didn’t play 32 minutes of perfect basketball Friday night — eight nearly perfect minutes was enough to do the trick.
The Titans’ 18-0 run to begin the second quarter was all they needed to put away Keystone as Lorain cruised to a
47-33 win on its home court in the opening round of the Lorain County Holiday Classic.
Keystone’s Jillian Peters hit a 15-foot jumper as the first-quarter buzzer sounded to put her team on top 13-9. The Wildcats would find themselves down by 13 points before they would score again.
After watching his team get into early foul trouble Lorain coach Mark Feldmann switched from man to zone defense and watched his team go off to the races.
“We just had to get out of the man-to-man because of fouls and the zone forced them into some jump shots and we were able to show them three different zones and force some turnovers,” Feldmann said. “We made some shots in transition and it helped our players to build confidence.”
Destiny Wilson led the way for Lorain (1-0) with 18 points. Onyx Lopez added 14, including six in the final period. Wilson scored six points in the Titans’ second-quarter run, while Lopez hit a
3-pointer with 2:16 to play in the half to extend the lead to 14.
“Man, it felt great tonight. The crowd was into the game cheering us on and we responded and played well. We are just so ready for the championship game (today),” said Wilson, who picked up two fouls early in the first quarter. “When I picked up my second foul, I was really upset because I felt like I let my team down so I felt like I had to make up for it later in the game.”
Wilson did just that, making her first five shots of the second half as the Titans maintained a double- digit lead for all but three minutes of the second half.
Keystone (0-1) was its own worst enemy for much of the game, turning the ball over 31 times and shooting just 26 percent (13-50) from the field.
“This is a young team and sometimes we did things too quickly from a decision making process and obviously that hurt us,” Wildcats coach Scott Terry said. “We had a lot of our passes deflected and we were rushing shots. We are going to have to bounce back and learn from it. Some kids got their first taste of varsity basketball tonight and we’re going to have another tough test (today).”
Lorain meets Elyria Catholic in the championship game tonight, with Keystone getting the action under way by taking on Elyria in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
Freshman McKenah Peters led the way for the Wildcats with 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
“We were so excited to come and play tonight and I think it showed on the court,” Lopez said. “We worked the ball around and played as a team. We made some mistakes but we pushed each other to get over them.”
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Lorain 47, Keystone 33
KEYSTONE (33): Jena Copley 0-1-1, Morgan Myers 3-0-6, Sammie Stefan 1-0-2, Darcy Irish 2-0-4, Jillian Peters 2-1-6, McKenah Peters 4-3-12, Gabby Senegal 0-0-0, Roni Benko 1-0-2. Totals 13-5-33.
LORAIN (47): Gretchen Conibear 1-0-2, Angelique Flores 3-3-10, Kathleen Kovacs 1-0-2, Tremia Blair 0-0-0, Destiny Wilson 9-0-18, Onyx Lopez 5-2-13, Aaliyah 1-0-2. Totals 20-5-47.
Keystone 13 5 8 7 — 33
Lorain 9 20 8 10 — 47
Three-point goals: Keystone (M. Peters, J. Peters); Lorain (Flores, Lopez). Field goals: Keystone 13-50 (26 percent), Lorain 20-56 (36 percent); Free throws: Keystone 5-12 (42 percent), Lorain 5-13 (38 percent); Rebounds: Keystone 45, Lorain 34; Turnovers: Keystone 31, Lorain 21; Total fouls: Keystone 14, Lorain 17.