December 18, 2014

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Girls basketball: Bartlome lifts Vermilion to win

Vermilion's Jen Kovarik and Edison's Chelsea Imus fight for a rebound. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion’s Jen Kovarik and Edison’s Chelsea Imus fight for a rebound. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — With the school’s all-time leading scorer now in college, it’s Hannah Bartlome’s turn to light up the scoreboard at Vermilion High School.

Bartlome scored a career-high 31 points while freshman forward Caitlyn Schnur scored 14 and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the Sailors to a 64-53 non-conference home victory over Edison.

Lorain County Miss Basketball, Aubree LaForce, was Vermilion’s first scoring option last season. This year that distinction goes to Bartlome, who has responded. After scoring 19 in the team’s season-opening win over Firelands she connected on 11 of 22 shots from the floor and 7-of-10 from the line against the Chargers.

“I wanted to play hard and get this win because Edison has given us trouble in the past,” Bartlome said. “My first two years in high school we lost pretty badly to them, then last year we were able to beat them. I figured it was going to be a struggle until the end.”

The Sailors (2-0) used a 10-2 run in the second quarter to jump out to a 25-11 lead. At the half the lead remained at 14 points as Vermilion turned the ball over just eight times and outrebounded the Chargers, 25-16, in the first two periods.

In the second half Edison (0-2) would make things interesting. They switched to a half-court trap on defense, and were able to keep the Sailors in striking distance before actually cutting the lead to eight points, 52-44, with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

They could pull no closer.

“We have to get better at building on leads,” Vermilion coach Colin Irish said. “Instead of the lead going from 10 to 12, back to 10 and then to eight, we have to take it from 10 to 15 and out to 18-20 points. We have to slow things down and play looser when we get a lead.”

Rebounding was the main reason the Sailors were able to keep the game under control. In the second half they kept Edison off the offensive glass and limited the Chargers to just eight second-chance points.

In the game Vermilion out-rebounded Edison, 48-30.

“The rebounding hurt,” Moyer said. “We’d go in spurts where it seemed like we’d get some rebounds, but in key moments it seemed like (Vermilion) came up with every rebound.”

Contact Mike Perry at 329-7135 or macsportstalk@gmail.com.