December 21, 2014

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Girls basketball: Panthers turn it up in second half

Elyria Catholic sophomore Riley Schill goes up for a layup as Columbia sophomore Alison Schafer attempts to block her shot on Tuesday at Columbia High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Elyria Catholic sophomore Riley Schill goes up for a layup as Columbia sophomore Alison Schafer attempts to block her shot on Tuesday at Columbia High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — Elyria Catholic lost the first quarter Tuesday night and trailed Columbia by a point at halftime of their non-conference game.

It was said later that this was due to the Panthers’ lack of intensity. Or perhaps they weren’t ready for the Raiders after defeating two Division I schools over the weekend.

Nor was it helpful that Josie Carandang, a starting sophomore guard, was unable to play because of a back problem. Coach Eric Rothgery said it’s not known when she’ll return to action.

So there were contributing factors. The second half, however, was a whole different story.

EC (3-0) held the Raiders scoreless in the third quarter and rolled on in the fourth for a 48-26 victory, as sophomores Becky Horvath and Riley Schill scored 13 points apiece. Horvath made six foul shots without a miss the final eight minutes.

“Maybe we came in not as ready as we should have been in that first half,” Rothgery said. “But I thought we played better in the second half. We played better defense and we forced the game up-tempo a little bit also.”

An example: Alison Schafer, Columbia’s 5-foot-6 sophomore guard, scored eight points in the first quarter. The Panthers held her to two foul shots the rest of the way.

Horvath’s assessment of EC’s first half was about the same as Rothgery’s.

“At half, we just kind of talked about how we needed to step it up and that we weren’t really prepared to come out,” she said. “I felt we had kind of a big head coming out of (weekend victories over) Elyria and Lorain. I think we just kind of looked over (the Raiders) a little bit, and that’s always the worst thing to do.”

Schill’s assessment was similar.

“At halftime, Coach Rothgery told us how we really needed to step it up,” she said. “I don’t think we came out with the intensity that we should have. It was a little slow in the beginning. But I think we came out (for the second half) ready to take over.”

The Raiders (0-2) earned a 10-8 lead after a quarter on the strength of Schafer’s offensive burst. They led 14-8 early in the second period and, although the Panthers tied it at 18 before the break, Columbia retook the lead on Emily Viccarone’s foul shot in the final six seconds.

It was the last point the Raiders would score for the next 10:25. Schaefer finally ended the drought when she nailed a free throw with 5:41 left in the game.

Schill and Horvath were the only Panthers to finish in double figures, and Schaefer’s 10 points were high for the Raiders.

“We had some frustration looking at some of our scoring opportunities,” Raiders coach Tom Thompson said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket, and credit their defense for that. They were obviously focused on taking Alison out of the game and as a result, we have to find other people who can score.

“We keep telling them that will come with time,” he said. “We’ll just keep working at it and eventually it will come.”

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

Elyria Catholic 46, Columbia 28

ELYRIA CATHOLIC (46): Julia Scarpelli 0-2-2, Riley Schill 4-5-13, Nora Hopkins 2-1-6, Margot Novak 1-0-2, Becky Horvath 3-7-13, Natalie Tremont 1-0-2, Jessie Lee 3-2-8, Sam Filiaggi 0-0-0, Meredith Ternes 0-0-0. Totals 14-17-46.

COLUMBIA (28): Becca Tacchite 1-1-4, Emily Viccarone 2-1-5, Taylor Napoli 2-2-6, Amy Mirecki 0-2-2, Alison Schafer 3-3-10, Alexis Bycznski 0-1-1, ShelbyFriedel 0-0-0. Totals 8-10-28.

Elyria Catholic 8 10 13 15 – 46
Columbia 10 9 0 9 – 28

Three-point goals: Elyria Catholic 1-7 (Hopkins); Columbia 2-1 (Schafer, Tacchite). Field goals: Elyria Catholic 14-64 (21.9 percent); Columbia 8-40 (20 percent). Free throws: Elyria Catholic 17-29; Columbia 10-18. Rebounds: Elyria Catholic 43; Columbia 35. Turnovers: Elyria Catholic 11; Columbia 23.

Junior varsity: Elyria Catholic, 40-11.