August 30, 2014

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Girls basketball: Elyria dials up its pressure defense, rolls over Midview with dominating second half

Elyria's Dierra Hammons fights for a rebound with Midview's Molly LInn, left, and Shelby Plas. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Elyria’s Dierra Hammons goes up for a shot against Midview’s Molly Linn, left, and Shelby Plas. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Improving Midview took the lead on Elyria on Monday night and held it for most of the first quarter and a half.

But when the Pioneers’ Shayla Middlebrooks tied it at 14 with a putback and Sybil Roseboro nailed a 3-pointer about two minutes later, it was the beginning of the end for the Middies.

Elyria (6-9) hit them with a half-court trap, Middlebrooks scored nine of the team’s 28 third-quarter points and the Pioneers rolled 63-38 in non-conference action.

Middlebrooks’ game-high 15 points tied her career high, which she logged in a Saturday loss to Brunswick. Carrie Carlson’s 12 points led Midview (3-9).

“We’re mainly a second-half team,” Middlebrooks said. “We usually do better in the second half. It’s mainly what coach (Brian Arth) says in the locker room. Tonight he talked about trapping and making sure we finish. Taking it to the hoop and making sure we got a good shot off.”

Elyria’s defensive trap played a role in the Middies’ 26 turnovers, and the Pioneers controlled the backboards, 51-26. They allowed Midview just two points in the second quarter.

“I think we were a little sluggish in the first half,” Arth said. “I thought we were playing pretty good defense — they banked in two threes, and in a low-scoring first half, that’s a lot of points.

“But we weren’t finishing. I think we were 4-for-22 in the paint and 4-for-13 from the foul line.

“So we’re getting the shots we want. Twnety-two shots in the paint, you can’t ask for more. We just have to finish. I thought we did a better job finishing and we’re a little quicker than they are, so our trap was working. We got them throwing the ball away a little bit.”

Coach Scott Plzak said his Middies continue to improve with every game, and noted they moved the ball well on offense. But, he added, Elyria’s defensive pressure hurt.

“It’s the same story,” Plzak said. “We’ve been competitive almost every first half all season. But we wear out. We’re not real deep, so depth becomes an issue. Our girls are playing so hard and they’re super aggressive, and we need to go after people. But we just don’t have the bodies at this point.

“We didn’t rebound very well tonight, and I thought that was kind of an obvious thing,” Plzak added. “But the effort was there and we’re making good progress. If we can put two halves together, we’re right there. It’s a work in progress, but we’re better than we were when we started the season and we’re going to get better every day.”

Carlson, who made two of Midview’s three 3-pointers, scored seven points in the first quarter as the Middies took a 12-8 lead.

After overtaking the Middies with just under three minutes left in the second, Elyria took a 19-14 lead into halftime.

The Pioneers won the third quarter, 28-13.

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

Elyria 63, Midview 38

ELYRIA (63): Sybil Roseboro 3-1-8, Mikayla Christian 0-1-1, Shayla Middlebrooks 7-0-15, CiCi McIntosh 2-4-8, Samantha Harjar 2-1-6, Sierra White 3-2-8, Dierra Hammons 1-2-4, Hannah Stewart 1-0-3, Kelsey Brooks 4-0-8, Mariah Johnson 0-0-0, Diavian Rudolph 1-0-2.Totals 24-11-63.
MIDVIEW (38): Jamie Verda 0-0-0, Shelby Plas 4-0-8, Lindsay Haywood 4-0-9, April Rieth 1-1-3, Carrie Carlson 4-2-12, Rylee Kubisen 3-0-6, Molly Linn 0-0-0, Zodie Blair 0-0-0, Zaria Tatum 0-0-0. Totals 16-3-38.
Elyria 8 11 28 16 — 63
Midview 12 2 13 11 — 38
Three-point goals: Elyria 4-17 (Roseboro, Middlebrooks, Harjar, Stewart), Midview 13-17 (Carlson 2, Haywood). Field goals: Elyria 24-78 (30.8 percent), Midview 16-41 (39 percent). Free throws: Elyria 11-22, Midview 3-8. Rebounds: Elyria 51, Midview 30. Turnovers: Elyria13, Midview 26.
Junior varsity: Elyria, 35-21