ELYRIA — First Baptist was within eight points of taller, deeper Christian Community School at halftime Tuesday night.
But the Warriors, who defeated the Sabres by nearly 40 points last month, ran away in the second half for a 63-44 non-conference victory. Christian Community got a game-high 20 points — 10 in each half — from K.J. Miller.
Both teams made nearly 40 percent of their field-goal attempts, but the Warriors (8-3) got off 70 shots to the Sabres’ 46. A big reason the Warriors got off more shots is they dominated the backboards, 43-22.
“We played them in the Open Door tournament this year and they beat us, I think, by almost 49,” First Baptist coach Paul Schotz said. “I told the guys before the game to come out hard and battle hard and maybe it will be a different game. I thought they played pretty well all around, but we just got killed on the boards tonight.”
Christian Community’s Miller, who’s averaging nearly 21 points a game, said his job is to look for open teammates.
“We look to transition the ball and push it fast,” he said. “But if the time ever comes when we get a little shaky in the middle, I just come out and control the ball and we run our offensive plays.”
Brenda Fox, the Warriors’ second-year coach, said she thought the team looked a little sluggish.
“We’re scoring about 70 points a game, but we were a little under that tonight,” she said. “But we got a great job by K.J. (Miller), by Nate Hull, our center; Alante Johnson and P.J. Norris on defense. I felt we had a real good team effort.”
First Baptist (2-12) led twice in the first quarter and trailed just 17-15 after eight minutes. But with Nate Hull scoring nine of his 13 points in the second quarter, Christian Community took a 34-26 lead into the break.
The Sabres’ Chase Parker, who scored a team-high 17 points, put up a dozen the first half. Chad Parker, with 14 points was the only other First Baptist player in double figures. He put up eight of his team’s points in the second half.
“We were only down by eight at halftime, but we came out the second half and gave up second-chance points,” Schotz said. “We dug ourselves a deeper hole and we could never recover from that.”
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Christian Community 63, First Baptist 44
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY (63): Jack Babet 1-0-2, Alante Johnson 3-0-6, Natue Hull 5-3-13, K.J. Miller 8-1-20, Jacob Vrona 0-0-0, Tommy Nowoslawski 3-0-6, P.J. Norris 3-0-8, Quinton Pruitt 2-0-4, Jacob Baker 1-0-2, Zack Zbyoniewski 0-0-0, Chuckie Voland 1-0-2. Totals 27-4-63.
FIRST BAPTIST (44): Matt Plog 2-0-6, Chase Parker 6-2-17, Brett Snelling 0-1-1, Devin Kime 2-0-4, Corey Williams 1-0-2, Chad Parker 6-2-14. Totals 17-5-44.
Christian Community 17 17 14 15 — 63
First Baptist 15 11 11 7 — 44
Three-point goals: Christian Community 5-14 (K. Miller 3, Norris 2); First Baptist 5-16 (Cs. Parker 3, Plog 2). Field goals: Christian Community 27-70 (38.6 percent); First Baptist 17-46 (37 percent). Free throws: Christian Community 4-10; First Baptist 5-8. Rebounds: Christian Community 43; First Baptist 22. Turnovers: Christian Community 21; First Baptist 24. Fouled out: Johnson.