November 23, 2014

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Girls Basketball: Brunswick too good from long range, shoots down Elyria on its Senior Night

Elyria senior Kelsey Brooks jumps to make a shot as Brunswick's Paige Salisbury attempts to block her shot on Wednesday at Elyria High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Elyria senior Kelsey Brooks jumps to make a shot as Brunswick’s Paige Salisbury attempts to block her shot on Wednesday at Elyria High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — In a barrage from outside the arc, Brunswick guard Farrah Benner set the school’s single-season 3-point field goal record Wednesday night.

Benner, a sophomore, drilled seven of them — four in the first half — on her way to a game-high 29 points and her record 57th three for the season.

The Blue Devils (9-12, 5-5 NOC) hit three more 3-pointers in a 56-47 Northeast Ohio Conference win over Elyria on Senior Night. They were 10-of-17 from 3-point range, 58.8 percent accuracy.

“I practice my outside shooting every day in practice,” Benner said. “When the weather is good, I also practice at home.”

While Brunswick led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, Elyria (7-14, 0-9) created the final 11-point margin with a 9-1 run to end the game. The Blue Devils made half of their 42 field-goal attempts. Foul shooting hurt the Pioneers: They missed 14 of 21.

“This is a great group of girls because they never quit,” Brunswick coach Halle Lengel said. “I never know what the score is, because they’re always fighting. It’s good because we play a tough schedule — so does Elyria — and this is a young team (just two seniors and four juniors). They learn playing a difficult schedule and it helps them improve.”

Brunswick roared to an 18-5 first-quarter lead, fueled by Benner’s three 3-pointers and a layup off a steal. The Blue Devils increased the lead to 35-18 at the half, despite six points by the Pioneers’ Sierra White. White and Sybil Roseboro each scored 11 points for Elyria, with Roseboro nailing two of the team’s four 3-pointers.

Benner hit two more threes in the third quarter, and 10 of her 29 points in the fourth, including her final 3-point basket. Elyria, which was held to single-digit scoring in the first and third quarters, won the fourth 20-13, as Roseboro scored nine of her 11 points.

“Our goal was to not let (Benner) shoot threes and that didn’t work out for us,” said Pioneers coach Brian Arth. “But I give them credit. They got her open and they’re very unselfish with the ball. We played hard, but we have problems scoring at times, so when we get down early, it’s tough to get back in it.

“We kept hustling and getting turnovers, but we couldn’t convert. We cut it to single digits a few times, but we just couldn’t get over the hump. I’m still proud of them. They tend to get down on themselves when they’re losing. That has to change, but I really like our team.”

Elyria and Brunswick face sectional tournament openers on Saturday.

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

Brunswick 56, Elyria 47
BRUNSWICK (56): Sam Malleo 1-0-2, Melissa Movens 0-0-0, Olivia Andrew 2-0-6, Farrah Benner 10-2-29, Monica Wasson 3-1-7, Cassie Steets 0-0-0, Paige Sailisbury 3-0-7, Samantha Gut 1-1-3, Clare Albino 1-0-2. Totals 21-4-56.
ELYRIA (47): Sybil Roseboro 4-1-11, Mikayla Christian 2-0-4, Shayla Middlebrooks 2-0-4, CiCi McIntosh 1-1-4, Samantha Harjar 1-0-3, Sierra White 4-3-11, Dierra Hammons 0-0-0, Kelsey Brooks 2-1-5, Mariah Johnson 2-1-5. Totals 18-7-47.
Brunswick 18 17 8 13 — 56
Elyria 5 13 9 20 — 47
Three-point goals: Brunswick 10-17 (Benner 7, Andrew 2, Salisbury); Elyria 4-14 (Roseboro 2, McIntosh, Harjar). Field goals: Brunswick 21-42 (50 percent); Elyria 18-54 (33.3 percent). Free throws: Brunswick 4-7; Elyria 7-21. Rebounds: Brunswick 22; Elyria 31. Turnovers: Brunswick 16; Elyria 22.
Junior varsity: Brunswick, 29-18.