AVON — Vermilion and Avon combined for 95 points Monday afternoon in a West Shore Conference makeup game.
Had there been something at stake, it might have become a down-to-the-wire thriller with a final score of, say, 48-47. But there wasn’t and it didn’t.
Avon, tuning up for a huge Division I sectional final at Westlake on Thursday night, routed the Sailors 76-19, improving to 16-6, 11-3 in the WSC.
Vermilion had nothing to gain or lose in the conference race. And the Sailors (11-12, 4-10) had already blown out Clearview in their Division II sectional opener Saturday.
So, what did the Eagles gain from the one-sided victory?
“We were able to work some of the stuff we plan to use against Westlake,” said Sierra Davidson, Avon’s 6-foot-1 junior post. “It was nice to be able to practice it against a different team instead of just working on it in practice.
“We got to see Westlake play twice in the last week,” said Davidson, one of three Eagles in double figures “They’re a great team. We played them and it ended up being a close game (a 51-44 Westlake win on Nov. 29). We’re preparing for them as best we can and if we can play our kind of basketball, it should be a good game.”
Vermilion’s only lead was 5-3 when senior Hannah Bartlome drove for a basket about two minutes into the game. The Sailors didn’t score again until 1:44 remained in the first quarter, and Avon was in command 20-9 after eight minutes.
The Eagles put it out of reach with a 24-point second quarter in which eight players scored, topped by Regan Betts’ six points and Jessica Yurkovich’s five. By halftime, 10 Eagles had seen action and all had scored. For the game, 11 saw action and all scored.
Avon made 51-plus percent of its field-goal attempts and five of 10 3-point shots. The Eagles owned the backboards, 39-18. Brianna Conroy finished with a game-high 12 points, Mackenzie Meckes scored 11 and Davidson 10.
Meantime, turnovers, anemic shooting and the Avon defense held the Sailors to single-digit scoring in every quarter, to four total points in the middle quarters and seven for the second half. Freshman Makayla Lane scored a team-high four points, all in the fourth quarter.
“We’re in the time of year right now where we’re trying to prepare for our game with Westlake, so we were definitely trying different things that possibly we could execute when we play them on Thursday,” Avon coach Meghan Larrick said.
“This was another day we could prepare and we had to use it to work through different things. We got to see a lot of kids play, but usually everybody gets opportunities with us. Tonight, same thing. Everybody was able to get an opportunity and everybody was able to contribute.”
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Avon 76, Vermilion 19
VERMILION (19): Jessica Mello 0-0-0, Hannah Bartlome 1-0-2, Sarah Bartlome 1-0-2, Caitlyn Schnur 0-1-1, Jasmine Porter 1-0-2, Kasey Ramos 0-3-3, Jessica Burger 1-0-2, Jen Kovarik 0-0-0, Heather Habermehl 1-0-3, Catherine Schaefer 0-0-0, Makayla Lane 2-0-4. Totals 7-4-19.
AVON (76): Jessica Yurkovich 3-2-9, Payton Mitchell 3-0-6, Alyssa Douzos 2-1-5, Sierra Davidson 5-0-10, Regan Betts 3-0-6, Rachael Poling 2-0-4, Catie Kelly 1-0-2, Zanny Sauter 1-0-3, Sarah Sprecher 3-0-8, Brianna Conroy 6-0-12, Mackenzie Meckes 4-2-11. Totals 33-5-76.
Vermilion 9 3 1 6 — 19
Avon 20 24 12 20 — 76
Three-point goals: Vermilion 1-4 (Habermehl), Avon 5-10 (Sprecher 2, Yurkovich, Meckes, Sauter). Field goals: Vermilion 7-29 (24.1 percent), Avon33-64 (51.6 percent). Free throws: Vermilion 4-9, Avon 5-7. Rebounds: Vermilion 18; Avon 39. Turnovers: Vermilion 25, Avon 6.