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Girls basketball: Keystone puts up a fight, but can’t slow streaking Fairview, which notches 20th straight victory

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ELYRIA — Fairview won its 20th straight game Monday night and set a school record in the process. Keystone gave the Warriors a test, but was left looking to next season. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats 45-30 in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High, improving to 21-3 for the season. They broke the Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Top-seeded EC struggles but moves on

Elyria Catholic's Riley Schill drives to the basket Saturday against the defense of Lutheran West's Katelyn Thornton, left, and Kimmy Evans. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It ought to be illegal to tag a top-seeded team’s 20-point victory over a sub-.500 opponent as borderline miraculous. But it’s almost justifiable in the case of Elyria Catholic’s 47-27 Division III sectional final win over Lutheran West on Saturday. The Panthers (18-5) rolled despite missing three of every four field-goal attempts, more than half Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Elyria Catholic opens with lopsided win over Wellington

ELYRIA — Sophomore guard Josie Carandang launched a barrage of 3-point baskets Wednesday night as Elyria Catholic breezed past Wellington, 75-46, in a Division III sectional opener at the Coliseum. Threes were the field goal du jour. Wellington made eight of them, three by freshman guard Sam Sparks. Top-seeded EC (17-5) nailed six, five from Carandang’s Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon routs Vermilion in WSC game

Avon's Jessica Yurkovich drives past Vermilion's Jessica Mello. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

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 Read More…

Girls Sectional Basketball: Firelands starts fast, opens tourney play with victory over Bay

HENRIETTA TWP. — If the Bay Rockets hadn’t fallen into a 14-0 hole and if they could’ve made some shots, they might still be playing basketball this week. But second-seeded Firelands (20-2) made 70 percent of its first-quarter shots and rolled to an early 14-point lead in less than four minutes Saturday night. Thanks to Read More…

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 — 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 Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon Lake gets it done against Midview

Midview's Grant Overy shoots over Avon Lake's Luke Harris. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Avon Lake nipped Midview 45-42 Tuesday night in a non-conference thriller that was even in almost every statistical area. The score was on the Avon Lake’s side, and the rebounds, turnovers and 3-point shooting were also very close. But the Shoremen (5-13) made nearly half their field goal attempts and Brad Hamilton, Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon holds off Elyria Catholic comeback, holds on to stay alive in West Shore Conference race

Elyria Catholic's Riley Schill is guarded by Avon's Sierra Davidson, front, and Sarah Sprecher. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic scored more points in the fourth quarter Monday night than it did in the first three quarters combined. The result was predictable, a West Shore Conference loss to Avon, which remains alive in the conference race. The Eagles trail Lakewood by two games with two to play. Monday’s score was 38-33, Read More…

Girls Basketball: Alison Schafer gets hot, Columbia rallies past Keystone

Columbia’s Amy Mirecki, right, attempts to avoid Keystone’s Roni Benko on Wednesday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — In a Jekyll-Hyde performance, Columbia came back in the second half Wednesday night to nip Keystone 39-35 in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover thriller. The Raiders made just four field goals in the first half, scored only nine points, didn’t shoot a foul shot and committed 13 turnovers. What a difference a Read More…

Boys basketball: Christian Community rolls over First Baptist

Christian Community School's PJ Norris takes the ball toward the hoop as First Baptist's Brett Snelling tries to block him. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

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 — Read More…