May 25, 2015

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Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia gets revenge, slips past Lake Ridge

Columbia's Bailey Patrouhas makes a diving pass in Saturday's game against Lake Ridge Academy. Also pictured are Columbia's Shelby Friedel, left, Lake Ridge's Brianna Kirk, center, and Rachael Williams. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — With a history of close, hard-fought games, Columbia and Lake Ridge have developed a fan-friendly rivalry in recent seasons. Notable was the Royals’ three-point win over the Raiders in a Division IV sectional final last season. The pattern continued Saturday afternoon. Columbia, battling from four points down, made eight of 12 foul Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Firelands clamps down in 2nd half, knocks rival Keystone out of tourney

Keystone’s Sammie Stefan slams into Madi Bonner’s knee Thursday as Stefan and Firelands’ Keely Hall scramble for the loose ball in the fourth quarter. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — A win-or-go-home game sent old rivals Firelands and Keystone into a rubber match for a Division II sectional championship Thursday night. Each won half the game, just as they split their two regular-season matchups. The Falcons liked the second half a whole lot better. With a strong defensive effort, Firelands won the Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Elyria Catholic rolls past Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Sam Filiaggi, right, gets a rebound Wednesday against Oberlin’s Meaira Williams, left, and Judith Lesesne. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Their shooting was off, but the Elyria Catholic girls dominated the backboards, played well defensively and got a game-high 20 points from sophomore post Jessie Lee on Wednesday night. It added up to the top-seeded Panthers’ 51-17 victory over Oberlin in a Division III sectional semifinal at the Coliseum. EC (19-4) earned a Read More…

Girls basketball: Injured senior scores final basket in Avon’s win vs. Olmsted Falls

Avon senior Sierra Davidson goes up for a shot as Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper attempts to block the shot during the Eagles’ win in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Brianna Conroy, a three-year Avon starter, missed the Eagles’ first 21 games this season because of a volleyball injury. But she got into Wednesday’s Senior Night matchup with Olmsted Falls for 13 seconds and scored the first basket in Avon’s nip-and-tuck 51-48 non-conference victory. Never mind the Bulldogs allowed Conroy to score in her Read More…

Boys basketball: Different story this time as Elyria Catholic falls to Lakewood

Elyria Catholic’s James Tirbaso, left, blocks the shot of Lakewood’s Desmond Rollins during a loss to the Rangers on Friday. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — What a difference a month makes. After scoring 35 first-quarter points, Elyria Catholic breezed past Lakewood, 103-73, in West Shore Conference play on the Rangers’ court Jan. 13. It was a different story in the rematch Friday night in EC’s Coliseum. With senior guard Nick Porter scoring a career-high 33 points, the Rangers Read More…

Girls Basketball: Lake Ridge finding rhythm, gets surprise win over Fairview

Lake Ridge’s Brianna Kirk, middle, tries to control the ball Wednesday during a victory over Fairview. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — If not an upset, then Lake Ridge’s 15-point victory over Fairview on Wednesday night was at least a surprise. The Division IV Royals improved to 10-10 with a surprisingly easy 44-29 thrashing of the Division II Warriors. Lake Ridge coach Lisa Medvetz said the Royals are starting to play well together at Read More…

Girls basketball: Monica Fury scores 27 as Westlake beats Berea-Midpark

Westlake’s Taylor Hood leaps toward the basket as Berea-Midpark’s Jada Marone defends Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Monica Fury, a 5-foot-9 Westlake forward, turned in the biggest game of her high school career Saturday. Her 27 points spearheaded the Demons’ doubly satisfying 49-36 victory over Berea-Midpark in a showdown for first place in the Southwestern Conference. It left the Demons (15-5, 9-1) with a one-game lead over the Titans (14-6, Read More…

Girls basketball: Riley Schill scores 30 to lead Elyria Catholic past Lakewood

ELYRIA — In a classic thriller, Elyria Catholic slipped past Lakewood 66-65 to win its second straight West Shore Conference championship Wednesday night. Those are the basics. Fill in the details and you have the Riley Schill Show. But that’s simplistic because it doesn’t include the heroics that went into the Panthers’ come-from-behind victory. It Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon Lake can’t stop Titans in crucial SWC game

Avon Lake’s Sarah Hessel pulls down a rebound over Berea-Midpark’s Megan Keefe during the first half Saturday afternoon at Berea-Midpark High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Defense doomed Avon Lake on Saturday afternoon in a battle for first place in the Southwestern Conference. Berea-Midpark tightened the screws to start the second half and turned what had been a nip-and-tuck showdown into a convincing 54-37 victory. The Titans (13-5, 7-1 SWC) remain in sole possession of first place. The Shoregals Read More…

Boys Basketball: Clutch Midview wins at foul line

EATON TWP. – Midview remained in the West Shore Conference picture with a thrilling 68-63 overtime victory over North Ridgeville on Friday night. The Middies won at the foul line, not with a foul shot here and a foul shot there, but with the kind of foul shooting most teams only dream about — 24-of-30 Read More…