April 18, 2014

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Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic cruises with complete game

ELYRIA — One regional online poll had Villa Angela-St. Joseph ranked 15th in Northeast Ohio when the Vikings invaded Elyria Catholic on Wednesday night. But in what some might consider an upset, the Panthers held VASJ scoreless in the first quarter and rolled to a 47-24 non-conference victory. This was no upset. The Panthers (12-2) Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria dials up its pressure defense, rolls over Midview with dominating second half

Elyria's Dierra Hammons fights for a rebound with Midview's Molly LInn, left, and Shelby Plas. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Improving Midview took the lead on Elyria on Monday night and held it for most of the first quarter and a half. But when the Pioneers’ Shayla Middlebrooks tied it at 14 with a putback and Sybil Roseboro nailed a 3-pointer about two minutes later, it was the beginning of the end Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain blasts Avon to capture Lorain County Holiday Classic title

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AVON — Things got interesting when Avon opened the fourth quarter with a modest run against Lorain on Saturday night. It cut the Titans’ lead — which reached 18 points in the third quarter — to eight. At that point, it must have looked a little dicey for the Titans as the Lorain County Holiday Read More…

Boys basketball: Kelly leads Avon to first Holiday Classic win

AVON — An old, bellicose rivalry turned into the Brian Kelly Show on Friday night and produced two firsts for the Avon Eagles. Kelly, who scored 18 of Avon’s 26 second-half points, sparked the Eagles to their first win of the season after five losses. And it was their first win ever in the annual Read More…

Girls basketball: Bartlome sisters hit big shots as Vermilion tops Brookside

Vermilion's Jasmine Porter rebounds as Brookside's Montana Banner tries to strip the ball from her. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

VERMILION — In the end, Vermilion’s Bartlome sisters and an unshakable freshman named Caitlyn Schnur outlasted Brookside and senior star Erika Elias on Monday night. For the second straight game, Elias scored 26 points — 20 of the Cardinals’ 24 in the second half — in a non-conference thriller the Sailors finally pulled out, 43-40. Read More…

Boys basketball: Lakewood defense stops Elyria Catholic cold

Elyria Catholic’s Darin Guice goes up for 
a basket as Lakewood’s Mike Angers attempts to block Friday night in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic hit a second-half cold spell Friday night. This was unfortunate, because the Panthers, who made nearly half their field-goal attempts in the first half, couldn’t hit 30 percent after the break. That statistic, more than any other, tells the story of EC’s 67-60 West Shore Conference loss to Lakewood at the Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic has no answers for Lakewood

Elyria Catholic's Becky Horvath is blocked by Lakewood's Megan Barrett. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Lakewood girls showed up at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum on Wednesday night with one loss on their record. It must have been to the Celtics or Spurs or somebody. Well, maybe not. Even so, the Rangers looked like world beaters in pinning a 68-36 West Shore Conference loss on previously once-beaten EC. Read More…

Girls basketball: Parents’ skirmish following Saturday loss to Strongsville means no Monday game for Elyria High

ELYRIA — The Elyria-Avon Lake girls basketball game scheduled for Monday night at Elyria High was postponed because of a weekend outburst and fight involving Elyria parents with fans and coaches from Strongsville. Strongsville defeated the Pioneers 46-33 Saturday night in a Northeast Ohio Conference game on the Pioneers’ court. No players on either team Read More…

Girls basketball: Warriors hand Clearview first loss of season

Clearview's Angel Blakely shoots over Fairview Rachel Malloy. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Fairview guard Katie Smith nearly matched her career-best scoring mark Wednesday night. The 5-foot-7 senior scored 27 in leading the Warriors to a 60-41 Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division win over previously unbeaten Clearview. Smith, who scored 29 against Beachwood earlier in the season, nailed Fairview’s four 3-point baskets. Three of her Read More…

Girls basketball: Kerri Gasper’s big game a big reason Olmsted Falls gets past young but gritty North Olmsted

Olmsted Falls' Savanajh Black goes up for the layup as North Olmsted's Sarah Lyons gets a hand on the ball in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon at North Olmsted High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — A memorable performance by Kerri Gasper carried Olmsted Falls to a 49-44 Southwestern Conference win over North Olmsted on Saturday. The 5-foot-10 junior guard scored 23 points, 10 in the fourth quarter. Her one-woman outburst included eight straight foul shots without a miss under pressure. Nearly as memorable was the play of Read More…