July 25, 2014

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Boys basketball: Open Door can’t make baskets late in The Q

Open Door's Danny Stintsman jumps to make a basket as Youngstown Christian's Darien Townsend and Tymere Dubose attempt to block his shot at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — No matter the venue the basics of basketball remain the same — rebounding and defense win games. Open Door learned that lesson the hard way Thursday in a 44-37 loss to Youngtown Christian at Quicken Loans Arena. The Patriots (3-4) came out strong, holding Youngstown Christian without a field goal in the first Read More…

Boys basketball: Titans can’t make late shot

Lorain's Nazihar Bohannon, guarded by Euclid's Devin West, right, and Chavez Harper, goes up strong under the basket. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Playing on the home court of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, coach John Rositano’s Lorain Titans learned two lessons that apply from the preps to the pros. Playing three games in four days is hard and having to make a shot with the game on the line is even harder. The Titans were Read More…

Girls basketball: Titans’ smiles fade in 5th straight loss

Euclid's Shawnte Farely, left, and Raquel Latimer pressure Lorain's Gretchen Conibear. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Lorain was all smiles walking into Quicken Loans Arena on Monday afternoon for its Lake Erie League game against Euclid. After the final buzzer sounded, it was the Panthers who were smiling after handing the Titans their fifth straight loss, 57-38. “When we first got here everyone was excited. It’s a nice venue Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic beats Keystone, meets coach’s goal

Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill goes up for a shot against the defense of Keystone’s Jena Copley on Monday. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery had a specific goal in mind when his team lost sophomore starter Josie Carandang to a back injury early this season. Monday night, with a 48-42 win over Keystone in non-conference action, Rothgery’s Panthers met his goal. “We knew Josie was going to be out until Jan. 8, Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon beats Amherst in Comet Holiday Tournament

Amherst freshman Sydney Roule jumps to score as Avon senior Rachael Poling tries to block her shot Saturday at Amherst High School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Amherst had the home court advantage Saturday in the finals of the Comet Holiday Tournament. But visiting Avon had Mackenzie Meckes. Meckes, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, was calm, cool and collected helping her team withstand a frantic second half Comets’ rally as Avon held on to win the championship game, 53-42. Meckes scored 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: Elyria downs Avon Lake to take third in Lorain County Holiday Classic

AVON — Elyria’s Jarred Schultz shook his head in disbelief when told he had scored a career high 28 points Saturday in the Lorain County Holiday Classic consolation game against Avon Lake. “They were all layups,” he said. “I didn’t think I had 28.” Layups count, too, as Schultz and the Pioneers powered their way Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview wins DiFranco tournament title

Midview's Jacob Wells gets past the block of Columbia's Kevin Simon to score in the fourth quarter in the championship match at the Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament at Midview. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview’s 66-57 win over Columbia wasn’t so much about exacting revenge from a loss in last year’s Bob DiFranco Memorial Tournament championship. Nor was it about claiming the holiday title for the second time in three years. Instead it was about Middies coach Troy DiFranco wanting to find an identity for his Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon holds on for 2-point win over Elyria

Avon's Sierra Davidson and Elyria's Sierra White struggle for possession of the ball. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — After 12 ties and seven lead changes, Avon’s Brianna Conroy took matters into her own hands. The 6-foot junior scored on a putback layup with 21.2 seconds to go to put Avon on top and the Eagles held on for a 54-52 win over Elyria in the opening game of the Comet Holiday Read More…

Boys basketball: Raiders advance to DiFranco tournament title game

Columbia’s Jay Banyasz goes to the basket Friday in a victory over Amherst during the first round of the Bob DiFranco Memorial Tournament. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — No one has repeated as the DiFranco Memorial Tournament champions since Amherst accomplished as much in 2003-04. Columbia put itself in prime position to end that streak Friday night, notching a thrilling 69-64 victory over the Comets in the opening game of the annual tourney at Midview’s Kubuski Gymnasium. “It’s definitely one Read More…