March 6, 2015

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Boys basketball: Open Door rallies, but falls at The Q

Open Door’s Caleb Crowder controls the ball Tuesday during a loss at Quicken Loans Arena. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Open Door controlled Tuesday night’s game against Youngstown Christian for long stretches, using the Eagles’ aggressive, double-teaming defense to create open shots. But the Patriots didn’t control it long enough. The Eagles rallied twice to stave off a furious Open Door push in the final minutes, beating the Patriots for the second straight Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Lorain thumps Avon for second straight title

Lorain’s Devon Andrews soars to the basket as Avon’s Zack Torbett slides over to try to stop him Tuesday in the Lorain County Holiday Classic final. Lorain won and Andrews was named MVP. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — It was a home-court rout punctuated by the occasional slam dunk, an alley-oop basket and nearly 60 percent field goal shooting. To the delight of a big Tuesday night crowd, it also carried Lorain’s undefeated Titans to a 71-42 win over Avon and a second straight championship in the annual Lorain County Holiday Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Elyria uses solid 2nd half to top Avon Lake

Elyria’s K.J. Miller takes the ball to the basket against Avon Lake’s Matt Molina on Tuesday. Miller scored 18. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Brett Larrick wasn’t sure what he’d see Tuesday night in the consolation game of the 17th annual Lorain County Holiday Classic. His team had been beaten handily by Lorain on Monday, but the Pioneers bounced back with a hard-fought 60-57 win over Avon Lake to improve to 5-2 heading into the new year. Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Big first half lifts defending champ Lorain past Elyria, into final

Lorain’s Rashod Berry slams home a basket as the Titans rolled past Elyria in an opening game of the Lorain County Holiday Classic on Monday at Lorain High School. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — For at least the first half, Lorain came as advertised. While Elyria showed some grit in the second half, the Titans still pinned a third straight Lorain County Holiday Classic loss on the Pioneers on Monday night, this one 74-57 at Lorain High. The Titans (7-0) are big, strong, physical and intimidating, and Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Avon holds off Avon Lake rally to make final

Avon’s D’amonte Thornton looks to pass the ball under pressure from Avon Lake’s Mark Pappas on Monday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Avon Lake, having trailed backyard nemesis Avon by 22 points late in the third quarter, made a strong run at the Eagles midway through the fourth. Not strong enough. With their advantage hacked to nine, the Eagles made 10 of 11 foul shots in the last three minutes to pull out a 61-46 Read More…

Boys basketball: Ceevan Shelton sparks Elyria Catholic to win over Brookside

Elyria Catholic’s Darin Guice puts up a shot between Brookside’s Nathan Jasko, left, and Travis Fortney during the Panthers’ 67-29 victory Saturday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Senior Ceevan Shelton figured two straight losses was enough for Elyria Catholic. Shelton scored 27 points Saturday as the Panthers snapped their skid with a 67-29 win over Brookside in non-conference play. It was a good way to end 2014 as the Panthers schedule will get even tougher going forward. “My teammates were Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville uses strong 2nd half to bury Westlake

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Rangers were ahead by eight at the half, but coach Bryan Morgan wasn’t pleased. North Ridgeville was just 10-of-17 from the free throw line and 10-of-28 from the floor in the first half, and he felt they didn’t fully capitalize on their chances. The second half was a totally different story. Read More…

Boys basketball: Kyle Nader knocks it down; Sailors win late again

Vermilion’s Kyle Nader, middle, tries to get a shot off Saturday during the Sailors’ win over Firelands. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Coming off a last-second win on a miraculous shot at the buzzer, the Vermilion Sailors again found themselves in a tied game with a chance to win it at the end. Quickly becoming known for their flare for dramatics, the Sailors did it again, this time on a Kyle Nader jump shot Read More…

Girls basketball: Fairview hands Columbia first conference defeat

Columbia’s Alison Schafer puts up a shot Saturday during the Raiders’ loss to Fairview. Schafer scored a game-high 14 points. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Fairview guard Kelsey Bilak clearly didn’t play like someone with a fever. But she insisted on playing, Warriors coach Bill Harvey said, and he’s glad she did. The senior Bilak scored 11 points in Fairview’s key 38-33 Patriot Athletic Conference victory over Columbia on Saturday, and she turned the tide with a Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic survives tough test against Cuyahoga Heights

Elyria Catholic’s Megan Scheibelhut goes strong to the basket as Cuyahoga Heights’ Dayne Denner defends. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

GATES MILLS — For Elyria Catholic, the opening round of the Great Lakes Hoopfest had the feel of another much more important tournament — the one that will be played in late February and early March. Panthers coach Eric Rothgery can only hope his team can rise to the occasion at the end of the Read More…