November 22, 2014

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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…

Boys basketball: Lorain edges Elyria in Holiday Classic opener

Lorain's Rashod Berry hauls in a rebound in front of Elyria's Anthony Duckett during the Titans' 66-64 victory Friday night in Avon. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON — It may have been a new venue but it was everything everyone expected when Lorain and Elyria renewed its rivalry Friday night at the 16th annual Lorain County Holiday Classic. With Avon hosting the event for the first time, the Titans took control as the game wore on to beat Elyria 66-64 for 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…

Boys basketball: Westlake senior Gavin Skelly comes up big with 30 points, 15 rebounds in win over Bay

Westlake senior and Northwestern recruit Gavin Skelly leaps past Bay's Collin DeBarr for a basket Monday in a 75-55 Westlake win. The 6-foot-9 Skelly poured in 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — To borrow the catchphrase made famous by television chef Emeril Lagasse, Westlake’s Gavin Skelly “kicked it up a notch Monday night.” The 6-foot-9 senior scored a season-high 30 points to go along with 15 rebounds and two blocked shots as the Demons defeated Bay 75-55 in a non-league game. Westlake remained perfect at 7-0 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…

Girls basketball: Westlake’s excellent first half leads to a whole lot of fun as Demons roll over Lake Catholic by 20

Westlake's Taylor Hood, left, dives for a loose ball against Jill Gidson of Lake Catholic. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TWINSBURG — A day after a tough conference game it would have been easy for Westlake to come out and play lethargically Sunday against Lake Catholic at the Fight or Flight Invitational at Twinsburg High School. Instead, the Demons played possibly their best first half of the season, building a 27-point halftime lead en route Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria coach questions team’s effort after Twinsburg hands Pioneers second blowout loss in three days

Elyria's Shayla Middlebrooks shoots in the first half against Twinsburg. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TWINSBURG — After watching his team lose by 30 or more points for the second time in three days, Elyria coach Brian Arth walked out of his team’s locker room with a look of disbelief and disgust etched on his face. Not only had the Pioneers been run off the court by host Twinsburg in Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria shows resiliency, bounces back after losing lead to hand Berlin Hiland its first loss of the season

WOOSTER — A quick start and a strong finish propelled Elyria past undefeated Berlin Hiland 59-51 in its first appearance at the 10th annual Steve Smith WQKT Holiday Hoops Classic at the College of Wooster. Smith was a longtime coach at Orrville, winning two state titles along the way. Part of the proceeds from the Read More…

Boys basketball: Open Door hoists own trophy after J.P. Miraldi scores 28 in finals win over Christian Community

ELYRIA — Thanks to the play of sophomore J.P. Miraldi, Open Door coach Todd Wright will finally be able to get a good night’s sleep. Miraldi scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Patriots to a 75-67 win Saturday over Christian Community in the championship game of the Open Door Christmas Classic. It was Read More…