October 5, 2015

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Boys basketball: Lake Ridge can’t keep pace with Cornerstone Christian

Lake Ridge senior Chris Miller drives toward the basket as Cornerstone Christian’s Daniel Bennett attempts to slow him down during the Royals’ 71-35 loss Thursday night in North Ridgeville. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Cornerstone Christian of Willoughby, a Division IV regional semifinalist last season, flashed Sweet 16 potential again on a cold and snowy Monday night at Lake Ridge Academy. The Patriots scored no fewer than 17 points in any quarter in running away from Lake Ridge, 71-35, in a non-conference matchup. The Royals led Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake upended by defending SWC champion

Westlake’s Taylor Hood tries to split the defense of Berea-Midpark's Cassidy Squires and Megan Keefe during a loss Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BEREA — Just in case there was any doubt, Westlake received a stern reminder Wednesday that the road to the Southwestern Conference championship runs through the home of the Titans. The Demons held strong with defending SWC champions Berea-Midpark for three quarters before the Titans pulled away for a 61-47 win. “We didn’t finish tonight Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria rallies for OT victory over Shaker Heights

Elyria’s Mariah Johnson, left, tries to control a rebound Wednesday during a victory over Shaker Heights. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It didn’t look very promising at halftime for the Pioneers at halftime Wednesday night. Down by 12 points after 24 minutes and turning the ball over nearly as many times as it scored, it appeared Elyria would fall victim to Shaker Heights in a Northeast Ohio Conference crossover game. However, sparked by senior Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria responds to coach’s halftime talk, puts away Olmsted Falls

Elyria’s Blake Furcron takes to the air to put up a shot Tuesday night against Olmsted Falls at Elyria High. Furcron scored 23 points, including nine in the third quarter when the Pioneers took control. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Whatever words of wisdom Elyria coach Brett Larrick shared with his team at halftime must have had a profound effect. The Pioneers took control of Tuesday’s non-conference game with Olmsted Falls in the third quarter and came away with a 76-64 win. “We didn’t say a thing at halftime, did we?” Larrick asked Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon scores final 9 points to edge Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic’s Darin Guice drives to the basket as Avon’s Johnny Peganoff (10) and Will Ybarra (33) defend Tuesday night at EC. The Eagles scored the final nine points of the game to pull out a 

ELYRIA — The first and only lead change of the game made all the difference Tuesday night. After Elyria Catholic led for the entire game, D’amonte Thornton’s layup with 3.5 seconds left gave Avon its first and only lead of the game. When D.J. Graham’s stumbling jumper fell short as the buzzer sounded the Eagles Read More…

Boys basketball: Firelands dominates third quarter, hands Buckeye first league loss

Chad Grant The Chronicle-Telegram YORK TWP. — Firelands used a dominating third quarter to blow open a close Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division clash with Buckeye on Tuesday. The Falcons played a nearly flawless quarter and to hand the Bucks a 66-55 loss, their first in conference play. Firelands (4-5, 3-3) had everything going its Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone closes out Brookside

Keystone’s C.J. Conrad, right, prepares to make a move on Brookside’s Nathan Jasko during the Wildcats’ win Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The team that finishes strongest usually wins. Unless, as in Brookside’s case against Keystone on Tuesday night, it had a very bad start. The Wildcats forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter and withstood the Cardinals’ fourth-quarter rally to prevail 64-60 in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game. “We came into the Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone gets aggressive, knocks off Elyria Catholic

Keystone's Ronni Benko tries to put up a shot as Elyria Catholic's Jessie Lee defends. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria Catholic routed Keystone by 29 points to win the Lorain County Holiday Classic on Nov. 29. What a difference 37 days can make. The intense and focused Wildcats turned the tables Monday night, winning a 38-36 non-conference thriller that wasn’t decided until the final six seconds. Keystone sophomore McKenah Peters scored 11 Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin edges Open Door, snaps 5-game skid

Oberlin’s Marvin Jackson and Caleb Hughley (12) defend as Open Door’s Andrew Patterson drives to the hoop.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Stifling pressure defense and timely late-game 3-point shooting was exactly what Oberlin needed Monday to beat Open Door 62-60 and end a five-game losing streak. The Phoenix trailed by six at the half, but forced 11 Patriots turnovers in the third quarter to take a 42-38 lead into the fourth. Oberlin needed three Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville senior hits 3-pointer in OT for victory

Jordan Montgomery, left, of North Ridgeville drives the lane against Firelands Colin Myers, center, and James Willbond in the third quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In the grand scheme, Saturday’s non-conference game at North Ridgeville didn’t mean a whole lot. Just don’t tell Rangers senior Tyler Arnold. It was Arnold that swished a huge 3-pointer from the left baseline with 25 seconds remaining in overtime that ultimately gave North Ridgeville a hard-fought 60-58 win over Firelands. The Read More…