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Boys basketball: Columbia relies on big man to notch win against Firelands

Firelands # 32 Victor Bauer keeps a tight defense as Columbia #23 Kevin Simon looks for an open man. Photo by Amanda K. Rundle

COLUMBIA STATION – Columbia’s Brandon Heidecker is big enough to control a game all by himself. When he’s surrounded by four teammates who are hitting outside jumpers and making textbook passes, they combine to create an unstoppable force. Firelands found out exactly how unstoppable the Raiders can be Friday night as Columbia rolled to a Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria lets late lead slip away vs. Parma

PARMA — There were plenty of reasons Elyria came away from Parma on the short end of a 51-49 Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division basketball game Friday night. Brett Larrick, the Pioneers coach, had the answers. “We had the lead,” he said. “You miss free throws, you miss layups. Fourth quarter 2-for-6 from the free Read More…

Boys, girls basketball scores: Dec. 12

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The boys and girls high school basketball scores from games played on Friday, Dec. 12, are: Boys Basketball: Elyria 49 at Parma 51 Bay 52 at Elyria Catholic 64 Avon 39 at Midview 51 North Ridgeville 72 at Vermilion 62 Black River 53 at Oberlin 58 Firelands 46 at Columbia 64 Wellington 56 at Lutheran Read More…

Girls basketball: Junior shines for Clearview, but depleted Clippers can’t keep up

Clearview's Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman shoots while defended by Lake Ridge Academy's Maria Janasko, left, Brianna Kirk and Pella Baker. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Clearview is without two starters — one injured, one academic headache. This means the Clippers needed to rely for offense mostly on junior Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman. Flowers-Coleman was up to the task Thursday night. The rest of the Clippers missed freshman Brandyce Smith and senior Angel Blakely. Smith and Blakely are expected to Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake helps itself to seconds, leaves Elyria wanting

Westlake’s Rebecca Essig puts up a shot as Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks defends Wednesday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Second chances were more than Elyria could handle Wednesday night. Westlake scored 10 points off offensive rebounds in the first half and 14 for the game in handing the Pioneers a 47-35 loss in non-conference girls basketball play Wednesday. All those second-chance baskets in the first half led the Demons to a 24-18 Read More…

Girls basketball: Cold stretch costs Avon lead, game against Lakewood

Avon’s Zanny Sauter tries to keep control of the ball as Lakewood’s Taylor Shaw tries to get it. The Eagles went cold in the third quarter and dropped their WSC opener. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — When the Avon Eagles break down the video of Wednesday’s game at Lakewood, someone may want to hit the pause button midway through the third quarter. The final 12 minutes may induce nightmares. Lakewood took advantage of the Eagles’ poor shooting down the stretch and then took control of the game at the Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic shares ball, turns up defense to blow away Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Kevin Kelley pulls down a rebound in between teammate Ceeven Shelton and Oberlin’s Ramon Eisom on Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — There have been many memorable, hotly contested basketball games between Oberlin and Elyria Catholic over the years. Tuesday was not one of them. EC rolled to an early 20-point advantage and coasted to an 87-28 win over the outmanned and very young Phoenix. The Panthers (2-0) forced 18 first-half turnovers with quick traps Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon Lake’s depth does job vs. Columbia

COLUMBIA STATION — This version of the Avon Lake Shoremen does not feature a go-to player the team can count on to score 20 or more points a night. No, these Shoremen must get a team effort from their young group each night to compete — and they did Tuesday. Avon Lake had three guards Read More…

Boys basketball: Amherst downs Clearview for first win

Amherst’s Casey McConihe goes up for a shot Tuesday night during a victory over Clearview. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Clearview’s Jason Young owned the paint, but Amherst owned everything else. The Comets overcame a big night from the Clippers’ only returning starter to win their first game of the season Tuesday night, 67-48. Against the smaller Amherst front line, Young scored 17 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots, but the Read More…

Boys basketball: Firelands closes out Open Door early

Firelands’ Casey Smith and Open Door’s Drew Zaborowski battle for a rebound during the Falcons’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands flew out of the gate in its non-conference season opener Tuesday night against Open Door, with a 20-2 first-quarter run that led to a 60-32 win. The Falcons used a swarming defense, holding Open Door (0-3) to 3-of-21 (17 percent) shooting in the first half, and the Patriots went without a Read More…