January 30, 2015

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Girls Basketball: Turnovers, lack of offense in second half end Elyria’s season

Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks pushes the ball up the court as Rocky River’s Nicole Popovich applies pressure Saturday in a Division I sectional opener at Rocky River. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Having a higher number in the turnover column than the points column for the second half of a basketball game is pretty much a proven method of defeat. That’s what Elyria had in Saturday’s Medina Division I sectional opener at Rocky River. The Pioneers turned the ball over 18 times while scoring Read More…

Girls Sectional Basketball: Firelands starts fast, opens tourney play with victory over Bay

HENRIETTA TWP. — If the Bay Rockets hadn’t fallen into a 14-0 hole and if they could’ve made some shots, they might still be playing basketball this week. But second-seeded Firelands (20-2) made 70 percent of its first-quarter shots and rolled to an early 14-point lead in less than four minutes Saturday night. Thanks to Read More…

Boys Basketball: Ross Lewis makes tough 3-pointer at buzzer to give Vermilion win over Elyria

Elyria's Marquise Dalton drives between Vermilion's Ross Lewis, left, and Seth Konrad. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Ross Lewis had cleaner looks Saturday afternoon, but no shot was sweeter. Lewis knocked down a well-defended 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Vermilion over Elyria 49-48 in a rare matinee non-conference makeup game. The Sailors improved to 13-6, while Elyria lost for the fourth time in five games to fall to 14-7. Read More…

Boys basketball: Clearview comes up with big plays late to down Columbia, pull closer in PAC Stripes Division race

Clearview's Daimon Knowles shoots past Columbia's David Delahunty. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Columbia had what it wanted, but it didn’t want what unfolded. With less than a minute on the clock the Raiders had the ball in their hands, down by a point, but a Daimon Knowles steal led to an Antonio Bennett basket that sealed the deal Friday in Clearview’s 68-61 Patriot Athletic Read More…

Boys basketball: Isaiah Walton, fellow seniors lead way as Elyria snaps three-game losing skid with rout of Mayfield

Elyria's Hunter Parsh drives on Mayfield's Matt Flowers at Elyria High School on Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — After three straight double-digit losses, Elyria needed something positive Friday and it got it on Senior Night with a 64-45 win over Mayfield. Isaiah Walton, one of the seniors honored before the game, played through Mayfield’s football mentality to score 25 points and pass Robert Nelson for seventh place on the all-time career Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic overcomes second-quarter struggles to bounce Rocky River

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic’s Jeremy Holley stood outside of the Panthers locker room after Friday’s game against Rocky River bloodied but satisfied. Holley had 12 points and 15 rebounds before leaving the court after taking an inadvertent elbow to the nose with 1:03 left to play in Elyria Catholic’s 44-34 West Shore Conference win. While Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake’s title nixed by Berea-Midpark

Westlake's Corinne Furci drives past Berea-Midpark's Jess Barnes . KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BEREA — Westlake entered Berea-Midpark’s gymnasium Thursday night with the hopes of sharing a Southwestern Conference title. Instead, the Demons shared the pain the Titans have inflicted on everyone in the league this season, as Berea-Midpark rolled to a 59-31 and the first conference title in the school’s brief history. Westlake (16-4, 10-2 SWC) knew Read More…

Girls Basketball Sectional Preview: Firelands determined to change postseason history, make tourney run

Casey Morrissette, left, Kelly Hall and Brandi Holowecky power a balanced Firelands team. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

After winning two consecutive Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championships and going 36-7 in the regular season over those two years, Firelands finds itself in an unfamiliar role heading into Division II tournament play. The Falcons, who have won only one sectional game in the past five years, are a favorite to advance deep in Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain learns from close losses, closes out Shaw for 66-62 win

EAST CLEVELAND — Losing stinks, and close losses often are more difficult to stomach. But when those close losses subsequently help a team eventually learn how to win them, they become a little more worthwhile. Youthful Lorain, which has suffered close losses throughout the season in its meat-grinder schedule, looked quite comfortable down the stretch Read More…

Girls Basketball: Brunswick too good from long range, shoots down Elyria on its Senior Night

Elyria senior Kelsey Brooks jumps to make a shot as Brunswick's Paige Salisbury attempts to block her shot on Wednesday at Elyria High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — In a barrage from outside the arc, Brunswick guard Farrah Benner set the school’s single-season 3-point field goal record Wednesday night. Benner, a sophomore, drilled seven of them — four in the first half — on her way to a game-high 29 points and her record 57th three for the season. The Blue Read More…