December 21, 2014

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Girls basketball: Elyria’s defense does in Lorain

Elyria’s Sami Harjar, left, and Dierra Hammons (15) trap Lorain’s Shakeila Craighead in the second quarter Saturday. Elyria forced 26 turnovers. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Prior to Saturday’s Lorain County Holiday Tournament consolation game against Lorain, Elyria coach Brian Arth spoke to his team about how to respond after losing a tough game. Apparently the message came through loud and clear as the Pioneers cruised to a 50-21 win. Senior Sybil Roseboro, who had a game-high 21 points, Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic’s bigs deliver big win over Keystone in Lorain County Holiday Classic championship

Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee pulls down a rebound in front of Keystone’s Gabby Senegal during the first half. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria Catholic rolled to its second straight Lorain County Holiday Classic championship Saturday night. Four Panthers scored in double figures, EC controlled the backboards and used superior depth to rout Keystone 64-35 at Keystone. EC rolled to a 9-0 lead in the first 2:30 and were in control 19-9 after a quarter as Read More…

Girls Basketball: Sophomore leads Keystone past Lorain

Keystone’s McKenah Peters grabs an offensive rebound and looks to put up a shot as , Lorain’s Malaya Simmons defends. Peters led the ’Cats with 24 points and 19 rebounds. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Just when it looked like Keystone might let a big lead slip away, McKenah Peters took over. Peters, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, had 10 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats held on to defeat Lorain 56-49 in the opening round of the 17th annual Lorain County Holiday Read More…

Girls basketball: North Ridgeville opens with win behind senior’s big night

North Ridgeville’s Alyssa Riley has the ball knocked out of her hands by North Olmsted’s Hayley Hicks. Riley scored 29 points to lead the Rangers to a 60-54 victory. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Coming off a strong junior year, North Ridgeville’s Alyssa Riley came into the new season ready to take on even more of a leadership role with her young teammates. She gave them a lot to look up to Friday night as she scored 29 points and hit a key 3-pointer down the Read More…

Girls basketball: Josie Carandang hits clutch 3-pointer as Elyria Catholic downs Elyria for second straight season

Elyria Catholic’s Josie Carandang atempts to get a pass off from the floor as Elyria’s Sybil Roseboro tries to stop her. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Josie Carandang said it seemed as though she hadn’t made a field goal all night until she nailed the big one with 1:39 left in the game. That’s when Elyria Catholic’s 5-foot-10 junior guard buried the 3-pointer that lifted the Panthers out of a tie with Elyria on Friday night in the Keystone Read More…

Girls basketball season kicks off Friday with Holiday Classic

Basketball fans have a treat in store when the girls season tips off tonight in the Keystone gym. It’s opening night of the 17th annual Lorain County Holiday Classic, and the four-team tournament has some interesting elements this year. For one, it features the return of four of last November’s five all-tournament team members. They Read More…

North Ridgeville resident Brittany Morrison picks Buffalo to play basketball

Brittany Morrison

Correction: Brittany Morrison was misidentified in the original story, due to a reporter’s error. CLEVELAND — It’s probably not a surprise that North Ridgeville resident Brittany Morrison is going to play college basketball after graduating from St. Joseph Academy this year. But how she earned a full-ride scholarship to the University of Buffalo was a surprise Read More…

Avon’s Sierra Davidson to continue basketball career at Cleveland State

Sierra Davidson

AVON — Sierra Davidson has been a big part of the resurgence of Avon basketball the past three seasons. Now she wants to be a part of Cleveland’s comeback. On Wednesday, Davidson committed to playing college basketball at Cleveland State University. After spending time at the school’s downtown Cleveland campus Tuesday, Davidson knew that was Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview’s Robert Overy, Ohio’s assistant coach of the year, wants his players to learn more than hoops

Robert Overy

A chance encounter at a wedding more than two decades ago led Midview assistant basketball coach Robert Overy on a mission to win games and change lives. Overy, who has been a member of the Middies boys basketball coaching staff the last 23 years, was honored this season by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Read More…

Girls basketball: John McDermott new North Olmsted coach

John McDermott

NORTH OLMSTED — There will be a new voice in charge of the North Olmsted girls basketball team next season. On May 19, longtime area coach John McDermott is expected to be approved by the North Olmsted school board as the Eagles’ new head coach. McDermott replaces Cheryl Bansek, who was at North Olmsted the Read More…