September 23, 2014

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Girls basketball: Avon upsets Westlake in sectional final

Avon's Sierra Davidson gets past Westlake's Rebecca Essig, left, and Monica Fury for a shot Thursday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — So much for home court advantage. No. 11 seed Avon went into the Westlake Athletic Center on Thursday and made it home away from home, upsetting the No. 5-seeded Demons 36-27 in a Division I sectional final. On a night when Westlake shot a frigid 22 percent from the field, the Eagles went Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone hands Firelands first conference loss

Firelands' Brandi Holowecky drives past Keystone's McKenah Peters. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — During the regular season, Firelands dominated Patriot Athletic Conference opponents, winning all 16 games. It’s a cliché that virtually every coach uses when the playoffs roll around — the regular season is over and every team is 0-0. Behind a dominant fourth quarter from senior Darcy Irish and clutch free-throw shooting from Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Columbia rolls by Hillsdale

Columbia's Becca Tacchite, right, tries to control the ball Wednesday during the Raiders' Division IV sectional victory over Hillsdale. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — This one was close for about five minutes. Both Columbia and visiting Jeromesville Hillsdale came out struggling in their Division IV sectional semifinal game Wednesday night. But once the Raiders starting hitting some shots, the game quickly turned into a rout. Holding Hillsdale to just four points in the first half and Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Elyria Catholic opens with lopsided win over Wellington

ELYRIA — Sophomore guard Josie Carandang launched a barrage of 3-point baskets Wednesday night as Elyria Catholic breezed past Wellington, 75-46, in a Division III sectional opener at the Coliseum. Threes were the field goal du jour. Wellington made eight of them, three by freshman guard Sam Sparks. Top-seeded EC (17-5) nailed six, five from Carandang’s Read More…

Boys basketball: Titans trounce Blue Streaks

Lorain's Devon Andrews takes a shot against Sandusky's Davion Fisher on Wednesday at Lorain High School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Demon Hisle was feeling it before the game Wednesday. The senior guard came off the bench to spark the Titans, scoring a career-high 18 points in a 60-40 non-conference rout of Sandusky. Hisle entered the game with his team down five points and immediately hit a 3-pointer before driving to the basket for Read More…

Boys basketball: Healthy Avon Lake makes Avon latest victim

Avon's Chris Maxwell and Avon Lake's Seth Muck, left, and Matt Molina battle for a rebound on Tuesday night. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON — Avon Lake appears to be peaking at the right time. In a season that often has been a struggle — including losing six of seven early in the year and another seven in a row later — the Shoremen gutted out their fifth straight victory, 53-51 over Avon on Tuesday night. Avon Lake Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia lets 17-point lead slip away before getting back on track, fighting off a weary Vermilion squad

Vermilion's Kyle Nader takes a shot over Columbia's Jay Banyasz. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Playing its fourth game in five nights finally caught up with Vermilion on Tuesday night. Columbia dialed up plenty of long-distance shooting and was able to hold off a late Sailors comeback to squeeze out a 60-58 non-conference win. The Raiders (17-4) connected on 12 of 26 3-pointers and built a 17-point lead Read More…

Boys basketball: Grant Overy provides plenty of points, Senior Night memories as Midview mauls North Olmsted

Midview's  Vince Blevins drives against North Olmsted's Andy Lucien on Tuesday at Midview High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Grant Overy couldn’t have scripted it any better. Honored along with Jack Duffner and Kyle Warner before Tuesday night’s non-conference game against North Olmsted as a part of the school’s Senior Night festivities, Overy decided to make his night even more memorable. Shaking off a tough first half, in which he and Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville applies missing finishing touch, knocks off Firelands with clutch fourth quarter

HENRIETTA TWP. — North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan has been waiting for a fourth quarter like this. Morgan’s Rangers played virtually mistake-free basketball in the final period to close out a weary Firelands team, 47-41. The Rangers (5-16) did not turn the ball over in the final period. They only scored 10 points, but held Read More…

Boys basketball: Three Comets … Adam Srnis, Reese Rua and Garrett Klekota … wreck Rockets as Amherst finishes strong

BAY VILLAGE — It doesn’t require an NASA animation to know what results when a comet strikes a rocket at full velocity. There was a sufficient example provided Tuesday night by the Amherst Comets, who used a devastating fourth-quarter explosion to demolish the Bay Rockets 72-55 in a non-conference battle. The night didn’t begin with Read More…