LORAIN — Elyria came into the Lorain County Holiday Classic looking to make a statement. In the second half of Saturday’s game Sybil Roseboro made sure the message was heard loud and clear.
Roseboro scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the last 8:40 of the game as the Pioneers overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat Keystone 55-44 in the consolation game.
Elyria (1-1) was down 11 points, 29-18, at the half but the Pioneers were determined to finally show what they could do.
“We just needed to prove to people who we are,” Roseboro said. “Keystone is a good team, but if we would have lost to them it would not have been good. We feel like we should not have lost to Elyria Catholic (on Friday) so we need to show everyone we are the team that played in the second half tonight.”
The Pioneers outscored Keystone 37-15 in the second half, forcing 21 turnovers and going 6-of-7 from the free throw line after missing four of its first five foul shots.
“The kids showed a lot of heart tonight,” Elyria coach Brian Arth said. “We didn’t play well in the second half Friday and then we got down tonight. They could have laid down but they decided they wanted to fight back.”
The Pioneers were playing without two players, Sierra White and Samantha Harjar, who suffered injuries in the opening-round loss to Elyria Catholic.
The first half was all Keystone (0-2) as the Wildcats went on a 16-0 run to turn an early 7-3 deficit into a 19-7 lead. Freshman point guard McKenah Peters made three first-half 3-pointers and scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half.
Keystone made six of its first nine shots and was taking good care of the ball early on. By the time the night was over the Wildcats shot just 39 percent, nearly equaling their turnover total of 32.
“It was another learning experience for our kids,” Keystone coach Scott Terry said. “They started trapping and some of our players just expected our freshman point guard to work out of it. I told them once you see the trap there is no offense, you just have to play basketball and use your instincts to come back to the ball and make something happen.
“It’s on-the-job training for some of our freshmen playing against Lorain and Elyria. They got their feet wet. We had control of the game but we let the turnovers kill us. This is a smart group so I hope we’ll learn from this.”
Peters and Roseboro were both named to the all-tournament team. Peters averaged 15 points in two games, while Roseboro averaged 19.5.
The Pioneers are also a young team with just one senior, Jocelyn Spraggins, on their roster. Of Elyria’s 55 points, 49 came from sophomores and juniors.
“We’ve got a lot to work on and a lot of things to learn but by midseason I think we can be a really good team,” Arth said.
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Elyria 55, Keystone 44
KEYSTONE (44): Morgan Myers 3-0-6, Sammie Stefan 2-2-6, Darcy Irish 1-5-7, Jillian Peters 1-0-2, McKenah Peters 5-5-18, Roni Benko 1-2-5. Totals 13-14-44.
ELYRIA (55): Sybil Roseboro 8-3-20, Mikayla Christian 0-4-4, Shayla Middlebrooks 3-1-8, CiCi McIntosh 3-0-6, Meaira Williams 3-2-8, Jocelyn Spraggins 3-0-6, Mariah Johnson 1-1-3. Totals 21-11-55.
Keystone 17 12 8 7 — 44
Elyria 7 11 17 20 — 55
Three-point goals: Keystone (M. Peters 3, Benko); Elyria (Roseboro, Middlebrooks). Field goals: Keystone 13-33 (39 percent), Elyria 21-55 (38 percent); Free throws: Keystone 14-18 (78 percent), Elyria 11-17 (65 percent); Rebounds: Keystone 31, Elyria 27; Turnovers: Keystone 32, Elyria 21; Total fouls: Keystone 13, Elyria18.