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Lady hoopsters on traget in early season
Lady hoopsters on traget in early season
By TONY LANGE
Gilmour stands 5-1
Gilmour Academy started 5-1 before taking a trip to Florida where the Lancers were scheduled to play Dec. 28 to 30.
Last year's season ended in the Division III district finals with a 63-41 loss to South Euclid Regina.
The Lady Lancers started the season with wins over Berea, 72-21, and Willoughby South, 61-41, before suffering their first loss to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, 64-41. They rebounded with three more wins over Laurel School, 71-35, Cleveland Heights Beaumont School, 62-49, and Bedford, 62-29.
In the Beaumont game, the Lady Lancers were down by six at halftime before outscoring the Blue Streaks 34-15 in the second half to win by 13 points.
In the victory over Bedford, Abbey Deckard, a 5-foot-11 junior, led the way with 17 points.
The Lady Lancers are averaging more than 62 points per game. Deckard lead the team with a 12.3 points per game average.
Freshman Jessica Janota averages 11.3 points per game, while Brittany Layton averages almost 10 points, Calla Telzrow about nine points, Melanie Trushel about eight points and freshman Kelsey Dugger about six points.
The Lady Lancers will play Jan. 5 on their home court against Hawken (1-3). Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Last year, Gilmour routed the Lady Hawks 60-33 at Hawken.
Kenston opens 4-1
After finishing 15-8 overall and crowning a Chagrin Valley Conference championship in the Chagrin Division last season, the Lady Bombers are back in the title hunt this year. They graduated two seniors from last year's team that finished its season in a Division II district final with a 42-29 loss to Geneva.
This year, Kenston started 4-0 before losing to Hudson, 74-60. The Bombers are 3-0 in the CVC and were scheduled to play a nonconference game Dec. 29 against Holy Name.
The Bombers beat Brush, 39-35, West Geauga, 34-21, Orange, 51-35, and Chagrin Falls, 50-21.
During the West Geauga victory, the Bombers' defense held the Wolverines to just one point as they took an early 13-1 lead after the first quarter.
In the loss to Hudson, the Bombers trailed early and were down 14 points after being outscored 29-15 in the first quarter.
Leading the scoring for the Bombers through the first five games is Megan Waldorff, who averaged 8.2 points per game. Other leading scorers were Julie Weilemann at about eight points per game, Ali Read at about seven points, Katie Ross at about five points and Mandy Merchant at about five points.
The Bombers' next game is home against Maple Heights (3-3) at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. The two teams haven't played each other in more than a decade.
Solon stands 4-3
After a slow 1-3 start, Solon went on three-game win streak to get above .500 at 4-3. The Lady Comets are 2-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division.
The Comets were scheduled to play Clayton Northmont Dec. 28 at the Lady Vikes Classic.
Before the win streak, the Lady Comets lost to North Canton Hoover, 65-46, beat Jackson, 52-31, lost to Medina, 55-45, and lost to Hudson, 87-83.
Going into the fourth quarter of the Hudson game, the Comets were up 66-55 before the Explorers went on a 32-17 tear in the final eight minutes of the game to win by four points.
The Comets rebounded with wins over North Royalton, 52-45, Elyria, 72-54, and Lakewood, 79-58.
Solon is averaging more than 60 points a game and its top scorer through the first seven games is Jaime Gluesing, who averaged 19.3 points per game.
The Lady Comets also are led by Kristen Confroy, who averages almost nine points per game and Kristen Low, who is at about eight points a game.
On the road Jan. 5, the Lady Comets continue their conference play against Strongsville (5-3) at 7:30. Both teams are 2-1 in the conference.
Last year, the Lady Comets lost 51-43 to the Mustangs at home and then lost 63-61 at Strongsville.
West Geauga starts 2-4.
West Geauga is off to a 2-4 start with a 1-2 record in the CVC Chagrin Division.
In their most recent game, the Wolverines beat conference foe Orange, 55-42. Lauren Sambula and Brianne Goodrich led the way with 10 points each.
The Lady Wolverines' other win of the season was a 56-49 victory over Laurel School in the second game of the season.
West Geauga suffered losses to Lakewood, 58-44, Kenston, 34-21, Aurora, 55-40, and Eastlake North, 59-50.
In the game against Kenston, the Wolverines only recorded one point in the first quarter and fell 12 points behind early on.
Leading the Wolverine scorers is Brynne Walsh with 10.5 points per game, Sambula at about nine points and Goodrich at about eight points.
West Geauga hits the road today (Dec. 30) to play Brush (2-3), a nonconference opponent, at 7:30 p.m.
Hawken begins 1-3
Hawken School went 1-3 to start the season and is 0-2 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division. Last year's Lady Hawks finished with a 12-10 record and were 5-4 in the conference.
This year, the Lady Hawks won their first game 49-16 against Andrews Osborne Academy before losing to Shaker Heights Laurel School, 71-50, and conference foes Independence, 43-38, and Cuyahoga Heights, 40-24.
In the victory over Andrews Osborne, the Lady Hawks were led by Jessica Water with 17 points.
Gabby Zuccaro is averaging over nine points per game, while Waters is averaging almost eight points and Meredith Cohen almost seven points.
The Lady Hawks will play no-conference foe Gilmour Academy, which started its season 5-1, on Jan. 5. The game tips off at 7 at Gilmour.
Last year, the Hawks lost at home to the Lancers, 60-33.
Chagrin Falls starts 1-4
After finishing 16-7 and advancing to the Division II district finals last season, the Lady Tigers are off to a 1-4 start with Brittany Anderson, a 2004 graduate, as their new head coach.
Chagrin Falls got its first win against Streetsboro, 43-31, in its most recent game. Leading the way was Brooke Kratche with 14 points and Emily Hellwig with 13 points.
The Lady Tigers lost to Berkshire, 46-24, Aurora, 44-36, Perry, 51-36, and Kenston, 50-21. They are 0-3 in the CVC Chagrin Division.
In the Aurora game, the Lady Tigers outscored the Greenmen 22-13 in the second half, but that wasn't enough to come back after trailing by 17 points at halftime.
Leading the scoring department for the Lady Tigers is Kratche, who is averaging about nine points per game. Kate Mackin, Shannon Clegg and Hellwig each is averaging about five points per game.
The Tigers face nonconference host Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (5-2) at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4.
The Lady Tigers beat the Lions 54-50 last year on their home floor.
Orange begins 1-4
Orange started the season 1-4, including 0-3 in CVC Chagrin Division action.
The Lions opened the season with losses to Cuyahoga Heights, 40-39, and conference foe Perry, 62-48.
In the game against Cuyahoga Heights, the Lions were outscored 8-4 in the fourth quarter before losing by one point.
The Lions beat Richmond Heights, 62-47, before falling to conference opponents Kenston, 51-35, and West Geauga, 55-42.
Orange was scheduled to play Dec. 29 against Fairview.
Leading the scoring department for the Lions through the first five games is Marissa Gilbert, who averaged 11.2 points per game. Alissa Snoddy averaged 11 points, Ashley Jackson averaged over nine points and Katie Jarrett averaged about five points.
The Lions play again at home at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 against Bay Village, which started the season 2-4.
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