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On four-game streak, Kenston girls take lead in CVC
On four-game streak, Kenston girls take lead in CVC
By TONY LANGE
Kenston's girls' basketball team established itself as the front-runner in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division after disposing of Perry in overtime and Aurora last week. Aurora was ranked fifth in the Associated Press Division II poll.
The Lady Bombers are 6-0 in conference action, while Aurora is 4-1 and Perry is 5-2. All three teams have to play one another again before the season is over. West Geauga, Chagrin Falls and Orange all have below .500 records.
Meanwhille, Gilmour Academy has rolled to an 11-1 overall record.
Kenston perfect in CVC
After losing to nonconference foe Holy Name, 57-49, and dropping to a 4-2 record, the Lady Bombers bounced back with a four-game win streak to put them at 8-2 overall. The triumphs included Maple Heights, 61-36, Perry, 37-34 in overtime, Aurora, 50-29, and West Geauga, 53-19.
Against Perry, the Lady Bombers led the Pirates 22-20 at halftime before both teams turned up the heat on the defensive end of the floor. Kenston scored 10 points in the second half and Perry scored 12 as the score was 32-32 heading into overtime. Kenston outscored Perry 5-2 in extra minutes.
The Lady Bombers' defense carried over to the next game against Aurora. Kenston, playing without injured starter Megan Waldorff, handed the Greenmen their first loss of the season.
Leading scorer through the first 10 games was Julie Weilemann, who averaged 8.7 points per game. She led the Lady Bombers with 14 points against Perry and 13 points against Aurora.
Ali Read averaged 7.5 points, Waldorff averaged 6.8 points and Catherine Rachek averaged 5.7 points. Rachek led the Lady Bombers with 13 points against West Geauga and had 11 points against Aurora.
Kenston hosts Orange at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and visits Berkshire at 6:30 p.m. Jan 26.
Gilmour starts fast
Winning all three games during a holiday tournament in Florida, Gilmour Academy brought back the heat to Ohio and is on a nine-game winning streak and stands 11-1 overall.
During the trip, the Lady Lancers beat Wellesey, 45-30, Bartow, 61-48, and Indian Rocks, 57-46, before heading back north. In the most recent games, they beat Hawken, 87-33, Western Reserve Academy 65-33, and Lutheran West 51-43.
Gilmour's lone lost was to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, which was ranked second in the Associated Press Division II poll.
Against Hawken, Abbey Deckard scored 25 points. Against WRA, Brittany Layton and Jessica Janota led the Lady Lancers with 16 points each. Against Lutheran West, the Lady Lancers were led by Calla Telzrow, who had 12 points.
For the season, Layton leads the team, averaging 12.4 points per game. Deckard averages 12.3 points, Janota averages 9.2 points and Telzrow averages 8.4 points.
Gilmour travels to Padua at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and hosts Parma at 7 p.m. Jan. 25.
Chagrin drops to 2-7
After a 1-4 start, the basket doesn't seem to be getting any bigger for Chagrin Falls. The Lady Tigers went 1-3 since returning from the holiday break to put their record at 2-7 overall, including a 1-5 CVC mark.
The Lady Tigers lost to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 45-33, and West Geauga, 42-29, before winning their first conference game against Orange, 36-35. The victory was short-lived after playing and losing three days later to Aurora, 56-34. It was the Lady Tigers' second loss of the season to the Greenmen. In the first meeting, Aurora won, 44-36.
Against West Geauga game, the Lady Tigers trailed by one point going into the fourth quarter before the being outscored 20-8.
During Chagrin Falls' triumph over Orange, the Lady Tigers' momentum was not in their favor when they were down by four points after the Lions outscored them 14-6 in the third quarter. Chagrin Falls rallied, however, and won the fourth quarter 13-8 for the 36-35 victory. Shannon Clegg led the Tigers with 14 points.
Chagrin Falls visits Perry at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and travels to Beachwood at 7:30 p.m. Jan 26. The Lady Tigers lost to Perry, 51-36, this season.
West Geauga falls to 3-8
West Geauga had nearly two weeks to enjoy its first conference win before hitting a 1-4 patch that dropped the team to a 3-8 record, including a 2-4 CVC mark.
During those five games, the Lady Wolverines lost to Brush, 54-35, and Chardon, 47-40, before beating Chagrin Falls, 42-29. That victory was followed by losses to Perry, 50-40, and Kenston, 53-19.
Against Chardon, the games tied at 20-20 and the Lady Wolverines trailed by one point going into the final quarter before the Hilltoppers outscored them 14-8.
Against Chagrin Falls, the Lady Wolverines used the fourth quarter to their advantage by outscoring the Tigers 20-8 for the 13-point win. Amy Reinhard led the Lady Wolverines with 12 points.
The Lady Wolverines played Perry even in every quarter, except the third when they were outscored 18-10.
Leading the Lady Wolverines during the first 11 games was Brianne Goodrich with 8.5 points per game, Brynne Walsh with 8.5 points and Lauren Sambula with 8.3 points.
West Geauga visits Aurora at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and hosts Independence at 7:30 p.m. Jan 26. The Lady Wolverines dropped a 55-40 decision to Aurora earlier this season.
Orange loses 7 straight
Orange started the season 1-2, but is on a seven-game losing streak. The Lady Lions are 1-9 overall, including 0-6 in the CVC.
The most recent losses include Fairview, 46-41, Bay Village, 57-41, Aurora, 51-37, Chagrin Falls, 36-35, and Perry 52-45.
Against Fairview, the Lady Lions were outscored 12-2 in the second quarter. Against Bay and Aurora, the Lady Lions were down by two points at halftime. Against Chagrin Falls, the Lady Lions were up by four points going into the final quarter. Against Perry, the Lady Lions were up by two points at halftime.
The Lady Lions' leading scorer through 10 games was Alissa Snoddy, who averaged 10.9 points per game, Marissa Gilbert with 10 points and Ashley Jackson with 7.2 points.
Orange travels to Warrensville Heights at 7:30 p.m. today (Jan 20.) and visits Kenston at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Lions lost to Kenston 51-35 this season.
Solon checks in 7-6
Solon enjoyed a five-game winning streak before losing three of the last four games. The Lady Comets are 7-6 overall, including 3-2 in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division.
Solon beat Clayton Northmont, 57-47, and conference foe Strongsville, 59-55, before ending the win streak. Against Strongsville, the Comets outscored the Mustangs, 36-27, in the second half for the come-from-behind victory.
Solon dropped a 69-38 decision to NOC opponent Twinsburg. Undefeated Twinsburg was ranked second in the Associated Press Division I state rankings under former Lady Comets coach Julie Soltis.
After being outscored 23-10 in the second quarter, the Comets lost to Magnificat, 64-53. Solon beat Alexander, 56-31, before falling to Gahanna Christian, 54-28.
The Alexander game was tied 19-19 before the Comets put on a second-half clinic. Jaime Gluesing led the team with 13 points.
For the season, Gluesing is the leading scorer and is averaging 17 points per game. Kristen Confroy averages 8.6 points and Skylar Cumberlander averages 6.6 points.
Solon hosts Normandy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and plays at home again against Brunswick at 7:30 p.m. Jan 26.
Hawken streak snapped
Opening the season with a win, Hawken School dropped five straight games before enjoying victory again.
The lady Hawks lost 87-33 to Gilmour Academy and 39-31 to Richmond Heights. The difference against Richmond Heights was the third quarter when the Lady Hawks were outscored 9-2.
To snap the losing streak, Hawken beat Chagrin Valley Conference foe Wickliffe, 46-24, at home. Hawken also beat the Blue Devils, 46-38, on the road.
After those two wins, the Lady Hawks were 3-5 overall, including a 2-3 mark in the CVC Metro Division.
Against Wickliffe, Kennedy Clyde and Jessica Waters led Hawken with 12 points each.
Through the first eight games, Hawken was led by Gabby Zuccaro, who averaged 10.9 points per game, Waters who averaged 6.8 points, Clyde who averaged 6.3 points and Meredith Cohen who averaged 5.9 points.
Hawken travels to conference foe Independence at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and visits Western Reserve Academy at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25. The Hawks lost 43-38 at home against Independence this season.
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