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Medina's offense falls short, Magnificat moves on
Medina's offense falls short, Magnificat moves onTo say Monday night's Division I district semifinal game between Magnificat and Medina was a defensive struggle might be an understatement.

It's in those types of games that tournament experience pays off. In that regard, it was advantage Blue Streaks.

Both teams struggled mightily early on, but Magnificat pulled things together from the second quarter on to defeat Medina, 47-27, at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. The defending district champion Blue Streaks moved on to Friday night's title game against Westlake.

The Demons advanced in Monday's first game with a 42-36 win over Lakewood. "We missed some shots throughout the game..."
03/03/15     4564 Reads ·
Hot-shooting Titans advance with win over Comets
Hot-shooting Titans advance with win over CometsLive by the three, die by the three.

That's pretty much been the mantra of the Berea-Midpark girls basketball team this season. And on Thursday night at Bob Purdy Gymnasium, they were living it up big time against Southwestern Conference rival Amherst.

The Titans hit seven 3-pointers in the first half of their Division I section championship game with the Comets. That led to a 20-point first-half lead, and eventually turned into a 65-51 win that returned Berea-Midpark to the district semifinals.

The Titans, now 18-6, will play Elyria Monday night at Valley Forge. A win there would give them a shot at their second-straight district championship and a berth in the Ohio Sweet 16.

"Our kids were ready to play," said Berea-Midpark head coach Kevin Braaten, whose team made 14 of 32...
02/27/15     3233 Reads ·
CHAMPIONS! Titans down Eagles for SWC repeat
CHAMPIONS! Titans down Eagles for SWC repeatThe Berea-Midpark basketball team used tough defense, clutch free throw shooting and a little luck to come from behind and defeat North Olmsted Friday night at Bob Purdy Gym, 48-39.

The victory secured back-to-back outright Southwestern Conference championships for the Titans.

"This means a lot to us," Titans," said Berea-Midpark's 6-11 senior center Nolan Gerrity. "This proved many people wrong, that we were not just a one-and-done team.

"I think for years to come, we are going to be a force to be reckoned with," he said.

But it was not an easy feat, as North Olmsted held a precarious 39-38 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the game. "I thought that North Olmsted had...
02/21/15     5106 Reads ·
CHAMPIONS! Demons top Bees to win SWC crown
CHAMPIONS! Demons top Bees to win SWC crownWith one regular season game remaining, the Westlake girls basketball team was on a mission.

And they weren't in a sharing kind of mood, either.

The Demons, with a share of the Southwestern Conference already in their possession, had one more hurdle to overcome if they wanted the outright championship. And from the opening tip, they knew the Brecksville Bees would give them all they could handle.

But as the final buzzer sounded, Westlake had the SWC championship all to itself after a hard-fought 49-38 win over the Bees Saturday afternoon at the Westlake Athletic Center.

With the win, the Demons finished at 11-1 in the conference. They had captured a share of the title earlier in the week with a 59-25 win over North Olmsted, but weren't willing to settle for that, according to senior captain Allison Collins. "It feels so...
02/15/15     5516 Reads ·
Demons' Fury: Westlake downs Titans, leads SWC
Demons' Fury: Westlake downs Titans, leads SWCWith first place in the Southwestern Conference on the line, both the Berea-Midpark Titans and the Westlake Demons were looking for an edge.

As it turned out, the Demons had two on this Saturday afternoon: Their defense and Monica Fury.

While Fury went off for 27 points and 14 rebounds, the Westlake defense was busy holding the Titans' high-octane offense in check. That combination allowed the Demons to come away with an important 49-36 win at the Westlake Athletic Center and claim sole possession of first place...
02/08/15     6136 Reads ·
Titans fight off Demons, maintain top spot in SWC
Titans fight off Demons, maintain top spot in SWCWith just four games remaining on their Southwestern Conference schedule, the Berea-Midpark Titans went into their game at Westlake knowing they controlled their own destiny.

But at the same time, head coach Duke Barther's team wasn't looking any farther ahead than Friday night's encounter with the Demons.

Westlake, which defeated Berea-Midpark on their new home floor last season, made a number of runs at the defending SWC champs throughout the second half. But the titans were equal to the task and left the Westlake Athletic Center with...
02/07/15     5240 Reads ·
Blue Streaks pull out a last-second win over Titans
Blue Streaks pull out a last-second win over TitansAs the game's final seconds ticked off the clock, Zoranne Host's contested layup attempt rolled around the top of the rim. As the ball fell off, Lexy Siggers' equally contested rebound shot attempt hit the left side of the rim.

A case of so close, yet so far for Berea-Midpark.

And a sigh of relief for Magnificat.

In a battle of defending district champions, the Blue Streaks overcame 20 turnovers and took advantage of a big third quarter-run. After losing a double-digit lead, they held on at the end to defeat the Titans, 64-63, Monday night before a large crowd at Robert Purdy Gymnasium.

Magnificat, now 12-1, trailed 32-31 at halftime after committing 13 turnovers. But the Blue Streaks cleaned up their act in the third quarter, turning the ball over just...
01/27/15     5667 Reads ·

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