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Offense vanishes for Rangers in loss to Wildcats

Throughout the season, the Lakewood Rangers had overcome a number of slow starts with big runs generated from pressure defense, transition offense and hot outside shooting. That type of response proved to be a tall order against the St. ignatius Wildcats. The tall, lanky Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, then proceeded to shut down Lakewood\'s potent offense. The result was a 61-39 win Thursday night in a Division I district semifinal game at Midview\'s packed Kubuski Gym. \"I made the comment earlier in the day that David did slay Goliath, but he had a really good shooting night,\" quipped Lakewood head coach Phil Argento, whose team closed out the season...    (3374 reads)

Run-and-gun Rangers shock North Royalton, 65-41

Lakewood may have been the underdog based on the seedings, but teams shouldn\'t underestimate the 21-win Rangers boys basketball team going forward. On Saturday, the eighth-seeded Rangers, with their fast-faced style of play, shocked second-seeded North Royalton. They left the Bears in the rear-view mirror during their 65-41 hoops win in the Division I sectional finals. Lakewood, now 21-3, will face fourth-seeded St. Ignatius Thursday night at Midview High School. Lakewood junior guard Wes Gerhardt drained eight of the team\'s nine three-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points. North Royalton held a three-point lead after the first quarter, but the Rangers outscored the Bears, 21-5, in a pivotal second quarter. \"We shot the ball pretty darn well...\"    (5715 reads)

Huge third quarter run powers Titans past Eagles

After a rough start to their season, the Avon Eagles had played some solid basketball down the stretch. They carried that momentum into the post season with a home win over Parma in the first round of the sectional tournament. Saturday night in Berea, that momentum continued to build. Early in the third quarter, senior guard Brian Kelly drove to the hoop and had his Eagles on the brink against state-ranked Berea-Midpark. That\'s when the Titans shifted their game into another gear. The Southwestern Conference champions scored the next 18 points and never looked back. Berea-Midpark left Purdy Gymnasium with a 68-48 win to claim a sectional championship and a berth in next week\'s district semifinals. Berea-Midpark will now face a familiar foe...    (6069 reads)

Streaks defeat Bears for third-straight district title

Throughout most of the regular season, the Magnificat Blue Streaks have used their defense to generate a potent offense. Such was not the case, however, in an early one-point loss to North Royalton. Friday night at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum, the Blue Streaks seemed hell bent on not letting that happen again. The Magnificat defense bottled up the Bears\' outside shooting attack for most of the game, and the offense responded in kind with a solid transition game. The result was a 57-46 win for the Blue Streaks and a third straight Division I district championship. \"We had to come back from that loss, admitted Magnificat senior guard Sarah Scelza, who led all scorers with 17 points. \"We had a bad...    (5477 reads)

Lakewood tops Bees in OT, caps off gym's history

Throughout the decades, Lakewood High School\'s gymnasium has hosted more than its fair share of memorable basketball games. A few weeks ago, the Rangers added a chapter to the facility\'s history as they defeated Elyria Catholic to win their first conference championship in 40 years. Less than two weeks ago, Lakewood and Brecksville added to the building\'s lore as the Rangers prevailed in a down-to-the-wire thriller. Wednesday night, the Bees and Rangers met again, this time in a Division I sectional tournament game. In the gym\'s final game, the two teams rocked the Madhouse on Madison one last time with one for the ages. Back-to-back buckets by junior guard Wes Gerhardt late in overtime broke open a hotly-contested game...    (6300 reads)

Magnificat moves past Mustangs, faces Bears next

Any basketball coach will tell you that tournament basketball is much different than regular season games. The added pressure, the unfamiliar surroundings and overall feel of the game can cause the best of teams to struggle at times. Even if you are a defending district champion. Magnificat found itself in a dogfight with Strongsville in the first half of Tuesday night\'s Division I district semifinal at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. But in the second half, the Blue Streaks regrouped with a 19-4 third quarter, running away with a 59-35 win and a berth in Friday night\'s district championship game. Magnificat, now 19-4, will face North Royalton in Friday night\'s championship game at EC. The Bears edged the Blue Streaks earlier in the regular season, 49-48, at the Fight or Flight Tournament in Twinsburg. They advanced with a convincing 60-47 win over St.Joseph Academy in...    (6168 reads)

Eagles do it with defense in rematch with Demons

Back in late November, the Westlake girls basketball team came away with a 51-44 win over Avon. Both teams went on to have successful regular seasons, and they met again in a rematch Thursday night in a Division I sectional game. This time around, the Eagles\' defense came ready to play. Avon limited the Westlake offense to 10 field goals for the entire game and held off a second-half Demon rally. And its offense proved to be productive enough as the Eagles came away with a 36-27 win that gave them a sectional championship and a berth in next week\'s district semifinals at Valley Forge High School. Avon, now 17-6, will take on Wooster...    (4784 reads)

Demons beat Titans, SWC title remains undecided

With two Southwestern Conference games remaining, the Berea-Midpark Titans had an opportunity to wrap up the outright conference championship with a win at Westlake. But on this Monday night, the Demons had other ideas. After a tough 61-58 loss at Brecksville knocked them out of the conference race, the Demons returned home and put together one of their best performances of the season. They defeated Berea-Midpark, 68-55, to delay any title decisions and avenge a 71-54 thumping at the hands of the Titans earlier this month. The Titans, now 9-2 in the SWC, will host Olmsted Falls Friday night with the conference crown on the line. The Bulldogs will enter that game with three SWC losses and needing a win to force a conference title tie. That scenario developed as Westlake took an early 6-0 lead and never trailed from that point on. The Demons got a...    (5810 reads)

Third-quarter eruption powers Bees past Demons

Inconsistency has plagued the Brecksville boys basketball team all season. The cold-shooting Bees started off slow Friday night against Westlake and appeared to be on their way to a third straight loss. Then came the third quarter. Trailing 9-0 to start the game and down by 12 at halftime, Brecksville stormed out of the locker room and found the offense it was looking for. The Bees outscored the visiting Demons, 27-17, in the third quarter and held on for a 61-58 Southwestern Conference win on Senior Night, spoiling Gavin Skelly\'s record-breaking night for Westlake. The Bees cashed in on five three-pointers in the third period. Junior guard Luke Cipolla, who led the Bees with six three-pointers and 18 points, drained his second three of the quarter at the 2:18 mark to give Brecksville...    (5430 reads)

CHAMPIONS! Titans stifle Demons, take SWC title

When Berea and Midpark merged prior to the 2013-14 school year, there were those who wondered what would become of Midpark\'s vaunted girls basketball program. Could the winning continue? Would the new team, made up former Meteors who were used to success and girls from the struggling Berea program, mesh and work together? Could the Titans challenge for a Southwestern Conference championship? The answer to all those questions proved to be a resounding yes. The Berea-Midpark Titans capped off their first season Thursday night with a convincing 59-31 win over Westlake to clinch the outright SWC championship. The Titans finished 12-0 in the conference and 20-2 overall on the way to winning the school\'s first-ever girls team title. \"I think this is really special,\" said Berea-Midpark senior guard Jess Barnes, a former...    (5341 reads)

CHAMPIONS! Rangers top River to retain WSC title

Throughout the 2013-14 basketball season, the Lakewood Rangers had numerous obstacles to overcome if they wanted to repeat as West Shore Conference champions. On Wednesday night, Lakewood cleared that final hurdle and took home the hardware. With arch nemesis Rocky River giving them all they could handle, the Rangers found themselves in the midst of yet another defensive struggle with a determined band of Pirates. But their offense awakened just enough in the second half in a 34-28 win that clinched the team\'s second-straight WSC crown. \"Tonight, we had senior leadership in the second half,\" said Lakewood senior guard Erin Hoffert after she and her teammates cut down the nets. \"The first half was a little rough, and lately a lot of our shots...    (4882 reads)

Fourth-quarter run powers Streaks past Lakewood

For the better part of three quarters, Lakewood and Magnificat went at each other with tournament-like intensity. Both teams found points hard to come by, with both teams looking for a spark that would make a difference. The Rangers never found that spark. For the Blue Streaks, out of nowhere came Elise Keshock. Keshock, Magnificat\'s 5-9 sophomore, had scored a mere four points in the the first three quarters of the game. But in the fourth quarter, she exploded for 16 points as the Blue Streaks ran away with a 62-33 win Saturday afternoon in front of a large crowd at Lakewood High School. Magnificat, the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Division I sectional/district tournament, held a...    (5123 reads)

CHAMPIONS! Rangers top EC to claim WSC crown

The 40-year drought is over in Lakewood. The year was 1974, and it was the last time the school\'s boys basketball team had cut down the nets to celebrate a conference championship. Friday night, the scissors and ladder were dusted off and brought back onto the court as the Rangers defeated Elyria Catholic,74-59, to clinch the outright West Shore Conference title. \"It\'s amazing, because obviously we\'ve gone through so long of a drought,\" said senior guard Jacob Schmidt. \"I mean, 40 years is almost unheard of. That\'s almost...    (4510 reads)

Titans all alone in first after demolition of Demons

Up 19-8, Westlake was having its way early in its big Southwestern Conference showdown with Berea-Midpark. But with 2:05 left in the first quarter, Titans head coach Duke Barther called a timeout. What happened next may have been the momentum shift to end all momentum shifts. The Titans picked up the defensive pressure, with Nolan Gerrity shutting down Westlake\'s inside game. The result was a 29-5 run to close out the half and an eventual 71-54 demolition of the Demons on a snowy Tuesday night in Berea. In the process, Berea-Midpark moved into sole possession of first place in the SWC...    (4903 reads)

Blue Streaks strike late to hand Titans first defeat

For over 31 minutes, basketball powerhouses Berea-Midpark and Magnificat had played each other on even terms. With the tie game coming down to the final seconds, the Blue Streaks\' Bridget Pryatel found herself with the ball. And as the Titans\' defense closed, Pryatel looked to her left and found point guard Colleen McGervey alone on the baseline. The two seniors connected. McGervey\'s tough, driving shot slipped through the net with two seconds left to give Magnificat a 58-56 win in a Saturday afternoon thriller at the House on Hilliard. It was a huge Senior Day victory for the Blue Streaks, while the Titans suffered their first loss of the season after 15 straight wins. \"There was a lot of pressure...\"    (5979 reads)

Bees rally late to snare overtime win from Eagles

On Thursday night, not much went right for North Olmsted\'s Andy Lucien and his Eagle teammates in a 65-42 loss at Olmsted Falls. The 6-5 sophomore had one of his most frustrating games as a varsity player, while the Eagles managed just 15 points in the first half against the red-hot Bulldogs. Back at home on Friday night, it was a different story as the Black and Orange came within a Tyler Tupa 3-pointer of getting one of the team\'s biggest wins of the season. Tupa, Brecksville\'s sophomore guard, hit a 3-pointer from the left corner in final minute of regulation to force overtime. The Bees\' defense did the rest, clamping down on the Eagles in the extra session and leaving town with a hard-fought 57-54 win in a Southwestern Conference thriller...    (5911 reads)

Hot-shooting Bulldogs send Demons to first defeat

During the first half of the 2013-14 basketball season, a lot of attention was being paid to the undefeated boys teams at Berea-Midpark and Westlake. The Titans and the Demons were the talk of the Southwestern Conference and looked to be the two favorites to win a conference championship. After last week, you can add a third team to the mix. Olmsted Falls sent shock waves through the SWC early last week with a 68-60 win over Berea-Midpark, sending the Titans to their first defeat. Then on a snowy Friday night in Westlake, the Bulldogs shot the lights out in the third quarter and held on for a 66-59 win over the Demons before a packed house in the Westlake Athletics Center. The Bulldogs, now 12-3 overall, find themselves in a virtual three-way tie with the Titans and Demons as the second half of the league season begins...    (5941 reads)

Lakewood overcomes slow start to topple Rockets

For the better part of the first half, it looked like the Bay Rockets were the team out in front in the West Shore Conference race. The home team raced out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and held a 17-11 advantage early in the second against the first-place Lakewood Rangers. The visitors were struggling offensively, while the Rockets were enjoying one of their best starts of the season. But as the second quarter moved along, the Lakewood offense awoke from its slumber and went to work. The Rangers closed out the half with an impressive 16-3 run and carried that momentum into the second half. When it was all said and done, Lakewood prevailed 66-38 to remain all alone at the top of the WSC girls basketball standings...    (4425 reads)

Mustangs start strong, but Eagles fight back to win

Down by 16 points at halftime, Avon had come all the way back to within a point of visiting Strongsville. As the final minute ticked off the scoreboard clock, both the Eagles and the Mustangs still had a chance to pull out the win. But when opportunity knocked, it was Avon\'s Brian Kelly who answered. With 17 seconds left, the Eagles inbounded the ball to Kelly. The senior guard quickly dribbled up the length of the court, pulled up and nailed a jumper with just under four seconds left to give the Eagles a stunning 49-47 win Tuesday night in non-conference basketball action. For Avon, which upped its record to 3-10, it was an improbable win considering Strongsville\'s strong start. The Mustangs had shot the ball well in the first half, hitting six 3-pointers in the process to build a 36-20 halftime lead...    (6245 reads)

Hot-shooting Demons buzz by Bees in second half

With the first half winding down, the Brecksville Bees found themselves in familiar territory. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Tim Tupa and a conventional 3-point play from Luke Cipolla had given them a 30-21 lead over Westlake with 30.1 seconds left in the second quarter. It was just a week earlier, they had built a substantial first-half lead against Berea-Midpark, only to see the Titans rally in the second half to get the win. As the third quarter began, is was one of those deja vu moments for the visiting Bees. The Demons got a Makis Beach 3-pointer to close out the half, then came out of the locker room shooting. They scored the game\'s next 13 points and outscored Brecksville 18-2 in the quarter to run away with a 64-48 win in a key Southwestern Conference game Friday night. With the win, Westlake remained undefeated at 11-0...    (6159 reads)

Big second period powers Pirates past Cardinals

On Wednesday night, the Rocky River hockey team returned to the friendly confines of Hamilton Ice Arena for its first home game since early December. The home ice proved much to the Pirates\' liking. Rocky River jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, survived a five-minute major penalty in the first period and ran away with a 9-3 win over the Mentor Cardinals in an important Red North Division contest. The Pirates ran their record to 17-1-1 and kept pace with Shaker Heights in the division...    (3533 reads)

Demons prevail over Angers, Rangers in shootout

Lakewood head coach Phil Argento called it a dogfight. Westlake\'s Shawn Hood said it was like \"the shootout at the O.K. Corral.\" When it came down to it, there weren\'t many words that could describe what took place Tuesday night at Lakewood. The Rangers, down 19 points at halftime, rode the hot shooting hand of Mike Angers to rally in the third quarter and eventually send the game into overtime. But despite a 37-point performance from Angers, the visiting Demons were able to pull away and win the game, 86-80, in a non-conference basketball thriller. Westlake remained undefeated at 10-0, but it took a gargantuan effort on the boards from 6-8 Gavin Skelly and some clutch shooting from fellow seniors Makis Beach, Joe Hadib-Nissan and Connor Meek. Lakewood, now 8-2, nearly pulled out the win with a furious 25-10 third quarter that was powered by the 5-4 Angers...    (4583 reads)

Demons do it with defense, rally late past Bulldogs

Things couldn\'t have looked any more bleak for the Westlake girls basketball team Saturday night. The Demons had made just one field goal in the first half. They were getting pounded on the boards to the tune of 25-12. Then late in the third quarter, Olmsted Falls sophomore Kara Marshall nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to give the visiting Bulldogs a 26-19 lead. The fourth quarter, however, proved to be a totally different ballgame. The Westlake defense pitched a shutout in the final eight minutes of play, and Corinne Furci and Taylor Hood capped off an 11-0 run to give the Demons the improbable 30-26 win in a Southwestern Conference contest. Westlake, now 12-1 overall and 6-1 in the SWC, made only five baskets...    (5338 reads)

Fast start powers first-place Rangers past Pirates

In the first minutes of the game, Rocky River looked like it would give visiting Lakewood all it could handle. A bucket inside from Jimmy Kinsley and another score from Nathan Seffernick had the Pirates up 6-2 and looking to pull off the upset. That\'s when the Rangers kicked their game into another gear. Lakewood, its defense forcing turnovers and its offense clicking on all cylinders, exploded for a 20-2 run to take a commanding 22-8 lead. That first-quarter performance gave the Rangers enough of a cushion to fight off several Pirate runs and leave town with a 66-55 West Shore Conference win Friday night. \"I thought defensively we caused them...    (7353 reads)

Missed chances send River girls to overtime loss

Despite a rough shooting night, the Rocky River girls had their chances. The Pirates, who had made just 14 shots from the floor to that point, had two big opportunities at the free throw line in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against visiting Elyria Catholic. The Panthers, having their own offensive struggles, had missed a number of charity tosses to that point to keep the door open. Instead, the game went into overtime, and the Panthers came away with a 44-41 overtime decision in a Wednesday night West Shore Conference matchup. Rocky River, now 6-4 overall, fell to 4-2 in the WSC. Elyria Catholic, starting three sophomores and two freshmen, improved to 10-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference. With both teams not practicing...    (3155 reads)

Big third quarter powers Blue Streaks past Medina

According to Magnificat head coach Meghann Hubach, the third quarter has been a cause for concern for her Blue Streaks basketball team this season. There were no such concerns Monday night. Magnificat outscored visiting Medina 18-3 in the third quarter, breaking open a close game and moving on to a 60-48 win over the Bees in the final contest of the 2013 calendar year for both teams. The Blue Streaks, now 7-2, used a combination of solid shooting, pressure defense and a strong presence on the boards to build on a narrow 28-24 halftime lead. Up to that point, the Bees had stayed close and narrowed the gap on 3-pointers from Jesse Holzman and Casey Midlik. But as the third quarter got underway, the Blue Streaks...    (3544 reads)

Video: Demons roll past Rockets, remain unbeaten

The Westlake Demons celebrated the holidays a bit early Monday night with a convincing 75-55 win over Bay in non-conference boys basketball. The Demons remained undefeated on the season at 7-0, taking an 18-11 lead after one quarter of play. They then used a 24-5 second quarter to pull away from the Rockets and never looked back. Senior Gavin Skelly led Westlake with a 30-point effort, while sophomore Andris Balodis added 12 points. Senior Joe Hadib-Nissan and junior Anthony Trujillo each chipped in with 11 points in a balanced Demon attack. Bay, now 4-3, was led by senior Jack Aleksandrovic and junior Brandon Morris, with each scoring nine points. This weekend, Bay continues non-conference play Friday night at Parma. Westlake also has a non-conference game that night, traveling to Medina Highland...    (4249 reads)

Bears get by Blue Streaks in Fight or Flight thriller

North Royalton head girls basketball coach Steffani Cicerchi has witnessed a great deal of maturity from her girls over the course of the last year. The improvement during crunch time was no more evident than during the Lady Bears\' 49-48 win over Magnificat Saturday afternoon in the annual Fight or Flight Invitational at Twinsburg High School. Clinging to a one-point lead with less than a minute remaining, Magnificat\'s Phoebe Sterba drained a 3-pointer to put the Blue Streaks on top. It was a temporary punch in the gut to the Lady Bears, but they quickly brushed it off. Following a big defensive stand, North Royalton raced to the other end in transition. The ball ended up in the hands of senior guard Abby Miduri, who made a...    (5605 reads)

Rangers rally to nip Sailors, take lead in WSC race

For the better part of three quarters, the Vermilion Sailors had the Lakewood Rangers right where they wanted them. A basket inside from Cameron Kuhn had the Sailors up 45-33 with just under 10 minutes left in the game. As it turned out, that was more than enough time for the Rangers to rally and turn Tuesday night\'s West Shore Conference contest into an instant classic. Lakewood, behind some hot shooting and a tenacious defensive effort, pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat and topped the Sailors, 59-57, in the battle for first in the WSC. The Rangers remained unbeaten in conference games at 4-0, while the Sailors dropped their first game of the season. \"We dug a hole and got ourselves down,\" admitted Lakewood head coach Phil Argento, whose team trailed the entire game until a Shawn McDonald free throw gave the home team...    (4049 reads)

Demons rally, win defensive battle with Shoremen

Down 22-16 at halftime, Westlake head coach Shawn Hood still felt like his team would find enough offense to somehow, someway get the job done against visiting Avon Lake. After scoring just two points in the second quarter, that task may have seemed like a tough one to some. But the Demons turned up the heat defensively, and the offense followed suit in a hard-fought 44-36 win over the Shoremen Friday night in a Southwestern Conference slugfest. Westlake, now 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SWC, went on a 10-0 run to start the second half to take a 26-22 lead. A 3-pointer from senior guard Makis Beach and a fast break hoop by 6-9 senior Gavin Skelly capped off the run and had the Demons on top for the first time since a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter. The run was a stark contrast to the second quarter...    (4618 reads)

Hot Rangers run, gun and stun their way past Bay

Going into the 2013-14 season, one of first-year head coach Jared Shetzer\'s goals was to turn his Bay Rockets into a full-court, fast-breaking band of basketball players. On Tuesday night at Lakewood, his squad got an up-close-and-personal look at how that type of game is played. The Rangers, behind the 27-point effort of senior Shawn McDonald, went on a 16-2 run late in the first quarter and never looked back. When the smoke had cleared, Lakewood had literally run away with a 92-68 win over a stunned Bay squad in a West Shore Conference encounter. Lakewood, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the WSC, overwhelmed the Rockets defensively in the first quarter, then rode some red-hot shooting into second. The Rangers led 53-24 at the half and 78-38 after three quarters of play to win this one going away. \"They\'ve changed their style of play to where they want to press...    (5149 reads)

Bees pull away late, top Shoremen in SWC opener

Brecksville and Avon Lake may compete in the Southwestern Conference, but Friday night\'s boys basketball matchup between the two schools had a Big Ten feel to it. Bees head coach Steve Mehalik made such comparison following his team\'s 47-34 win over the visiting Shoremen in the 2013-14 season SWC opener for both teams. \"We pride ourselves that we just find a way,\" said Mehalik. \"Tonight was a grind out game. They are so good defensively. \"There were a lot of turnovers and there was some ugly basketball. But I think those are two pretty good defensive teams going at it,\" he said. It wasn\'t the prettiest of games....    (4912 reads)

Hood's free throw helps Demons sneak past Falls

Crunch time is nothing new to Westlake. Trailing by three late in the fourth quarter and tied with under a minute left, the Demons had things right where they wanted. Sophomore guard Taylor Hood sized up her defender at the top of the key, drove the lane and was fouled with four seconds left. Hood connected on one of two at the free throw line to give visiting Westlake a 37-36 girls basketball win over Olmsted Falls Wednesday night in the Southwestern Conference opener for both teams. After Westlake forced an Olmsted Falls turnover, Hood brought the ball up the court with about 20 seconds left and everyone on the edge of their seats. \"That\'s the play we like to do...\"    (4827 reads)

Westlake holds on, nips Pirates in season opener

With Westlake holding a precarious one-point lead, a loose ball sent both the Demons and the hometown Rocky River Pirates to the floor. Rocky River gained possession near its own basket with 10.1 seconds left in the game. The Pirates then ran an inbounds play, and the ball found its way to a wide-open Jimmy Kinsley to the left of the hoop. But what looked to be a game-winning layup turned into a stunning loss quicker than you could say Gavin Skelly. Skelly, Westlake\'s 6-9 senior forward, came out of nowhere to swat Kinsley\'s attempt away and preserve the Demons\' hard-fought 55-45 win Tuesday night in the basketball season opener for both teams. \"That\'s why I made the defensive switch...\"    (4542 reads)

Rockets hold off Eagle rally for Shetzer's first win

Trailing by 21 points at halftime, a young North Olmsted team faced an uphill climb. On the other bench, a youthful Bay squad had some challenges of its own. North Olmsted bounced back, cutting the Rockets\' lead to four with plenty of time left on the fourth-quarter clock. But Bay answered with a 16-6 run to close out the game and take a 72-58 win over the Eagles in the 2013-14 basketball season opener Friday night at the Launch Pad. The win gave Jared Shetzer his first as Bay\'s new head coach. Former Rockets mentor Jason Frolo was making his return to Bay as well, this time as North Olmsted\'s new head coach. Both coaches, no doubt, experienced a series of highs and lows as the potential blowout turned into a barn-burner late in the second half...    (5108 reads)

Big fourth-quarter run powers Titans past Rangers

Through the better part of three quarters, two of the top girls basketball teams in Northeast Ohio battled on even terms. Berea-Midpark and Lakewood were going at it tooth and nail, with neither team able to build a sizable lead. But as the third quarter began to wind down, the visiting Titans began to wind up. Having used relentless full-court pressure from the opening tip, Berea-Midpark began to make its move. Trailing 34-32, the visitors went off on a 19-2 run over the next five-plus minutes to come away with a 57-44 win over the Rangers in non-conference action Wednesday night. The Titans, now 2-0, forced 30 turnovers to help jump-start an offense that had struggled...    (5412 reads)

Westlake rallies past Pirates in OT to win opener

With just under a minute remaining in overtime and the game tied at 45-45, Westlake held the ball high up top. Rebecca Essig, with the ball in her hand, looked to the sideline, then looked ahead. A few passes later, Essig had the ball again, this time at the top of the key as the final seconds ticked away. She made a move past one Rocky River defender and made it all the way in for a game-winning layup as the Demons came away with a 47-45 win in their season opener Friday night. It was the first official varsity game at the new Westlake High School, and Essig\'s late-game heroics made it one to remember. She hit the layup with 2.6 seconds remaining and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Taylor Hood picked off the Pirates\' long outlet pass...    (4494 reads)

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