Classic in the Country

Day 2 at Classic in the Country: Physical play & low scores

Day 2 of Classic in the Country Challenge proved to be another day of close games, but scoring was at a premium as teams struggled to get out of the 40s all day long. The day saw a third overtime contest, this one between Gilmour Academy and Mason in what looked to be a blowout until the Comets came shooting back with a vengeance. The rest of the games fell between three and 10 points, but even Mt. Notre Dame’s 10-point win over Wadsworth to end the evening was a two-point game with under two minutes to play.

The day featured a lot of hard-nosed defense, as officials let the girls have at it, which made for a very physical day of play.

 

Game 1 (8 of 20)

Beloit West Branch 38

Waterford 35

west-branch-kayla-hovorkaPlayer of the Game – Kayla Hovorka – West Branch

Waterford and West Branch found themselves in a scrappy match-up where both teams were separated by only 1 point at the end of the 1st quarter (Waterford leading 9-8) and halftime with Waterford holding a 19-18 lead.

West Branch shot 36% from the field the first half, but turned the ball over frequently while Waterford shot a dismal 25% but kept their turnovers to a minimum. The momentum of the game changed when West Branch came out inspired in the 3rd quarter behind a nice defensive steal which resulted in a layup by Brenna Rito (6 points, 7 rebounds), mixed with some solid play by Kayla Hovorka (13 points, 9 rebounds) giving the Warriors a 31-27 lead.

Hovorka hit some clutch free-throws in the 4th quarter and the Warriors hung on for the 38-35 victory. Waterford’s Megan Ball (14 points) and Ali Kern (7 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks) kept the Wildcats in the game with three chances to tie the game at the end of regulation,

In the end, the Wildcats couldn’t overcome a cold shooting performance where they shot only 26% from the field for the game.

 

Game 2 (9 of 20)

Cincinnati Glen Este 42

Toledo Whitmer 36

glen-este-jasmine-hale-2Player of the Game – Jasmine Hale – Cincinnati Glen Este

Cincinnati Glen Este’s Jasmine Hale found the basket early and often, but she had plenty of help from her teammates as they put together a solid team rebounding performance and kept Toledo Whitmer’s Bryce Blood in check during the first half of action to earn the 42-36 victory.

Glen Este jumped out to a 11-4 lead after the first quarter with Whitmer closing the gap to a four point, 18-14 deficit at halftime.

Whitmer’s Blood found the bucket in the 2nd half and ended up with 14 points and she led all players with 12 rebounds. However, Hale and the Trojans did a nice job of keeping the rest of the Panthers in check to close out the game with the victory.

Glen Este was led by Hale (21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Kaylin Burdick (11 points, 4 rebounds). Whitmer shot just 17.6% in the first half and committed 17 turnovers. In addition to Blood, Sara Semler contributed 8 points and 3 rebounds for the Panthers.

 

Game 3

Lakota West (West Chester, OH) 48

St. Rose (Belmar, NJ) 43

lakota-west-abby-prohaskaPlayer of the Game – Abby Prohaska – Lakota West

In a fast paced game that featured some highly touted collegiate recruits and a combined 93 field-goal attempts for both teams,

A nifty passing sequence from the Firebirds’ Abby Prohaska to Naveah Dean narrowed the St. Rose lead to 25-24 at the half.

Lakota West went on a 5-0 run over the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter to snatch a 48-43 victory from St. Rose (Belmar, NJ). Alexandra Haar’s runner from the middle of the key with :34 seconds remaining gave her 3 points for the game, but most importantly, it gave her Firebirds a three point lead over the Purple Roses.

The Firebirds shot 40% from the field for the game and were led by Abby Prohaska (12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists), Nevaeh Dean (12 points, 3 rebounds) and Jasmine Ballew (11 points, 9 rebounds). The Purple Roses also shot 40% from the field for the game but committed 20 turnovers. They were led by Luciana Thomas (13 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocked shots), and the outside sharp shooting by Mikayla Markham (13 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists).

 

Game 4

Solon 56

Wayne (Huber Heights) 48

solon-valencia-myers-1Player of the Game – Valencia Myers – Solon

This was another tightly contested, back and forth game on Day 2. Up until the final quarter of play, this game was tight.

With Solon holding a slim 46-44 lead with 5:27 remaining in the game, the Comets went on a 10-2 scoring binge over the next 5 minutes that was sparked by a Destiny Bohanon lay in.

Wayne hit a layup in the closing seconds with the game out of reach, Solon earned the 56-48 victory.

Solon shot 39.7% from the field for the game. They had 19 turnovers, however, they out rebounded Wayne by nine boards. The Comets were led by Myers (15 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocked shots), Dee Bekelja (15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists), and Alexis Stover (13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists).

Wayne shot 32.3% from the field but only 11.8% from three point land. The Warriors were led by Shai McGruder (14 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists) and Destiny Bohanon (14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists).

 

Game 5

Mason 63 (overtime)

Gilmour Academy 60

mason-samari-mowbrayPlayer of the Game – Samari Mowbray – Mason

In what started off as a runaway game with Gilmour Academy in full control, Mason found themselves down to the Lancers 38-22 with 3:15 left in the 3rd quarter.

However, the Comets began chipping away at Gilmour’s lead and with 3:15 left in the 4th quarter they had closed the gap to 48-42.

Mason’s pressure forced Gilmour into 20 turnovers with most coming in the final period of regulation. The Comets tied Gilmour on a couple of made free throws with :30.7 seconds remaining and forced the Lancers into another turnover to gain possession with 14.4 remaining and a chance to win it on a Samantha Puisis shot, but the ball hit the back of the iron to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, Mason maintained the momentum and outscored Gilmour Academy 12-9 to complete the improbable comeback and earn the victory, 63-60.

Mason was led by Samari Mowbray (22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) and Samantha Puisis (22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals). The Comets committed 10 turnovers, shot 36% from the field for the game, and were a stellar 15 of 18 from the charity stripe.

Gilmour Academy was led by Naz Hillmon (15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocked shots), Annika Corcoran (11 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals), and Emily Kelley (16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists). The Lancers committed 20 turnovers, shot 40% from the field, and made 7 of 8 foul shots.

 

Game 6

Mt. Notre Dame 49

Wadsworth 39

mnd-gabby-marshall

Player of the Game – Gabbie Marshall – Mt. Notre Dame

After a tight 1st quarter that ended with Mt. Notre Dame leading Wadsworth 7-6, the Grizzlies clawed their way into a halftime edge 20-15.

What was shaping up for another tight back and forth game today, Mt. Notre Dame gained the advantage by making 18 or 21 free throws (Wadsworth made 7 of 9) and finally pulled away in the final minutes of the 4th quarter, earning the 49-39 victory.

Gabbie Marshall led the Cougars with 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 steals and was supported by teammate Abby Voss who collected 11 points, 9 rebounds.

Peyton Banks led the Grizzlies with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals.

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