ELYRIA — Elyria got points from 11 players Monday night in a 74-30 non-conference victory over Midview.
Senior scoring leader Mary Jones led the way with 13 points and freshman Shayla Middlebrooks scored 11. Junior Jocelyn Spraggins finished with nine, but did not play after the break after bruising her hip going for a rebound in the first half.
Spraggins was asked what the Pioneers can learn from a one-sided victory.
“We have to keep up our intensity and everything,” she said. “We can’t play down to their level or anything. Like coach told us, keep up our intensity, push the game more and don’t play sloppy.”
Elyria (8-5) was strong defensively, forcing 22 Midview turnovers. Coach Mike Walsh was pleased with the effort.
“We talked about trying to get better tonight and work on our defensive side,” he said. “I told them I didn’t want them to go out and try to steal the ball. I wanted them to play hard on defense. You have to respect them (Midview), and I didn’t want them to be lazy.
“I wanted to focus and do the things we do. For the most part, I thought we stayed with it on the defensive side. Our press looked good the first quarter. We took that off, and we weren’t out there reaching and fouling and hacking. We were just trying to play good, solid defense and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.
“Give Midview some credit,” he added. “They’re trying to build their program and their girls played hard, I thought. That’s not an easy situation, either.”
On the other side, Midview (0-12) took possession 20 times on Elyria turnovers. But many came with subs on the floor. Of a dozen players who dressed, 11 saw action in the first half.
The outcome was never in doubt. Elyria led 15-0 when Middies junior Morgan Bowman scored with just over half the first quarter gone. It was 23-2 after eight minutes. The Pioneers led 39-6 at the half and 57-21 after three quarters.
Middies junior Molly Linn, who was scoreless the first half, finished with a game-high 15 points, 12 in the third quarter, including one of her two 3-point baskets. Linn was the only Midview player in double figures.
Despite remaining winless, the Middies continue to show improvement starting three juniors and two sophomores.
And despite the one-sided loss to Elyria, Midview coach Scott Plzak said he was happy with the way his team continues to compete and improve with a roster heavy with freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Only one senior is on the squad.
“We’re making progress,” he said. “Realistically, this is a JV team trying to play varsity basketball. It’s tough. It’s a tough go for us, but I’m really proud of the girls for hanging in there. It would be very easy to get frustrated and not make the effort, but they continue to make an effort.
“It’ll pay off. It’ll be a couple years. Hopefully next year we’ll be a little deeper. Right now, we’re thin at every position so every time we make a substitution, everything kind of changes. But I couldn’t be prouder of them — and they’re getting better.”
Elyria’s home game with Keystone scheduled for Jan. 23 has been moved to Jan. 24. The change was necessary because of a scheduling conflict. A wrestling tournament had also been scheduled for the Pioneers gym on the 23rd.
Elyria 74, Midview 30
MIDVIEW (30): Lindsay Haywood 0-0-0, Shelby Plas 0-0-0, April Rieth 0-0-0, Morgan Bowman 2-0-4, Rylee Kubisen 0-3-3, Ashley Santa 0-0-0, Molly Linn 4-5-15, Trinity Petrosky 0-1-1, Paige Surman 1-0-2, Arianna Johnson 2-0-5. Totals 9-9-30.
ELYRIA (74): Sybil Roseboro 3-0-6, Mikayla Christian 1-0-2, Shayla Middlebrooks 4-2-11, Mary Jones 5-2-13, Samantha Harjar 3-0-7, Jocelyn Spraggins 4-1-9, Cheyenne Rodriguez 2-0-5, Alexis Roseboro 2-2-6, Alexis Middlebrooks 4-0-8, Sierra White 0-1-1, Mariah Johnson 3-0-6, Alex Dick 0-0-0. Totals 31-8-74.
Midview 2 4 15 9 – 30
Elyria 23 16 18 17 – 74
Three-point goals: Midview 3-19 (Linn 2, Johnson), Elyria 4-9 (Jones, S. Middlebrooks, Harjar, Rodriguez); Field goals:
Midview 9-57 (15.8 percent), Elyria 31-72 (43 percent); Free throws: Midview 9-16 (56.2 percent), Elyria 8-18 (44.4 percent); Rebounds: Midview 33, Elyria 51; Turnovers: Midview 22, Elyria 20.
Junior varsity: Elyria, 47-15.
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