OBERLIN — A Rising Stars game to showcase the county’s top sophomores and juniors was added to the Lorain County Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-Star games for the first time Sunday.
Lake Ridge Academy’s dynamic duo of juniors Sydney Mayberry and Michaela Harrison brought the star power.
Mayberry scored a game-high 19 points and Harrison added 10 as the Away team coached by Elyria Catholic’s Eric Rothgery defeated the Home team coached by Brookside’s Brad Barhorst 79-48.
North Ridgeville junior Izzy Geraci also scored 14 points for Away, which built a 44-20 halftime lead to put the game out of reach early.
“I was just looking to have fun here,” Mayberry said. “It’s pretty cool to play with all of the top people from all over Lorain County. It was a great opportunity for all of us to showcase our talents.”
Mayberry and Harrison, who have been Lake Ridge teammates for two seasons and AAU teammates dating back to seventh grade, had the advantage of seeing a familiar face as they sprinted up the court on the fast break.
“Every single time we have a summer league, or an all-star game or just some random thing I know Michaela and I are just going to run the floor together,” Mayberry said. “We know where the other is going to be, we know everything about each other. It’s always fun playing with her.”
Mayberry and Harrison also combined for five of Away’s nine 3-point field goals.
“It was fun to just go out and have a good time and not have to worry about anything,” said Harrison, who was named to the Division IV All-Ohio first team last week. “I knew most of the girls and playing with Syd (Mayberry) and Izzy is on our AAU team, so we all knew how each other played. This game was fun because you want to come out with bragging rights over all your friends.”
Geraci had a lot to brag about after her all-star performance, going 4-for-4 from the free throw line and draining a pair of 3-pointers. Unlike her AAU teammates, Geraci felt pressure.
“I was so nervous before the game, my hands were shaking, I was like, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to do,’” Geraci said. “It ended up being really fun, playing with all of the girls out of the conference and all over the area. We all played like we had something to prove and we were working well together.”
Amherst’s Kate Iliff had nine points for Away, while Elyria junior Chelsey Farris scored eight points and had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Home was led by Elyria Catholic 6-foot-2 post Megan Scheibelhut, who had 10 points. Elyria Catholic teammate Faith Williams and Clearview’s Vanecia Billings were the top-scoring sophomores with six points each for Home.
Players from 13 schools participated.
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Away 79, Home 48
AWAY (79): Chelsey Farris 4-0-8, Danielle Matzelle 1-0-2, Cianna Bright 3-0-6, Izzy Geraci 4-4-14, Elizabeth Flynn 2-0-5, Emily Werley 1-0-2, Kate Iliff 4-0-9, Kamryn Dziak 1-2-4, Michaela Harrison 4-0-10, Sydney Mayberry 8-0-19. Totals 32-6-79.
HOME (48): Lauren Milner 1-0-2, Juliann Walker 2-2-6, Megan Scheibelhut, 4-0-10, Faith Williams 2-2-6, Vanecia Billings 2-1-6, Brandyce Smith 3-0-6, Kaeli Evins 0-2-2, Erin Frenk 1-1-3, Alexis Lehmkuhl 2-0-4, Nemaja Grant 1-0-3. Totals 18-8-48.
Away 21 23 16 19 — 79
Home 11 9 10 18 — 48
Three-point goals: Away (Mayberry 3, Harrison 2, Geraci 2, Iliff, Flynn), Home (Scheibelhut 2, Billings, Grant); Field goals: Away 32-67 (48 percent), Home 18-56 (32 percent); Free throws: Away 6-10 (60 percent), Home 8-15 (53 percent); Rebounds: Away 50, Home 32; Turnovers: Away 6, Home 16; Total fouls: Away 10, Home 6.