ELYRIA — A pair of seniors helped lead Elyria to victory in a game that the Pioneers led throughout but could never quite pull away.
Tiffany Means and Chelsey Farris came up big on both sides of the ball for Elyria as it fought off a feisty Euclid team for a 59-48 non-conference victory Wednesday night.
Farris put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 points to go with six rebounds and a resounding block as the Pioneers improved to 2-2.
“We really worked together as a team and worked very hard the entire game,” Farris said. “I felt like I wanted to do better for our team and really be a leader out there.”
A pair of free throws by Euclid (1-3) cut Elyria’s lead to 36-32 just seconds into the fourth quarter before Farris took over.
The 6-foot senior scored her team’s next eight points, finishing the run with a steal and a layup to extend the Pioneer lead to 44-33. Farris finished the game with a monster double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds.
“Chelsey has always been the scrappiest player on the team and she was just phenomenal tonight,” Elyria coach Tony Brown said. “She gets off the ground before you can blink. If you don’t put a body on her, she is scoring.”
Means did the heavy lifting in the first half.
A sluggish start saw the teams trading leads until Means stepped up. She scored 10 first-half points, including seven in the second quarter, to help Elyria grab the lead for good. Her runner in the lane gave Elyria a 24-15 lead with 3:13 remaining in the second quarter.
“My teammates set me up where I was set and ready to shoot, so I had to have confidence to make the shot for my team,” Means said. “I just want to be positive and be a good role model for the team.”
It was a physical game throughout and neither team shied away.
Elyria’s senior point guard Tristyn Thurman went to the free throw line 16 times, making 10 of them.
“Euclid is a very good team and they are also a very physical team,” said Brown, whose team has won two straight. “I brought my heavy bag in this week to get the girls ready for it.”
Farris also had a big run in the third quarter, scoring eight straight points to keep the Pioneers ahead. She dominated the offensive boards, grabbing four of them in the third quarter alone.
“I just want to make sure everyone can get involved and we all understand that we have to play hard every game with no regrets,” Farris said.
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