SHEFFIELD TWP. — Not only did Elyria play well in Monday’s non-league game at Clearview, the Pioneers also played nice.
Elyria played unselfish basketball, working the ball around the perimeter to create open shots inside and find holes in the Clippers defense on the way to a 72-55 win.
Senior Chelsey Farris led the way for the Pioneers (3-2) with 21 points and 17 rebounds. It was her third consecutive double-double.
Clippers senior Brandyce Smith had a career night in a losing effort with 31 points and four steals.
“As a team we were really working together,” Farris said. “We battled hard to get this win tonight.”
The Pioneers used a 17-4 run to start the second quarter to take control of the game. Senior Tylese Noble scored eight of her
16 points in the period as Elyria built a 14-point halftime lead.
“We were communicating well and we gave each one of our teammates a chance to shoot,” Noble said.
“When we had the chance to shoot, we knocked ’em down. When we have confidence as a team it’s almost like we’re unstoppable.”
The Pioneers shot 53 percent (30-of-57) from the field. Meanwhile, the Clippers (3-2) shot just 27 percent (20-of-72) and, according the count of coach Nick Dimacchia and his staff, they missed 33 layups.
With three starters 5-foot-11 or taller, Elyria also dominated the boards with a 52-38 edge.
The one area in which the Pioneers struggled was taking care of the basketball, as they committed 32 turnovers.
“We were pushing the ball and we shared the ball really well,” Elyria coach Anthony Brown said. “Hats off to Clearview, they never backed down. We came in as a Division I team with a lot more size, a lot more quickness and they made it a great game.”
The final margin was not indicative of how close the game was for most of the second half.
The Clippers went on an 11-5 run to end the third quarter to cut the Elyria lead 49-40. Twice in the fourth quarter Clearview pulled within six, but each time the Pioneers responded by stretching their lead back to double digits.
Elyria scored the last nine points of the game over the final 1:35 to take its biggest lead of the second half at the final buzzer.
“The final score doesn’t show how hard we fought to keep it close,” Dimacchia said. “We had a good third quarter and we cut into the lead a little bit, and then in the fourth we kept cutting into it.”
“The bottom line is when you play a Division I school like Elyria, you can’t miss 33 layups and most of them were open layups,” Dimacchia said. “We didn’t box out well and we let them beat us down the floor too many times. Too many of the little things we should have done we didn’t do. That’s what made the end result what it was.”
Smith scored 21 of her points in the second half. Junior Vanecia Billings had 11 points for Clearview.
“Brandyce is playing through a back injury but she shot the ball well,” Dimacchia said. “She really came through tonight when we needed her. Now we just have to put it all together as a team.”
Senior guard Tristyn Thurman scored 11 points for Elyria.
“We have to get back to work on fundamentals and clean up some mistakes we made tonight,” Brown said. “We hammer the fundamentals in practice but sometimes the games are moving so fast we get ahead of ourselves. This was a good win but we need to work on staying focused and patient.”
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Elyria 72, Clearview 55
ELYRIA (72): Tristyn Thurman 5-0-11, Angelina Auliso 2-0-4, Toni McClinton 4-0-9, Chelsey Farris 7-6-21, Tiffany Means 3-1-9, Tylese Noble 8-0-16, Michaela King 1-0-2. Totals 30-7-72.
CLEARVIEW (55): Brandyce Smith 11-6-31, Vanecia Billings 4-3-11, Brooke Rebman 3-2-9, Ariana Vazquez 1-0-2, LeAnna Rogers 1-0-2. Totals 20-11-55.
Elyria 17 16 16 23 — 72
Clearview 10 9 21 15 — 55
Three point goals: Elyria (Imes 2, Brumfield 2, Watkins 2, Knoll, Hudak, Drew), Clearview (Smith 3, Rebman). Field goals: Elyria 30-57 (53 percent), Clearview 20-72 (27 percent). Free throws: Elyria 7-14 (50 percent), Clearview 11-18 (61 percent). Rebounds: Elyria 52, Clearview 38. Turnovers: Elyria 32, Clearview 21. Total fouls: Elyria 17, Clearview 14. Fouled out: Vazquez, Thurman.
Junior varsity: Elyria, 57-33