ELYRIA — Giving up 38 points in one quarter of a high school basketball game is not usually a recipe for success.
It wasn’t for Elyria Catholic, which did that Tuesday night against a hot-shooting Holy Name team that pretty much put the game away in the second quarter on its way to a 99-73 win at the Coliseum.
“Holy Name’s obviously a really good team,” EC coach Phil Kuchta said. “They had like nine threes in the first half and shot the ball really, really well. I think they’re the class of the league right now.”
Holy Name is 4-0, 2-0 in the Great Lakes Conference. EC fell to 2-2, 1-1.
The Green Wave took 24 shots in the second quarter and made 15, including eight 3-pointers for 38 points. EC scored 39 in the half.
“I think we have a good shooting team,” Holy Name coach Jeff Huber said. “We’ve only been shooting about 28 percent on threes coming into the night. I felt like sooner or later the dam was going to burst.”
Burst it did. The Green Wave jumped out to an 11-1 lead three minutes into the game only to have the Panthers finish the quarter on a 6-0 run to close the margin to 23-19.
By the time EC took a collective breath, however, Holy Name was on the run and gun again with a flurry of 3-pointers that quickly built the lead to 40-27 and then 50-29 with 3:22 still left in the half.
Holy Name is not real big but it is deep and quick, forcing Elyria Catholic to cough up the ball 22 times on the night.
Dwayne Cohill, at 6-foot-2 senor who is headed to the University of Dayton next year,, scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half but had plenty of help as starters Brandon Styers, Jon Minnich and Quentin Richardson along with Joe Schmock off the bench each scored at least 11 points. Schmock was 3-of-5 from the 3-point line in the second quarter.
Cohill had seven rebounds, Styers six. Richardson, a sophomore, had six assists.
Not that Elyria Catholic’s offense was all that bad. The Panthers had five players in double figures, too, led by Jarred Logan’s 17 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Branson Taylor had 16 with 10 rebounds and Dorian Crutcher scored 14, David Griffin 11 and Edward Wright 10.
“We are not where we want to be by any stretch of the imagination,” Kuchta said. “The thing for us, we keep talking to our guys about defense. First half, I know (Holy Name) shot the ball really well but besides that, I just thought a lot of stuff was way too easy for them.
“If that was the first time that we had done it, OK, but really it’s been every game we’ve played. We’ve had that problem. We’re a talented group, no question, but until we can figure out how to play hard, how to play together and how to get stops on defense consistently, we’re going to be a below-average team.”
Contact Tim Gebhardt at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Name 99, Elyria Catholic 73
HOLY NAME (99): Quentin Richardson 4-3-11, Calvin McPherson 4-0-8, Brandon Styers 4-5-15, Jon Minnich 5-0-13, Dwayne Cohill 10-2-23, Aiden Hickey 1-1-3, Chris Miller 1-0-2, Andreus Harhalos 2-0-4, Joe Petrillla 1-0-2, Joe Carter 1-0-2, Joe Schmock 5-0-13, Evan Graham 1-0-3. Totals 39-11-99.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (73): Edward Wright 3-2-10, Donovan Warfield 1-1-3, Dorian Crutcher 5-1-14, Jarred Logan 8-0-17, Branson Taylor 8-0-16, David Griffin 4-2-11, Brenden Holley 1-0-2, Spencer Barhorst 0-0-0, Nate Damron 0-0-0, Conner Trockley 0-0-0. Totals 30-6-73.
Holy Name 23 38 16 22 — 99
Elyria Catholic 19 20 18 16 — 73
Three-point goals: Holy Name 10-30 (Minnich 3, Schmock 3, Styers 2, Cohill, Graham), Elyria Catholic 7-20 (Crutcher 3, Wright 2, Logan, Griffin). Field goals: Holy Name 39-70 (56 percent), Elyria Catholic 30-61 (49 percent). Free throws: Holy Name 11-16 (69 percent), Elyria Catholic 6-9 (66 percent)). Rebounds: Holy Name 36 (Cohill 7), Elyria Catholic 36 (Taylor 10). Turnovers: Holy Name 12, Elyria Catholic 22. Fouls: Holy Name 12, Elyria Catholic 13. Technical foul: Cohill.
Junior varsity: Holy Name, 58-47