AVON LAKE — The Avon-Avon Lake rivalry was in full force Wednesday night as the Shoregals held their rivals to the south without a point for the final 3:56 to post a 36-30 come-from-behind Southwestern Conference win.
Neither team had much success on offense through the first two quarters of play with the score sitting at 13-all following a 3-pointer by Avon Lake’s Anna Robinson with 1:05 left in the first half.
Amari Davidson knocked down the final two points of the half, draining a short jumper to give the Eagles a slim 15-13 lead going into the locker room.
Avon (4-2, 3-2 SWC) opened the second half getting two points each from Elizabeth Flynn (11 points) and Davidson to go with three by Karlee Clements for its biggest lead of the night at 22-13.
Avon Lake (4-3, 3-1) bounced back, scoring nine straight — getting five points from Delaney Harrington off the bench, a free throw by Arianna Negron and a 3-point play by Amber Achladis — to tie the score.
The Eagles kept the lead until the score sat at 30-28 after Juliann Walker split a pair of free throws with 3:56 left in the game.
That was Avon’s final point of the night.
Following a Grace Dean steal, the Eagles’ 16th turnover of the night, Robinson hit her second triple of the game with 2:10 remaining for Avon Lake’s first lead since 4-3 of the first quarter.
“It felt amazing watching the ball go through the net,” Robinson said of her go-ahead basket.
I knew I had to stay in control and take a good shot. I had to follow through this time and got the ball to go through. It’s great to beat the team from the south.”
“We went into the game wanting to hold the ball, but I think we got complacent on offense and we can’t do that,” Avon Lake coach Dave Zvara said. “When Anna popped that three, that was really big for us.”
After Robinson’s basket, Achladis took charge of the offense. She grabbed a rebound and went the length of the floor for two points, then had a nifty pass to Harrington, who scored to make it a 35-30 lead.
“We took some tough losses early in the season and we didn’t want that to happen again tonight,” Achladis said. “We knew they were a good team and our rival. We had to play our absolute best to get a win today.”
The Shoregals defense kept Avon from scoring as the clock wound down by blocking a pair of 3-point attempts before Harrington (eight points) split a couple free throws with six seconds left for the final margin of victory.
“We were sloppy with the basketball and making silly passes not coming back to it,” Eagles coach Meghan Larrick said. “Avon Lake was able to capitalize and execute when it mattered. Props to them for making shots when it mattered.”
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Avon Lake 36, Avon 30
AVON (30): Karlee Clements 2-2-7, Jules Frombach 0-0-0, Amari Davidson 2-0-4, Ashlee Torbert 0-0-0, Maggie Beatty 0-0-0, Juliann Walker 2-1-6, Elizabeth Flynn 4-1-11, Rachel Hapanowicz 1-0-2, Kelsey Gannon 0-0-0. Totals 11-4-30.
AVON LAKE (36): Anna Robinson 4-0-10, Amber Achladis 3-1-7, Taylor Baiers 0-0-0, Arianna Negron 4-1-9, Bridget Molnar 1-0-2, Hope Wilhelm 0-0-0, Elizabeth Murdock 0-0-0, Grace Dean 0-0-0, Hailey Radcliffe 0-0-0, Delaney Harrington 3-1-8. Totals 15-3-36.
Avon 9 6 9 6 — 30
Avon Lake 6 7 9 14 — 36
Three-point goals: Avon 4-16 (25 percent, Flynn 2, Clements, Walker); Avon Lake 3-7 (43 percent, Robinson 2, Harrington). Field goals: Avon 11-42 (26 percent); Avon Lake 15-40 (38 percent). Free throws: Avon 4-10 (40 percent); Avon Lake 3-5 (60 percent). Rebounds: Avon 33, Avon Lake 25. Turnovers: Avon 17, Avon Lake 15.
Junior varsity: Avon Lake, 48-44.