ELYRIA — A sluggish start only delayed Elyria Catholic from winning Saturday’s non-conference game against Massillon Washington.
The Panthers (4-2) put together nine unanswered points early in the fourth quarter and hung on for a 48-40 win over the Tigers at the Coliseum.
Massillon (4-3) led 32-30 entering the final quarter when EC went on its run. The Winnen twins — Abby and Ally — each scored from inside around a 3-pointer from Regan Schill and Abby Winnen finished off the run with a pair of free throws to put the Panthers up 39-32 with 5:33 left in the game. Massillon never got closer than three points the rest of the way.
“That was a good win for us,” EC coach Eric Rothgery said. “(Massillon’s) a good team, well-coached. They’re pretty disciplined and they play full-court pressure. You’re going to have some issues. In the first half, the first shot we saw, we were taking.”
The Panthers survived shooting just 6-of-22 in the first half and 4-of-17 in the third quarter. In the final quarter, EC outscored Massillon 18-8 and hit six of 11 from the field and five of seven from the foul line.
Junior Faith Williams came alive to score six of her 10 points in the quarter.
Her two drives to the basket and a pair of free throws pretty much sewed up the game at 45-36 with 2:49 left.
“We worked all week on breaking their press,” Williams said. “That was the main thing we focused on. When our offense was lagging, we made sure we played hard defense and got set up.”
The Winnens, both sophomores, were effective inside. They each had a couple blocked shots. Abby scored 14 points and had five rebounds. Ally scored eight points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Senior Megan Scheibelhut finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
“They had two big girls and we just had to take every rebound and hold it,” Ally said. “Rebounding’s one of our strengths.”
Massillon coach Cassie Schrock was pleased with her team’s effort in spite of the loss. Kaylee Pierce led the Tigers with nine points while Tamia Ridley finished with a team-high 15 rebounds.
“The fourth quarter hurt us,” Schrock said. “My girls played hard. I thought we did what we needed to do. We just played bad in the fourth quarter.”
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Elyria Catholic 48, Massillon 40
MASSILLON (40): Arianna Berry 1-3-5, Anika Dansby 1-1-3, Kaylee Pierce 3-2-9, Kortney Kyles 2-2-6, Tamia Ridley 1-2-4, Chyna White 3-0-8, Hanna Keane 0-1-1, Makayla Pierce 2-0-4. Totals 13-11-40.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (48): Faith Williams 3-3-10, Regan Schill 1-0-3, Abby Winnen 5-3-14, Megan Scheibelhut 3-1-8, Ally Winnen 2-4-8, Kenadee Bryant 0-0-0, Meghan Allegretto 1-0-2, Julia Allegretto 0-0-0, Kaylie Griffin 1-1-3. Totals 16-12-48.
Massillon 10 12 10 8 — 40
Elyria Catholic 10 9 11 18 — 48
Three-point goals: Massillon 3-12 (White 2, K. Pierce), Elyria Catholic 4-13 (Williams, Schill, Abby Winnen, Scheibelhut). Field goals: Massillon 13-56 (23 percent), Elyria Catholic 16-50 (32 percent). Free throws: Massillon 11-19 (58 percent), Elyria Catholic 12-17 (71 percent). Rebounds: Massillon 46 (Ridley 15), Elyria Catholic 40 (Ally Winnen 17). Turnovers: Massillon 11, Elyria Catholic 14. Fouls: Massillon 17, Elyria Catholic 18. Fouled out: Abby Winnen.
Junior varsity: Elyria Catholic, 57-25.