ELYRIA — The slide continued for Elyria Catholic.
The Panthers lost for the fifth time in their last six games Sunday night, falling to Division I St. Ignatius 76-46 in the Play-by-Play Classic at The Coliseum.
The Wildcats (5-4) led just 16-12 after the first quarter, but took control in the second by outscoring the Panthers (4-6) 19-6.
St. Ignatius spent the rest of the game padding its lead.
The Wildcats outrebounded Elyria Catholic 44-30 and 11 different Wildcats put points on the board.
“St. Ignatius is a great team with great talent, a great legacy, and they beat us and showed composure,” Elyria Catholic coach Rob Palmer said. “For us it’s not always between the lines, sometimes it’s between the ears. Until we can chip away at it, get more comfortable running a system and staying with it, we’re going to still continue to struggle.
“We got out to a 3-0 start. We played some good basketball, but we’ve been reeling ever since. We’re going to come to practice on Monday and keep going through it. They see the mistakes. They see what’s going on. I think that’s why it’s even more frustrating.”
Senior Edward Wright led the Panthers with 13 points while senior Jarred Logan added 11 and a
team-high eight rebounds, but Elyria Catholic couldn’t make any headway trying to cut into St. Ignatius’ big second-half lead.
“There were two big runs they went on,” Palmer said. “We did OK in the first, then they went on that big run there. We closed it down to 14 in the third, and the next thing I know they popped it back out to 30 again.”
The Division III Panthers’ schedule has been challenging since the team won its first three games. They have lost to perennial powers Vermilion, Wooster Triway and Glen Oak, as well as falling to Patriot Athletic Conference leader Fairview and Division II Rocky River.
Elyria Catholic senior David Griffin, who scored 10 points, said his team has to get better.
“We just didn’t play good,” he said. “We didn’t execute on offense, we were lazy and we didn’t play hard. It’s a little frustrating, but our angle is to make it to a state championship. All these games matter, but it’s just to help us get better.”
Palmer knows his team will benefit from playing such a difficult schedule.
“They were down in the locker room, but they still have some perspective,” he said. “We’re not playing good basketball and we’re capable of much more, and that’s on me. That’s not really on them. I’m a first-year head coach. If I’m making these mistakes, I’ll find some ways to make some corrections. I’ll look for advice on my own.
“The kids are going to give me that effort. They’ve got 12 more games in the regular season before we get to that 23rd game. That’s been our goal all along. We’ve just got to get them there.”
St. Ignatius 76, Elyria Catholic 46
ST. IGNATIUS (76): Lukas Bielek 4-2-10, Chase Toppin 4-2-10, Connor Cmeil 3-0-7, Rory McConville 1-1-4, Kevin Davet 1-3-5, Lores Valenzuela 2-2-6, Jonathon Effertz 6-0-14, Henry Raynor 2-1-5, Daniel Nunez-Vergara 2-0-6, Darius Moss 2-2-6, Wilson Young 1-0-3, Nate Damron 0-0-0. Totals 28-13-76.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (46): Jarred Logan 5-0-11, David Griffin 4-1-10, Branson Taylor 4-0-8, Edward Wright 4-2-13, Connor Trockley 2-0-4. Totals 19-3-47.
St. Ignatius 16 19 22 19 — 76
Elyria Catholic 12 6 17 11 — 46
Three-point goals: St. Ignatius 7-20 (Effertz 2, Nunez-Vergara 2, Young, McConville, Cmeil), Elyria Catholic 5-11 (Wright 3, Logan, Griffin). Field goals: St. Ignatius 28-58 (48.2 percent), Elyria Catholic 19-52 (36.5 percent); Free throws: St. Ignatius 13-19 (68.4 percent), Elyria Catholic 3-10 (30 percent); Rebounds: St. Ignatius 44 (Davet 8), Elyria Catholic 30 (Logan 8). Turnovers: St. Ignatius 11, Elyria Catholic 16. Total fouls: St. Ignatius 17, Elyria Catholic 20. Fouled out: Damron.