Elyria Catholic's Eli Palmer attempts to shoot over Normandy's Milan Markovic Friday Jan. 11. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE
ELYRIA -- When Elyria Catholic was desperate to slow down Normandy, the Panthers sped things up.
Elyria Catholic survived a big Invaders scoring run to open the fourth quarter, then took control down the stretch with its pressure defense to pick up an 88-75 Great Lakes Conference win.
Jarred Logan scored 29 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and handed out six assists to lead the Panthers (5-7, 4-1 GLC), who had lost six of their last seven games. He scored 20 and had six offensive rebounds in the first half.
Elyria Catholic scored 28 points in the first quarter, held a 45-33 lead at halftime and built that lead to 67-49 heading into the fourth quarter before the Invaders (4-7, 0-4) made it a game.
Five consecutive Elyria Catholic turnovers led to a 15-4 Normandy run to open the fourth quarter. With 3:18 showing on the clock, Normandy senior Milan Markovic hit a free throw to cut the Panthers’ lead to 73-66.
After another Elyria Catholic turnover, Invaders sophomore center Stefan Stanic’s short jumper rattled out. The Panthers’ Luke Costantino grabbed the rebound and Elyria Catholic called a timeout to settle things down.
Out of the timeout, David Griffin found Edward Wright in the left corner for a 3-pointer that gave Elyria Catholic some breathing room.
The Panthers went to a full-court press and Jack Griffin’s steal led to a Logan dunk. After another Normandy turnover, Connor Trockley scored on a pass from Logan that capped a 7-0 Panthers run that put the game away.
“It was a great moment for me as a coach because we used that moment to check out or composure,” Elyria Catholic coach Rob Palmer said of how his team responded after the timeout. “They came right back out with a 7-0 run to push the lead over 10, and once they did that they really felt comfortable again.”
Wright, who had 17 points, was happy he delivered for his team.
“It was big,” he said of his corner 3-pointer. “I know we needed that shot. … I had confidence in myself and my teammates had confidence in me taking that shot. It was very big for us.”
Elyria Catholic won the rebounding battle, 50-26. Branson Taylor scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Panthers. Markovic led Normandy with 26 points while Stanic added 23 and four blocks.
Palmer thought Logan’s hot start was critical. The 6-foot-5 senior scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots in the first quarter as the Panthers built their lead.
“The last three days of practice we talked to Jarred about being that assertive leader, not that servant leader,” Palmer said. “Too often he’s found himself in the position of trying to serve the team, and we asked him to be more assertive and carry the team and get the team engaged early.
“Right from the beginning of the game he took that to heart.”
Logan hopes the Panthers have turned the page from their recent struggles.
“We had to realize you can’t get the last game back, and I think that’s what our problem was,” he said. “We were too worried about the previous loss. This whole week we haven’t been looking back. We know what we can control is the next 12 games. We came out with a changed attitude.”
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Elyria Catholic 88, Normandy 75
NORMANDY (75): Kaleb Telepak 3-1-8, Austin Nahrstedt 0-1-1, Milan Markovic 9-6-26, Matt Dunn 4-0-12, Stefan Stanic 8-5-23, Noah Telepak 2-1-5. Totals 26-14-75.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (88): Jarred Logan 12-3-29, Edward Wright 5-4-17, David Griffin 3-6-14, Branson Taylor 6-0-12, Jack Griffin 2-1-6, Eli Palmer 0-0-0, Nate Damron 1-1-3, Conner Trockley 3-0-6, Luke Costantino 0-1-1, Gunner Ziegman 0-0-0. Totals 32-16-88.
Normandy 15 18 16 26 — 75
Elyria Catholic 28 17 22 21 — 88
Three-point goals: Normandy 9-21 (Dunn 4, Stanic 2, Markovic 2, K. Telepak ), Elyria Catholic 8-16 (Wright 3, Logan 2, D. Griffin 2, J. Griffin). Field goals: Normandy 26-52 (50 percent), Elyria Catholic 32-61 (52.4 percent); Free throws: Normandy 14-24 (58.3 percent), Elyria Catholic 16-24 (66.7 percent). Rebounds: Normandy 26 (Markovic 6), Elyria Catholic 50 (Logan 14, Taylor 11). Turnovers: Normandy 15, Elyria Catholic 19. Total fouls: Normandy 18, Elyria Catholic 19. Fouled out: Damron.
Junior varsity: Elyria Catholic, 55-47