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Despite loss, Elyria soaks in atmosphere of game at the Q

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    Elyria's Alaysia Ward battles Medina's Olivia Bowser for a rebound during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena.

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    Medina's Mia Buzzelli knocks the ball away from Elyria's Marche Robinson during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena.

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    Medina's Lindsey Linard scores over Elyria's Alyssa Wilson during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena.

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    Elyria's Jailese Carmichael looks to put up a shot between Medina defenders Rowan McDonald (L) and Angela Piloseno during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena.

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CLEVELAND — Angelina Aulisio squared up behind the arc, released a 3-pointer and watched it swish through the net.

No matter what else happens during her senior season, it will be tough to top scoring the first points for Elyria on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

“It was an amazing moment,” the 5-foot-10 forward said. “Not a lot of people can say they made a 3-pointer on an NBA court, so I’ll never forget that.

“By itself, that was great, but to also have my family cheering for me in the stands and my sister playing on the same team, it was incredible. I’m almost speechless that it actually happened.”

Junior center Lindsey Linard rung up 10 points, a game-high seven rebounds and four blocked shots, leading undefeated Medina to a 63-14 victory over the Pioneers in Greater Cleveland Conference action.

Sophomore forward Sarah McKee led all players with 13 points and senior guard Alexa Nau had five assists for the Bees (18-0, 12-0), who are one win from clinching at least a share of the league championship.

Medina scored the first 18 points before Aulisio’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in the opening quarter, then held the Pioneers (4-14, 1-11) to a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Danah Ewing in the second.

Ewing scored a team-best five points for Elyria, while sophomore guard Taylor Mehl had three points, two assists and two rejections. Aulisio — the lone 12th-grader on the roster — grabbed five rebounds with two blocks.

“We’re very young and we’re getting a ton of experience right now, but you’re not going to know how to compete at the next level unless you play teams like Medina,” Pioneers coach Anthony Brown said. “But a day like this is all about making memories for the kids. The opportunity to play on an NBA court is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I quickly accepted when Medina offered us the chance to be here. I appreciate that they asked us.”

The highlight of the afternoon for the Pioneers came early in the third, when Mehl buried a 3-pointer and Ewing followed with a steal and score for a 5-0 run to pull within 40-11.

Freshman forward Elizabeth Aulisio made a midrange jumper later in the period for Elyria’s final basket, which received almost as loud of a reaction from the fans as her sister’s 3-pointer earlier in the game.

“I have no words for it, it’s just great,” Angelina Aulisio said. “I’m so happy for my sister. It’s great. Just great.”

Brown also smiled when talking about the siblings’ special moment at the home of the 2016 world champion Cavaliers.

“Angelina has always been very consistent and works hard against whoever we put her against,” he said. “To see her little sister make that nice pull-up here was something I know she enjoyed.”

Casting an eye toward the future, Brown had five freshmen on the floor for the final two minutes. Starting center Alaysia Ward and Aulisio were joined by forward Jackie Kaminski and guards MarChe Robinson and Jaidah Gonzalez.

“We’ve had 9-10 freshman games canceled because other schools can’t field teams, so you have to give them the chance to compete and entice them to stick with it,” Brown said. “This was something that I hope gives them the motivation to work hard all summer and come back ready in the fall.”

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com. Follow him @BrianDulik on Twitter.

Medina 63, Elyria 14

at Quicken Loans Arena

ELYRIA 3 3 8 0 — 14

MEDINA 18 20 13 12 — 63

Elyria — Cora Sanders 0-0-0, Angelina Aulisio 1-0-3, Alaysia Ward 0-0-0, Taylor Mehl 1-0-3, Danah Ewing 2-0-5, MarChe Robinson 0-0-0, Jaidah Gonzalez 0-1-1, Jae’Lyse Carmichal 0-0-0, Elizabeth Aulisio 1-0-2, Alyssa Wilson 0-0-0, Jackie Kaminski 0-0-0. TOTALS: 5-1-14.

Medina — Abby McMullen 1-4-6, Sarah McKee 5-2-13, Lindsey Linard 4-3-11, Madison Luthy 4-0-10, Alexa Nau 0-1-1, Katie Neate 3-0-6, Rowan McDonald 0-0-0, Elizabeth Stuart 1-0-3, Erin Wojciak 2-0-4, Mia Buzzelli 0-0-0, Olivia Bowser 0-0-0, Haley Letner 1-0-3, Angela Piloseno 0-0-0, Hailey Seguin 0-1-1, Aly Dwyer 1-0-3, Alyssa Johnson 1-0-2, Shannon Wojciak 0-0-0, Gill Wagner 0-0-0, Ana LaGuardia 0-0-0, Molly Zabielski 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23-11-63.

3-point goals — A.Aulisio, Mehl, Ewing, Luthy 2, McKee, Stuart, Letner, Dwyer. Rebounds — Elyria 27 (A.Aulisio 5), Medina 38 (Linard 7). Assists — Elyria 4 (Mehl 2), Medina 13 (Nau 5). Records — Elyria (4-14, 1-11), Medina (18-0, 12-0).

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