LORAIN — Though Lorain led most of Monday’s game against Rocky River, the Pirates dominated the fourth quarter and snatched a victory out of the Titans’ grip.
Though Lorain led for all but about 10 minutes, the Titans fell 46-40.
Lorain made just one field goal, turned the ball over seven times and scored just seven points in the fourth quarter.
“Well, we couldn’t make any shots for most of the game and they took advantage of that,” Lorain coach Mark Feldmann said after the Titans fell to 11-10.
“That might be one of the worst games we’ve played this season.”
Lorain led 33-27 late in the third quarter but the Pirates reeled off nine straight points to take the lead and leave the Titans reeling.
When Rocky River’s Julia Potts stole the ball and converted the layup, the Titans were suddenly down 40-35.
Lorain managed to get within 42-40 on two Mackenzie Barricklow free throws with under a minute remaining. But Rocky River’s Kelsey Murphy responded with a layup to silence the crowd.
A turnover then led to a couple Rocky River free throws that put the game away.
Lorain was outscored 20-7 the final 10 minutes of the game.
“This is just one of those games you try to forget,” Feldmann said. “They saw we were struggling shooting the ball so they stayed in the zone and it worked.”
Rocky River shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the last three minutes.
“They started to gain confidence as the game went on and we didn’t respond to that,” Feldmann said.
Senior Nicole Ortiz helped the Titans control much of the first half with her aggressive play. She forced Rocky River turnovers on defense and picked up four rebounds in the second quarter. Her 3-pointer and driving layup gave the Titans a 13-6 lead a few minutes into the second quarter.
“I wanted to try and make an impact to help our team win, especially on Senior Night,” said Ortiz, who finished with eight points and seven rebounds. “My teammates helped me with good passes and I was able to knock down some shots.”
The Titans got off to a good start, holding Rocky River to one field goal and four points in the first quarter.
Ortiz, Normajane Bohannon and Barricklow led the way, flying around defensively and making big shots.
Barricklow’s driving floater gave Lorain an 18-12 lead late in the second quarter but Rocky River rallied with five quick points before halftime to cut the Titans’ lead to 18-17 at the half.
“We just didn’t play very well tonight,” Barricklow said. “We tried to fight through it but we couldn’t make shots and they did enough to beat us.”
Rocky River 46, Lorain 40
ROCKY RIVER (46): Emily Hollabaugh 1-0-2, Maria Potts 3-4-10, Julia Potts 4-4-12, Grace Harte 1-0-2, Taylor Spies 1-2-4, Nani Meese 1-1-4, Kelsey Murphy 6-0-12. Totals 17-11-46.
LORAIN (40): Ashley Hisle 2-1-6, Normajane Bohannon 3-3-9, Brooklyn Ferguson 1-0-2, Nicole Ortiz 3-0-8, Imani Thomas 3-1-7, Mackenzie Barricklow 1-2-4, Mikiya Hermon 2-0-4. Totals 15-7-40.
Rocky River 4 13 14 15 — 46
Lorain 8 10 15 7 — 40
Three point goals: Rocky River 1-11 (Meese), Lorain 3-15 (Hisle, Ortiz 2). Free throws: Rocky River 11-18 (61 percent), Lorain 7-17 (41 percent). Total fouls: Rocky River 15, Lorain 14. Turnovers: Rocky River 19, Lorain 18.
Junior varsity: Lorain, 38-15