EATON TWP. — Lorain did just enough Monday night to win its Division I sectional opener at Midview.
But not enough to make Titans coach Mark Feldmann completely happy.
The ninth-seeded Titans downed the eighth-seeded Middies 39-34 to earn a shot at top-seeded Olmsted Falls on Thursday night.
“We didn’t have too many turnovers,” Feldmann said after the Titans improved to 12-11. “We know No. 3 (Kaeli Evans) is left-handed and we kept letting her go left. And the one girl (Autumn Vance) got to the basket two or three times — nobody slid over. If it wasn’t for that, maybe we could have won by a little bit more.”
Evans, one of only two seniors on Midview’s roster, kept the Middies close with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Midview (7-16) tied the game at 29 thanks to a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter. After Normajane Bohannon scored to give the lead back to Lorain, Meghan Newton made a 3-pointer put the Middies on top 32-31 with 3:38 to play.
“We’re still a very young team,” Midview coach Rob Overy said. “The girls don’t feel like that because they’ve been playing varsity basketball but we need to be in more situations like that so they can answer.”
Lorain tried to give the game away, making only four of eight free throws in the fourth quarter, though three of those came in the final 11.3 seconds to secure the win.
The Titans were only 6-of-18 from the line but Midview couldn’t quite get over the hump. The Middies turned the ball over 16 times, including two crucial ones in the final minute.
“The momentum was there,” Overy said. “We just needed a couple of baskets to go in. We just needed a couple things to go right. That’s what an 8-9 seed game is supposed to look like.”
Ashley Hisle was the difference for Lorain, leading all scorers with 19 points, including a pair of buzzer-beating 3-pointers to end the first half and the third quarter.
“I was confident,” said Hisle, just a sophomore. “And I knew my team needed me to knock down shots.”
“We made the baskets when we needed to,” Feldmann said. “(Ashley’s) a good player. She’s been struggling with her shot. She had five (points) the other day. She probably got a couple hundred shots (Monday morning) and she stayed after practice (Sunday). We tell the kids all the time, ‘Those shots that you make on game night were made the day before or made the week before.’ She puts in the time.”
Bohannon finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Imani Thomas led Lorain to a 37-29 edge in rebounds with 13.
Lorain 39, Midview 34
LORAIN (39): Ashley Hisle 7-1-19, Normajane Bohannon 2-3-8, Nicole Ortiz 1-0-2, Imani Thomas 1-0-2, Mackenzie Barricklow 2-2-6, Mikiya Hermon 0-0-0, Tanisha Llanas 0-0-0, Brooklyn Ferguson 1-0-2. Totals 14-6-39.
MIDVIEW (34): Autumn Vance 2-0-4, Kaeli Evins 3-5-11, Hailey Vettel 0-0-0, Faith Allen 1-0-3, Meghan Newton 2-0-5, Emma Barnes 2-0-5, Izzy Patarini 2-1-5, Natalie Maver 0-1-1, Adriel Milum 0-0-0. Totals 12-7-34.
Lorain 7 9 11 12 — 39
Midview 8 4 10 12 — 34
Three-point goals: Lorain 5-18 (Hisle 4, Bohannon), Midview 3-13 (Allen, Newton, Barnes). Field goals: Lorain 14-47 (30 percent), Midview 12-37 (32 percent). Free throws: Lorain 6-18 (33 percent), Midview 7-12 (58 percent). Rebounds: Lorain 37 (Thomas 13), Midview 29 (Evans 8). Turnovers: Lorain 8, Midview 16. Fouls: Lorain 7, Midview 15.