YORK TWP. — The coaches in the Division II Elyria district may want to pay attention to Clearview when they vote on next season’s bracket.
Slotted as the No. 10 seed to open the tournament, the Clippers won their first game before putting a scare into No. 2 seed Buckeye on Thursday night before falling 57-48 in a sectional final.
With Samantha Jancsura being the team’s lone senior, Clearview (12-11) should be ready for the 2019-20 season with a stable of returning starters and role players ready to expand their horizons.
“That’s what I just got done telling them,” Clearview coach Nick Dimacchia said. “We’ve got everybody coming back, but it’s all about the offseason.
“We have a great group of kids. In the second half of the season, we really played some good basketball. I’m really proud of these kids and excited about what we have coming back. We’re going to have to work to get better.”
The way things started for the Clippers, it looked like they might play third-seeded Cloverleaf in the district semifinals Monday instead of the Bucks (20-3).
After losing 73-40 to Buckeye three weeks ago, Clearview made the Bucks sweat until the final whistle, even taking a 13-9 lead into the second quarter.
It was that second quarter that did in the Clippers as Buckeye went into the break on a 10-2 run to go up by seven. Madison Ross (12 points) scored eight points in the quarter and six points during the run.
While Clearview was able to cut the lead to two possessions late in the game, it was never able to get over that two-minute stretch before halftime.
“We got within four, but never really got over the hump in the second half,” Dimacchia said. “We got close a couple of times, but we had Brooke Rebman (19 points, eight rebounds, four assists) on the bench in foul trouble and had to play it safe the entire second half with three starters in foul trouble. We battled back and played hard, but we never found a way to get back.”
While Clearview’s Ariana Vazquez (13 points, 12 rebounds) had a solid night to offset the numbers of Gabby Glancy (17 points) and Sydney Bell (16), the Clippers got crushed on the boards.
Bell had a game-high 20 of Buckeye’s 51 rebounds to offset the Clippers’ 38 rebounds.
To make matters worse, the Bucks pulled down 18 offensive rebounds, giving extra possessions in a game where virtually every offensive set was important.
“Two things that beat us today — and we had our opportunities — were transition and not boxing out,” DiMacchia said. “I think there was one possession where they had like four opportunities at a bucket because no one was boxing out. We were standing around watching.
“(Bell) was all by herself down there. She was picking off the ball and going back up with it. We weren’t active enough on the boards or in the paint. If we put a body on her and get her out of position, she doesn’t have 20 rebounds. We didn’t do our job in the paint, boxing out.”
Losing the battle of the boards hurt Clearview in offensive sets as well as the Clippers were slow to the glass. By the time they reacted, Buckeye was taking it the other way for a quick layup.
“I thought we were just rushing,” Rebman said. “We were taking our time. We were looking at the time and were worried about buckets to get back up. We weren’t focused and kept slacking on defense.”
Buckeye 57, Clearview 48
CLEARVIEW (48): Samantha Jancsura 1-0-2, Arriana Noble 1-0-3, Ariana Vazquez 5-3-13, Olivia Romes 2-1-6, Brooke Rebman 6-6-19, Madison Pennington 0-1-1, Sanai Flowers 0-0-0, Madilyn Love 0-0-0, LeAnna Rogers 2-0-4, Jayden Colbert 0-0-0. Totals 17-11-48.
BUCKEYE (57): Elizabeth Whetstone 2-0-4, Sydney Bell 7-2-16, Madison Ross 5-2-12, Tatum Widenmeyer 0-0-0, Gabby Glancy 4-9-17, Autumn Meyer 1-0-2, Courtney Keeler 1-0-2, Alyssa Beckett 2-0-4. Totals 22-13-57.
Clearview 13 9 14 12 — 48
Buckeye 9 20 17 11 — 57
3-point goals — Rebman, Romes, Noble. Rebounds — Clearview 38 (Vazquez 12), Buckeye 51 (Bell 20). Total fouls — Clearview 17, Buckeye 17. Assists — Clearview 7 (Rebman 4), Buckeye 12 (Ross 5).