NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Even in an all-star game, that old Avon Lake-Avon rivalry is tough to deny.
Tuesday at the Lorain County Girls Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Games, two Shoregals helped get their team a win in a fourth-quarter showdown with an Avon nemesis.
Elizabeth Murdock scored six of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter and Allie Heschel hit two deep 3-pointers to help Leaders Moving and Storage down Weed Pro 54-47 in the second game of a doubleheader at the North Ridgeville Academic Center.
In the first game, Kaiser Insurance easily beat Schafer Development 55-20.
“I thought we played together pretty well,” Murdock said of Leaders’ win. “I don’t always have a lot of big games statistically so it was nice to put some points on the board.”
Weed Pro led 36-35 after three quarters, just the second time it was in front all night.
But Murdock and Heschel came up big when it counted, Heschel’s second 3-pointer of the fourth giving Leaders a 44-42 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“There were a lot of talented girls out there,” Heschel said. “I just tried to go out and have fun but still give it my all.”
Keeping Weed Pro in striking distance was Avon’s Elizabeth Flynn, who had eight points in the fourth quarter and 10 points for the game.
Oberlin’s Karissa Rankin led Weed Pro with 11 points. Her back-to-back steals and a layup gave Weed Pro its final lead at 41-40.
“It was cool to play with so many girls I’m used to going against,” Rankin said. “The pace took me by surprise early on but I was able to settle in.”
Leaders led 14-7 after the first quarter and 23-17 at the half.
Columbia’s Danielle Gerda and Amherst’s Kamryn Dziak each had 10 points for Leaders while Heschel had eight points and five steals.
“We all still really wanted to win that game and you could see that at the end,” Heschel said.
In the first game, Kaiser Insurance came out on fire, fueled by a balanced offensive attack. Six players scored at least two field goals in the first half.
Keystone’s Peyton Halleen led Kaiser with 11 points. Hannah Begany (Brookside) had nine points and Amherst’s Katie Turner and Avon’s Jules Frombach and Rachel Hapanowicz chipped in six points each.
“It was a little confusing at first with all the different schools but it was fun,” Halleen said. “There wasn’t much pressure so I just played my game.”
Frombach had three straight steals at one point in the second half while Halleen had six rebounds.
“This was a great way to finish a very fun senior season,” Halleen said.