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Girls basketball: Host Panthers advance to championship game


 ELYRIA — Despite shooting only 30 percent from the field on many missed putback attempts, Elyria Catholic’s overwhelming domination of the backboards led to a 61-50 victory over Brooklyn on Friday night at the Coliseum in the EMH Regional Healthcare Systems Holiday Tournament.
The Panthers (5-5) will play Buckeye, a winner over Lake Ridge in Friday’s opener, in the championship game today at 3:30 p.m.
Elyria Catholic’s control of the boards was overwhelming
(65-44), led by freshman Ashley Schuster’s 18 and sophomore Katie Shoemaker’s 13. It led to  a whopping 79 field goal attempts, most of them on putbacks. The Panthers, however, only made 24 of those attempts for 30 percent.
But the winning formula was try, try again until the ball went through the hoop.
Schuster’s rebound total matched her career-best 18 points, second to freshman teammate Emily Taylor’s 20.
Despite the board deficit, Brooklyn (3-7) was still in the game through three quarters, just trailing by six, 41-35, heading into the fourth. The Hurricanes hung tough through
37 percent shooting and the all-around play of Maggie Bayard who scored 20 and pulled down 13 rebounds.
But in the fourth, Elyria Catholic broke away on quick baskets by Rachel Wilden, Mimi Rothgery and Taylor and suddenly the lead was up to 12. It eventually reached 15, 54-39, on Taylor’s fastbreak layup.
“I’d say rebounding was a big part of our win,” Schuster said. “But we missed a lot of bunnies. We just have to learn to slow down and not hurry our putbacks so much. I think we have a good chance (today) if we come out with intensity and are ready to play.”
Assistant coach Eric Rothgery ran the team Friday as head coach Pat Higley sits out a two-game suspension for having a couple of technicals called against him in a recent game.
“We have some tough kids underneath,” Rothgery said of the rebound advantage. “But if we had made a few more of those putbacks, we’d have won by 20. The girls work hard and are in excellent shape. I think we wore them (Brooklyn) down in the fourth quarter.”
Brooklyn coach Kristen Field summed it up, “Rebounding has been a real problem for us this year. We give away too many second-chance shots. But we’re young and in the learning process.”
Contact Jerry Rombach at 329-7137 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.
EC 61, Brooklyn 50
BROOKLYN (50): Maggie Bayard 7-5-20, Laryssa Byndas 3-6-12, Alicia Hoddo 2-2-6, Stefanie Schilke 2-2-6, Tina Gresock 2-2-6, Rebecca Byndas 0-0-0. Amy Lachowski 0-0-0. Totals 16-17-50.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (61): Emily Taylor 9-0-20, Ashley Schuster 6-6-18, Katie Shoemaker 3-0-6, Katherine McNeeley 1-3-5, Sara Schneider 2-0-4, Rachel Wilden 1-1-3, Stephanie Recko 1-1-3, Mimi Rothgery 1-0-2. Totals 24-11-61.
Brooklyn 12 11 12 15 — 50
E. Catholic 14 17 10 20 — 61
Three-point goals: Brooklyn 1 of 3 (Bayard), EC 2 of 5 (Taylor 2); Field goals: Brooklyn 16 of 43 (37 percent), EC 24 of 79 (30 percent); Free throws: Brooklyn 17 of 22, EC 11 of 16; Rebounds: Brooklyn 44 (Bayard 13), EC 65 (Schuster 18, Shoemaker 13); Turnovers: Brooklyn 26, EC 16; Fouls: Brooklyn 21, EC 21.
Buckeye 82, Lake Ridge 47
LAKE RIDGE (47): Seidel 1-1-3, Hansen 10-5-25, Long 1-1-3, Rengel 0-2-2, DiOrio 1-1-3, Shimko 2-2-6, Eastwood 0-1-1, Kurtz 2-0-4. Totals 17-13-47.
BUCKEYE (82): Hall 9-2-21, Hare 2-1-5, Stybor 8-0-23, A. Urbanic 1-0-2, E. Urbanic 6-0-12, M. Joyce 2-0-4, K. Joyce 2-1-6, Knoll 2-0-4, Mesmer 2-1-5. Totals 34-5-82.
Lake Ridge  12 6 11 18 — 47
Buckeye 22 20 17 23 — 82
Three-point goals: (B) Hall, Stybor 7, K. Joyce.

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