ELYRIA — Brittney McNamara, Elyria Catholic’s senior sharpshooter, was up Sunday night with flu-like symptoms.
She wasn’t much better in school Monday and she seemed to be under the weather when she took the floor against Lutheran West on Monday night. The clue: she threw up bricks on nine 3-point attempts in the first half.
Next time you’re feeling queasy, you might want to check with McNamara about her secret cure. She was anything but ill in the second half in the Panthers’ 67-39 rout of the Longhorns in non-conference play.
At the risk of understatement, she found her stroke outside the arc and broke two Lorain County 3-point shot records.
She drained a county record six — including five in a row — in the third quarter and added two more in the fourth to break the record of seven in a game held by five players. It was done most recently by Brookside’s Gabby Piwowar in 2011.
She finished with a game-high 26 points, a career best.
With 32 threes for the season, McNamara has a shot — in a manner of speaking — at the season record of 56 held jointly by Jamie Krivak of Columbia (1997) and North Ridgeville’s Ashley Montgomery (2011).
“It’s preparation,” McNamara said of her remarkable shooting. “Plus, my dad (Kevin) is sitting over here telling me like, ‘Keep it high, you gotta get the release high.’ He tells me what’s wrong with my shot and when I need to fix it, I fix it. And he’s the main reason why I make most of my shots.
“When I make the first (3-pointer), I realize this is where I have to place myself,” she said. “This is where my shoulders have to be, this is where everything has to be perfectly placed. I just go from there.”
While McNamara’s second-half shooting stole the show, she wasn’t the only 3-point shooter. Freshman Josie Carandang drilled two in the first half and added another in the second, giving the Panthers 11 for the night, or nearly half their total field goals for the game, 24.
Karissa McGrath, EC’s 5-9 senior post, scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half and Carandang finished with 10 points.
Elyria Catholic (8-1) faces a tough West Shore Conference test Wednesday night at Lakewood. Both are undefeated in the WSC.
McNamara said even a one-sided game is valuable in preparing for a big game.
“I prefer a game like this over a practice,” she said. “It means you get more practice with an opposing team than with our own JV team and it gives us focus for Wednesday’s game and we’ve been talking about Wednesday’s game from the beginning of the season. It’s our biggest game of the year.”
Panthers coach Eric Rothgery also had thoughts on the value of a one-sided win heading for Wednesday’s showdown.
“You know, down deep I was hoping for a very competitive game,” he said. “I think if I get down deeper, I hope for a blowout. As much as you ask for a very competitive game, you see that as well as we played, it might not have been competitive for a lot of teams.
“It wasn’t anything Lutheran West did,” he said. “They played hard and came after us. It’s a pretty good team. But we got in their face defensively and we made things tough. Then Brittney comes out and knocks down eight threes in the second half; I mean, start listing the teams we’re going to lose to if she plays like that in the second half.”
Lutheran West (3-5) was never really in it. The Longhorns fell behind 9-0 after five minutes and trailed 14-6 after a quarter with seniors McGrath and Shannon Hopkins, and Carandang all scoring four points each. The Panthers opened the lead to 27-12 at halftime and led 56-20 after EC’s 29-point third quarter.
The Longhorns’ Amanda Stephens scored a team-high 16 points 14 in the second half and 12 in the fourth quarter. Lutheran West won the final eight minutes, 19-11.
Elyria Catholic 67, Lutheran West 39
LUTHERAN WEST (39): Bre Coreno 0-3-3, Marissa Nuti 0-0-0, Katelyn Thornton 1-0-2, Lindsey Tomola 0-0-0, Ari Tomasula 2-1-5, Carey Smith 0-1-1, Lindsay Thomas 1-2-4, Maddie Jakabic 2-0-4, Marissa Spelich 1-0-2, Amanda Stephens 6-4-16, Olivia Vasiloff 1-0-2. Totals: 14-11-39.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (67): Julia Scarpelli 0-0-0, Josie Carandang 3-1-10, Brittney McNamara 9-0-26, Riley Schill 2-0-4, Therese Orsagos 0-0-0, Shannon Hopkins 2-4-8, Brooke Nedrich 0-0-0, Karissa McGrath 7-2-16, Becky Horvath 1-1-3, Emily Millar 0-0-0, Erin Herschelman 0-0-0. Totals: 24-8-67.
Lutheran West 6 6 8 19 – 39
Elyria Catholic 14 13 29 11 – 67
3-point goals: Lutheran West 0-9; Elyria Catholic 11-29 (McNamara 8, Carandang 3). Field goals: Lutheran West 14-55 (25.5 percent); Elyria Catholic 24-68 (35.3 percent). Free throws: Lutheran West11-19; Elyria Catholic 8-16. Rebounds: Lutheran West 36; Elyria Catholic 43. Turnovers: Midview 20; Elyria Catholic 15. Fouled out: None.
Junior varsity: Elyria Catholic, 39-35.
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