Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Hoops Roundup: Conference races come into focus

With wins on Tuesday, girls’ basketball teams from Berkshire, Chagrin Falls, Perry, and Richmond Heights moved into sole possession of first place in their respective divisions.

Berkshire used a third-quarter run to pull ahead of host Crestwood on the way to a 32-23 victory.

With the win, the Badgers improved to 2-0 in conference play with a win over Kirtland, who is tied with Grand Valley for second place in the Valley Division with 2-1 records. Berkshire hosts Grand Valley on Jan. 3.

Maddy Triskett scored six of her team-high 13 points during Berkshire’s run.

“It’s always tough to win on the road and Crestwood is young, but very well-coached, so to get this win tonight is going to help us as we move onto Lutheran West Friday night,” said Berkshire coach James Bosley. “We handled some adversity and that is always going to help down the road.”

Caroline Kuchling contributed to the win with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, and four steals, and Hayley Stoddard added seven points and five rebounds.

Abby Guyette, Elaine Guyette, and Maddy Dustman each led Crestwood with six points.

Chagrin Falls improved to 3-0 in the Chagrin Division with a 60-27 win over Orange.

The Tigers already defeated second-place West Geauga, who is 4-1 in league play.

Lilly Stukus continued her assault on opposing defenses as she scored a game-high 30 points for the Tigers. Jenna Santamaria also scored in double figures with 16 points.

Rachel Oberster led Orange with 13.

Perry pulled off the biggest win of the night as the Pirates defeated previously undefeated Edgewood, in a battle for first place in the Lake Division, 48-42.

The Pirates are now 3-0 in conference action while the Warriors dropped to 3-1. Edgewood will get another shot at the Pirates when they host Perry on Jan. 21.

Sophia Makad recorded a double-double for the Pirates. She scored a game-high 18 points with 13 rebounds. Grace McKoon added 10 points, despite focusing her attention on slowing down Edgewood standout Kaci Kanicki.

Kanicki scored 15 points for the Warriors.

Richmond Heights took over sole possession of first place in the Metro Division after a 36-25 win at Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday.

The upstart Spartans improved to 3-0 in the Metro Division while the Red Wolves dropped to 2-1. Richmond Heights, who improved to 7-0 overall, will host the rematch on Jan. 28.

Cuyahoga Heights’ Tess Conroy scored a game-high 19 points, but it wasn’t enough against the Spartans.

Grand Valley defeated Wickliffe, 46-27, to keep within striking distance of the Badgers in the Valley Division.

Carly James led the Mustangs with a game-high 17 points and Kaelyn Hart also scored in double figures with 10.

Ava Gabriel led Wickliffe with 14 points.

Independence improved to 1-2 in the Metro Division with a 45-27 win over Lutheran West.

The Blue Devils broke open a 19-18 halftime game with a 14-3 third-quarter run.

Cat Rieger and Addie Westerburg both scored in double figures for the Blue Devils with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Kara DeSmith added eight, Paige Priebe scored seven, and Casey Adams finished with five points.

Kirtland’s boys’ team finally opened the season after a long delay due to the Hornets advancing to the state football championship game earlier this month.

The Hornets had just four full days of practice to prepare for their 70-68 win at Cardinal on Tuesday.

Gino Blasini and Owen Mueller led the Hornets with 16 points each while Nick Barisic scored nine and Will Sayle and Vince Carriero both scored eight. Carriero went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final two minutes of play.

Troy Domen and Paul Gall both finished with 17 points for Cardinal, who dropped to 1-1 in conference play.

Cuyahoga Heights’ boys’ team won a road game at Parma, 53-44.

Trailing 26-23 at halftime, the Red Wolves changed the game with their defensive adjustments and the scoring prowess of Cade Davies, Kaelib Graaf, and Nate Biggers.

Davies led the charge with 19 points, Graaf scored 18, and Biggers finished with 10.

Other CVC Scores (no box scores submitted):


  • Chardon 90, Lakeside 66


  • West Geauga 74, Beachwood 41
  • Brooklyn 59, Trinity 27
  • Lakeside at Geneva (postponed)


Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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