Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Hornets collect third straight win

Last week, Kirtland suffered two straight overtime setbacks and even lost starting point guard Katie McCollister to a season-ending injury.

The Hornets haven’t skipped a beat.

With Monday’s 63-11 win over Fairport Harding, in a game that was moved to Kirtland, the Hornets have won three straight games by an average of nearly 36 points per game.

“It's hard when you lose your best friend on the court and a girl you've played with for the last several years,” said junior captain Sydney Snyder of McCollister’s injury. “Fortunately I have my sister stepping into the point guard position and the rest of the team is also stepping up to the challenge to keep our positive season going.”

Get Men's Denim Apparel and Accessories at American Apparel. Shop denim shirts, pants, and accessories. Click Here!Snyder scored 23 of her game-high 25 points in the first half of the win over Fairport.

Kirtland improved to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division.

The Hornets responded to overtime losses to NDCL and at Perry with a 55-40 win over CVC Chagrin Division opponent Beachwood then won at Hawken, 56-16, on Saturday.

Freshman Lauren Snyder has stepped into McCollister’s role and has been a quick study.

With her at point, Kirtland is averaging 53.75 points per game.

“The point guard position is a natural spot for Lauren,” Sydney Snyder said. “She's played that position until this season. She has a lot of poise for being a freshman.”

Lauren Snyder scored seven points against the Skippers on Monday but she distributed the ball to the other eight Hornets who scored in the game.

She credits McCollister for helping her understand the role and for some in-game coaching.

“I'm really disappointed in Katie's injury, she was a big factor in our games,” Lauren Snyder said. “Being the point guard comes with a lot of challenges, and with Katie still sitting on the bench I get input on what she sees out on the court. With the help of Sydney, Jenna (Sayle), and my other teammates, the pressure is taken off. From Katie's injury Sydney had to move to the two spot where she helps me take up the ball during the press breaker. Even though there was an injury the season still continues, so we have to get stronger and work hard as a team.”

Sayle added 16 points in the win over Fairport and Lauren Bottesch finished with six. Rylee McCrory contributed with three and Lauren Lutz, Kara Aquila, Julia Camino and Kate Ricketti each pitched in with a bucket.

Brenna Lorek led the Skippers with seven points.

Kirtland 63, Fairport 11

Fairport: Burrier 2, Urban 2, Lovek 7

Kirtland (10-2, 6-0 CVC): L. Snyder 7, S. Snyder 25, Sayle 16, McCorry 3, Lutz 2, Aquila 2, Camino 2, Bottesch 6, Ricketti 2

Fairport 3 0 5 3 — 11
Kirtland 21 18 15 9 — 63

Field goals: Fairport 4 of 37, Kirtland 29 of 75; Free throws: Fairport 3 of 6, Kirtland 4 of 6; 3-pointers: Kirtland 2 (L. Snyder, S. Snyder); Rebounds: Fairport 20, Kirtland 40 (S. Snyder 9); Assists: Fairport 3, Kirtland 11 (Lutz 3); JV: Kirtland 37-9


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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