Friday, December 1, 2023

Hornets outshoot Garfield Heights

Amber Yurick and Grace Wolfe both scored 11 points to lead Kirtland to a 56-35 nonconference win over Garfield Heights on Wednesday.

The Hornets made 20 of 53 shots while the Bulldogs converted on just 13 of 53.

“It was a pretty intense and high-energy game,” Kirtland coach Bob Bell said. “Both teams pretty much pressed either full court or some version of full court the whole ball game. The big difference was we just made a few more shots than they did.”

Kirtland also out-rebounded Garfield Heights, 31-30.

Wolfe, who has led Kirtland in scoring the past three games, pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

“She adds a huge element to our inside game as far as scoring with a good percentage of shots but she’s also one of our best rebounders,” Bell said of Wolfe. “She’s also a good defender in the post.”

Jenna Sayle contributed to the win with nine points, Lauren Snyder finished with seven and Julia Camino and Reilly Greenlee both added six for the Hornets. Macy McIntosh and Lauren Lutz finished with four and two, respectively.

“We got a lot out of our young players last night,” Bell said. “32 out of our 56 points were scored by freshmen and sophomores. It was a well-balanced attack.”

Snyder and Camino were responsible for breaking Garfield Heights’ press and keeping the Bulldogs from getting comfortable in their offensive sets.

“Lauren and Julia did a good job handling their pressure all night long and did a great job applying pressure in the front of our press,” Bell said.

The Hornets, who improved to 3-2 overall, host Cardinal on Saturday.

Kirtland 56, Garfield Heights 35

Garfield Heights (3-3): Leonard 7, Ghazy 4, Maze 8, Saulters 6, Hargrove 6, Warren 4

Kirtland (3-2, 2-0 CVC): Snyder 7, Camino 6, Sayle 9, Yurick 11, Wolfe 11, Greenlee 6, Lutz 2, McIntosh 4

Garfield Heights 11 6 7 11 — 35
Kirtland 20 8 16 12 — 56

Free throws: Garfield Heights 7 of 16, Kirtland 15 of 23; 3-pointers: Garfield Heights 2 (Leonard 1, Ghazy 1), Kirtland 1 (Snyder 1); Rebounds: Garfield Heights 30, Kirtland 31 (Wolfe 8); Assists: Kirtland 11 (Lutz 3)

Steve Hare
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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