Friday, September 22, 2023

Hornets overwhelm Wolverines

Kirtland used a stifling defense to down visiting West Geauga in a non-conference game on Saturday, 68-20.

The Hornets held the Wolverines to seven or fewer points in each of the four quarters.

“That was quite a win,” Kirtland coach Bob Bell said. “I don’t think anybody expected the score to be that lopsided. They were 4-2 going in so we prepared ourselves for a tough game and the kids went out and played very good defense. We shot the ball well tonight and things really fell into place.”

Kirtland jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the first quarter and the Wolverines never threatened.

“We just dug in and played really good hard-nosed man-to-man defense in the half court,” Bell said. “We didn’t press. We thought maybe we’d just see if we could shut down their scorers in the half court and we managed to keep them from putting the ball in the basket.”

Jenna Sayle led the Hornets with a game-high 23 points. She added three rebounds and two steals.

“We did a good job moving the ball on offense and playing good defense,” Sayle said. “We were very aggressive in our man defense and got a lot of steals.”

Grace Wolfe added 13 points in the win and also led the Hornets with nine rebounds.

Lauren Snyder finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and Lauren Lutz scored two points and pulled down eight boards. Macy McIntosh came off the bench and recorded five steals.

“Our kids were really focused,” Bell said. “This was by far one of the best defensive games we have played in a long time and we generally play good defense.”

Kirtland out-rebounded the Wolverines, 35-13, and shot 53-percent from the floor.

Athena Hocevar led West Geauga with 12 points.

Kirtland 68, West Geauga 20

West Geauga (4-3): Hocevar 12, Ehrbar 3, Sexton 1, Munko 4

Kirtland (6-2): Snyder 12, Camino 3, Sayle 23, Lutz 2, Wolfe 13, Greenlee 6, McIntosh 5, Coso 2, Martz 2

West Geauga 2 5 7 6 — 20
Kirtland 19 15 14 20 — 68

Free throws: West Geauga 10 of 23, Kirtland 10 of 18; 3-pointers: West Geauga 0, Kirtland 4 (Snyder 2, Sayle 23); Rebounds: West Geauga 13, Kirtland 35 (Wolfe 9); Assists: Kirtland 12 (Snyder, Wolfe, McIntosh 3)

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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