Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Hornets roll to win at Hawken

GATES MILLS—Kirtland’s girls’ basketball team traveled to Hawken on Saturday expecting an intense battle between two of the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division’s top teams.

Instead, the Hornets ran into a Hawks team short three starters and cruised to a 56-16 win.

“They had a lot of injuries, as early as last night,” said Kirtland coach Bob Bell. “I'm just glad the girls played a consistent game and came out and performed the way they did.”

300x250 bannerHawken was without starting guards Danielle Drockton and Caroline Tatsuoka, which hurt the Hawks in the front court.

Kirtland forced turnover after turnover in building a 34-1 halftime lead. The Hawks didn’t score a field goal until just 5:22 was left in the game.

The Hornets weren’t without adversity.

Starting point guard Katie McCollister suffered a season-ending injury a week ago. Freshman Lauren Snyder scored eight points and is settling in as McCollister’s replacement.

“She's really stepped up and is doing a nice job in Katie's absence,” Bell said. “It's a ripple effect. You lose your point guard to a devastating injury like that and everything changes, every position so to speak. I think the kids are responding pretty well to it.”

Sydney Snyder scored a game-high 21 points and Jenna Sayle added 14 for the Hornets, who improved to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the CVC.

The Hornets cleared their bench in the second half.

“Tonight was nice because we were able to get some of the kids off the bench and into the game,” Bell said. “It was a good ball game.”

Sophomore Taylor Smith led Hawken with seven points, which included a pair of fourth quarter 3-pointers.

Kirtland 56, Hawken 16

Kirtland: S. Snyder 21, Sale 14, L. Snyder 8, McCrory 4, Camino 3, Lutz 2, Bottesch 2, Ricketti 1, Aquila 1

Hawken (6-6): Smith 7, E. Emig 4, Herschman 3, Kutash 2

Kirtland 13 21 9 13 — 56
Hawken 1 0 2 13 — 16

Free throws: Kirtland 16 of 22, Hawken 3 of 4; 3-pointers: Kirtland 0, Hawken 3 (E. Emig, Smith, Herschman); Rebounds: Hawken 34 (Kutash 9); Assists: Hawken 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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