Sunday, February 25, 2024

Hornets top Redskins in key league contest

Freshman Grace Wolfe recorded her second straight double-double to lead Kirtland to a 48-27 win over visiting Cuyahoga Heights in a key Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division game on Thursday.

Wolfe scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to help the Hornets improve to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in league play.

“Grace Wolfe had another very good game inside,” Kirtland coach Bob Bell said. “She’s had two double-doubles in a row and doing a heck of a good job for us inside. The nice thing is she’s just a freshman and she’s going to continue to get better and better. She’s got a great presence inside knowing where she’s at around the rim and she does a good job of using the board on shots, which always increases your percentage.”

The Hornets jumped out to a 15-4 first quarter lead thanks to an opportunistic defense that led to several offensive scoring chances.

Kirtland led at halftime, 23-12.

“They play a very disciplined game and we knew that it was important for us to get the tempo of the game up a little bit and try to make things happen that way. The girls did a pretty nice job of that,” Bell said. “Our pressure defense got us some points in transition and I thought we did a nice job on the boards.”

Julia Camino also scored in double figures for the Hornets with 10 points and Lauren Snyder added seven. Lauren Lutz pitched in with four points and seven rebounds.

“The girls played a nice ballgame,” Bell said. “I thought both our pressure defense and our disciplined half-court defense was good. Our guard play was very good. We got 17 points out of our one-two guard, Lauren Snyder and Julia Camino. Everybody played well. I was really happy. The bench came in and did a nice job.”

Brooke Wilson led Cuyahoga Heights with 14 points.

Kirtland hosts West Geauga on Saturday while Cuyahoga Heights travels to Garfield Heights.

Kirtland 48, Cuyahoga Heights 27

Cuyahoga Heights (5-2, 3-1 CVC): Orlowski 3, Wilson 14, Mc. Spicer 4, Santiago 2, Mi. Spicer 4

Kirtland (5-2, 4-0 CVC): Snyder 7, Camino 10, Sayle 2, Yurick 2, Wolfe 17, Lutz 4, McIntosh 2, Coso 2, Martz 2

Cuyahoga Hts. 4 8 10 5 — 27
Kirtland 15 8 13 12 — 48

Free throws: Cuyahoga Heights 7 of 10, Kirtland 1 of 3; 3-pointers: Cuyahoga Heights 4 (Wilson 2, Orlovski, mc. Spicer), Kirtland 3 (Camino 2, Snyder); Rebounds: Cuyahoga Heights 18, Kirtland 31 (Wolfe 14); Kirtland 11 (Snyder 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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