Friday, December 9, 2022

Kirtland fights off Brooklyn

Lauren Snyder and Julia Camino both scored in double figures to lead Kirtland to a 58-24 win over visiting Brooklyn in a Chagrin Valley Conference crossover game on Saturday.

The Hornets used a stifling defense to keep the Hurricanes from finding any rhythm on offense.

“Despite what the score said, Brooklyn was hustling and fighting for every possession which earned our respect,” said Kirtland coach Brittany Zele. “The girls’ defense really shut them down, either forcing turnovers in the half-court or limiting them to one shot and out.”

Snyder scored a game-high 17 points while Camino added 14.

“They set our tempo,” Zele said of the senior standouts. “The energy they bring to the team has a trickle-down effect. When younger players were on the court today, they were helping direct them—along with Amber (Yurick)–with what to do. That’s something those girls will remember and do in the following years.”

Kirtland, who improved to 4-1 overall, jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter and led 28-12 at halftime.

The Hornets used a 23-8 run in the third quarter to put the game away heading into the final eight minutes.

“We had more fast breaks today, which was a focus this week in practice in regard to decision-making and passing,” Zele said. “The girls were patient on offense again which allowed for even scoring among the girls since the assists were being dished out on every set.”

Yurick added six points, Reilly Greenlee finished with five and Leah LaVerde and Haley Coso both scored four. Macy McIntosh contributed with three points on the offensive end and Amalie Gettig and Nikolena Samac both scored their first varsity points with three and two, respectively.

“Amber and Macy are the muscle of our team,” Zele said. “They do everything they can to get rebounds, force turnovers, and get those high-percentage shots. You won’t always see them in the stats but if we do well, it’s probably because those two were getting those hustle points. Leah did a great job on defense and is developing into a threat on offense.

“Reilly was sick yesterday and she came out determined to lead. It’s nice having her there to play with her sister, Corinne, and the other younger girls. Haley had some nice moves on offense. Nikolena and Amalie got their first varsity points today. Overall, it was a fun game.”

Genesi Carabella led Brooklyn with nine points and Alexandria Nieves finished with four.

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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