Thursday, September 23, 2021

McGill scores 27 in Kirtland’s win over Wickliffe

Seann McGill scored a career-high 27 points and Brandon Samsa and Kyle Work also scored in double figures to lead Kirtland to a 70-60 nonconference win over visiting Wickliffe on Friday.

Samsa scored 18 points and Work added 12 in the win.

“Seann McGill and Kyle Work were excellent tonight on both sides of the floor,” said Kirtland coach Nick Gallo. “We need them to continue to be superb around the rim.”

McGill has stepped up early in the 2017-2018 season, especially on offense where he has developed into a go-to scorer for the Hornets.

“I was really using my size to my advantage,” McGill said. “I was getting to my spots and the shots were falling. We also ran really well in transition and my teammates were getting me the ball around the rim. This was a great win for our team as a whole.”

Samsa drained all four of Kirtland’s 3-pointers in the win.

The Hornets improved to 3-2 overall with two consecutive wins. Kirtland will play two key conference games next week as part of a three-game swing to open the first week of January.

“This was a huge win for us as we have three big games next week,” McGill said. “So this was a huge boost of confidence that we needed. As we start jelling as a team, I think we will start stringing the wins together.”

Wickliffe fell to 4-5 on the year.

Kirtland 70, Wickliffe 60

Wickliffe: Abramczyk 4, Brown 15, Galioto 8, Colbert 5, Zollars 9, Olsen 17

Kirtland (3-2): Capretta 4, Mueller 4, Samsa 18, Cosgrove 2, Fulco 1, Krulc 2, Work 12, McGill 27

Wickliffe 13 15 14 18 — 60
Kirtland 23 16 11 20 — 70

Free throws: Kirtland 6 of 12, Wickliffe 8 of 15; 3-pointers: Kirtland 4 (Samsa), Wickliffe 6 (Olsen 4)

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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