Saturday, January 28, 2023

Shorthanded Rebels hold off Eagles

Playing without two key players proved to be a challenge for South’s girls basketball team but the Rebels held on to defeat visiting Geneva, 30-29, in Saturday’s season opener for both squads.

“It's great for our confidence,” said South coach Erin Ertter. “We won without our starting point guard Mya Matriano and post off the bench Lydia Abrams, so that is huge. It wasn't pretty after the first quarter, but a win is a win. We have a lot to work on.”

South got off to a good start in building an 11-5 first quarter leader and the Rebels led, 14-12, at halftime.

A 12-6 advantage in the third quarter gave South the cushion it would need to withstand Geneva’s fourth quarter run.

“Like I said, it wasn't pretty but we did what we had to do to get the ‘W,’” Ertter said. “We need to learn from our weaknesses that were exposed and get better on Monday.”

Senior Grace Weyman-Heller led the Rebels with nine points while Amira Churn contributed with eight and Erynn Daubenmire finished with seven.

The Rebels held Geneva standout Hailey Peoples, the 2016 Chagrin Valley Conference Player of the Year, to just 13 points.

“It was definitely a team effort,” Ertter said. “We wanted to focus on taking her away and making sure she didn't get hot. She is a great athlete and has a lot of potential this season.”

Emily Corlew added five points for Geneva and Emily Harriman contributed with four.

Carolyn Brown led the Rebels with nine rebounds.

South hosts Bedford on Tuesday while Geneva travels to Lakeside on Wednesday.

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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