Sunday, May 19, 2024

Spartans earn title shot

A dominant defensive performance sent Richmond Heights to the state championship game for the first time in school history.

The Spartans held Berlin Hiland to just five second-half points in a 59-21 win in Saturday’s Division IV state semifinal at the University of Dayton Arena.

“Coming in, we knew they were going to be scrappy and tough,” said Richmond Heights coach Quentin Rogers of Hiland. “One thing about them is they have a culture because they have won—girls and boys—so we didn’t take them lightly at all. We knew they were going to come after us.”

What started out as a back-and-forth struggle for momentum in the first quarter turned into a rout as the Spartans outscored the Hawks in the second quarter, 8-3, to take a 21-16 lead into the break.

Hiland scored just five points in the third quarter and was shutout in the fourth. The 21 points were a season-low for the Hawks.

The Spartans closed the game on a 46-8 run.

Seniors Jaiden Cox-Holloway and London Maiden led Richmond Heights with 12 points each, while freshman Dorian Jones had seven rebounds and eight points. Richmond Heights out-rebounded Hiland, 32-11, and had 30 points in the paint compared to Hiland’s six.

Richmond Heights will face New Madison Tri-Village on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. in the Division IV state championship game.

“We know that we’re going to take everyone’s best shot, you need to be prepared for everything out there,” Rogers told the News-Herald. “You can’t tell anything before the ball goes up in the air but our guys are going to be ready and we need to be locked in and prepared. We’ve been physical all season and disciplined with that physicality limiting fouls and turnovers.”

Steve Hare
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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