Kirtland’s young basketball team passed its first test of the 2016-2017 season on Saturday when the Hornets traveled to Harvey and beat the bigger Red Raiders, 46-33.
Harvey held a size advantage in most positions but the Hornets hustled to outrebound the Raiders, 33-26 to create more scoring opportunities.
“We were outsized in four out of five positions,” said Kirtland coach Bob Bell. “We played well in spurts. There were times where maybe we got a little overanxious and careless but that’s what you kind of expect in a young team.”
The Hornets jumped out to a 10-6 lead after the first quarter and expanded their advantage to 25-18 at halftime.
Junior Sydney Snyder scored 14 of her game high 20 points in the first two quarters to help the Hornets build their lead.
Kirtland’s defense kept Harvey from making a run in the second half.
Junior Katie McCollister led the team with six steals, Snyder had five and sophomore Jenna Sayle contributed with four.
“They played hard and good defense,” Bell said of his players.
Sayle led the squad with seven rebounds and senior Lauren Bottesch, Snyder, McCollister and freshman Lauren Snyder each pulled down six. Freshman Lauren Lutz had five rebounds.
“We were spreading it around pretty good,” Bell said.
Lauren Snyder was second on the team with seven points, Sayle and Lutz both scored six, McCollister had four and Bottesch pitched in with three.
“Both Sydney and Lauren (Snyder) hit some key shots at key times and that helped,” Bell said. “Katie McCollister just does and incredible job of running the team and breaking the press. She's almost like a one person press breaker because she's such a good dribbler and Jenna Sayle played a really good game and rebounded well. Lauren Bottesch did a nice job playing defense in the post and Lauren Lutz did a real nice job coming off the bench to get us six points.”
Nevada Melton led Harvey with eight points. Danielle Cruz added six and Makenna Lilly and Na’Tori Ducksworth both finished with five.
Kirtland travels to West Geauga on Wednesday while Harvey hosts Fairport Harding on Tuesday.