July 25, 2016

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Basketball roundup: Grizzlies stay in hunt for SL championship

From staff reports.

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth’s girls basketball team inched one step closer to the Suburban League title Wednesday night, beating Copley 64-63.

The Grizzlies (14-5, 11-2) led 64-59 late in the fourth quarter and had to endure a furious, nerve-racking comeback by the Indians (12-6, 9-4) in the waning moments.

“I’m very proud of the way kids competed,” Wadsworth coach Andrew Booth said. “It’s a really gutty performance. There’s numerous times where we could of folded, especially at the end, but bottom line when we needed a defensive stop we got it.

“It was great to give ourselves a chance to win the Suburban League against Tallmadge on Senior Night.”

Down by one with less than 20 seconds remaining, Copley got off three shots on one possession, but none of them fell.

Finally, after a jump ball the Indians Taylor Reif (15 points) missed an eight-footer from the baseline that would have won the game and in the scramble after the shot Wadsworth’s Britt Busson (13 points, 7 rebounds) snared the ball as time ran out.

Along with Busson and Chrissy Pavlik (14 points, 5 assists), junior wing Lindsay Tenyak came up with a career-high 17 points, including eight in the fourth quarter.

“At probably the biggest point of the season she stepped up  when we needed it the most,” Booth said of Tenyak. “She’s been almost an afterthought for three years. Tonight they were taking away other options and left her open and she responded with some huge shots.”

In other games:

Brunswick 37, Lakewood 31

LAKEWOOD — The Blue Devils (13-5, 6-2) outgritted the Rangers (6-12, 3-5) in this Northeast Ohio Conference River Division contest. Sophomore center Brooke Forsythe came off the bench and led Brunswick in scoring with 14 points. Fellow sophomore post Mikaela Lengal also had a steady night with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Kelsey Durichko added seven points and six assists. Coach Grant Relic’s junior varsity was a victor as well.

Mayfield 68, Medina 46

MEDINA — Despite Emily Hulthen’s 18 points, the Bees (5-13, 2-6) could not pull off a win in this Northeast Ohio Conference River Division loss. Katie Woodling contributed 12 points for Medina, while Tegan Skirpstas (6 points) and Erica Rigney (5) also cracked the scoring column  for the Bees. Medina’s JV squad had an exciting night with a 43-35 win over the Wildcats. Grace Ferut led Medina (15-3) with 17 points.

Patriot Athletic Conference

Clearview 57, Buckeye 44

LORAIN — The Bucks (9-9, 7-6) evened their record with this loss to the CIippers in Patriot Athletic Conference cross divisional action. Jessie Hall led Buckeye with 13 points. Kelsey Knoll also had a productive night with eight points, 21 rebounds and four assists. Buckeye’s JV team also fell to Clearview 41-25. Marie Mesmer and Janelle Srodek had six points apiece for the Bucks.