July 24, 2016

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Girls basketball: Medina gets shot at elusive league title

MEDINA — Girls basketball is back in Medina.

After going over a decade without a championship in the sport, the Bees have a chance to win a share of their first title since the 1994-95 season with a victory tonight against Brush in a Northeast Ohio Conference River Division finale.

While coach Chris Hassinger has tried to not over-hype the game with the Arcs, his team knows not only what’s at stake, but what it would mean to people outside of the program.

“They’re more into wanting a championship back for Medina … it’s been so long,” said the second-year coach, whose team is locked atop the league standings with Stow. “You start seeing the community attach itself to girls basketball and, if we’re fortunate (to win), it’s going to be a fun night.”

Standing in the Bees’ way is Brush team that has been playing well as of late and is the reigning title-holders in the NOC River.

For the Bees to be successful, they will need to limit the touches of sophomore swingman Aeriyelle Perrin, who scored a game-high 21 points in the first meeting between the two teams last month
(a 49-35 Medina win).

“She killed us the first time. We just need to keep her off the boards, because she’ll shoot it and then go to the rack,” said Hassinger, who noted senior Taylor Burke will have the duty of guarding the underclassman. “She can shoot and get to the basket, which makes her so tough.”

While most Bees fans will have their phones out frantically texting people watching the Stow-Brunswick game on the other side of the county, Hassinger knows that if his team takes care of business they will have accomplished the first of their goals set for this season.

Plus his squad hasn’t forgotten the final game with Brush a year ago when the Arcs got to cut down the nets to celebrate their crown.

That’s a feeling that Hassinger feels his girls deserve, too.

“(Brush) has some solid players and were not overlooking them,” he said. “We remember the feeling of when they celebrated their conference title, cutting the nets down after beating us.

“Our goal right now is to win each quarter. If we can do that (tonight), we will be conference champs.”

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.

Medina Bees vs. Brush Arcs

WHEN: Tonight, 7:15
WHERE: Medina High School
AT STAKE: With a win, Medina can clinch a share of the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division title — the school’s first conference championship since the 1994-95 season. The Bees currently share the league lead with Stow, who plays at Brunswick tonight.