July 25, 2016

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Girls basketball: Blue Devils starting to find rhythm

It would have been easy for Brunswick’s girls basketball team to sulk after a three-game losing streak last month.

Instead, the Blue Devils regrouped and are back rolling down the tracks.

Bri Moss

Brunswick (8-5) has won four straight games, including high-quality wins over Ann Arbor Huron, Mich.

(49-48), Midpark (49-36) and North Royalton (42-38) as it heads into a breather Saturday against 4-8 Garfield Heights.

Spearheading the attack has been strong defense (38.8 during the run), outstanding free throw shooting (hovering around .700 for the season) and an efficient offense led by seniors Gabrielle Bulic and Bri Moss.

The 6-foot-4, Bulic, a Michigan volleyball recruit, is averaging a Medina County-best 17.3 points and 10.8 rebounds since Brunswick allowed a season-high 66 points in a loss to Lakewood on Dec. 22.

Meanwhile, the versatile Moss is posting 13.0 points while canning five 3-pointers from her small forward position.

Brunswick riding a hot streak is coming at the right time. On Wednesday, the Blue Devils will travel to undefeated Cleveland St. Joseph, which is ranked eighth in the Associated Press Division I state poll.

Black River (2-9, 1-6)

The Pirates are 2-3 when junior guard Angie Kazek scores 10 or more points.

l Black River will have to contend with the Patriot Athletic Conference’s leading scorer Saturday, as Fairview’s Katie Smith averages16.6 points per game.

Brunswick (8-5, 3-2)

The Blue Devils’ five losses have come by an average of 8.2 points. That doesn’t sound like a small number, but consider Hudson (11-2), Mentor (8-4), Mayfield (7-5), Medina (11-2) and Lakewood (11-1) have a combined 48-14 record.

l Bulic is on pace to become the first player in school history to shoot .500 from the floor and .750 at the foul line for a career.

Buckeye (4-8, 4-4)

Forward Sara Dash scored all eight of her points in the first quarter Wednesday in a 41-25 win over archrival Black River.

l The Bucks junior varsity team has won its past two games by a combined 81-24 score.

l Buckeye has outrebounded its opponent in each of its four victories.

l The originally scheduled game at Oberlin on Saturday has been moved to Jan. 23.

Cloverleaf (5-7, 2-4)

The Colts enter this week shooting .654 at the free throw line, highlighted individually by Brittany Piper at .857 and Lexi Civittolo and Emily Civittolo at .800.

Highland (7-5, 3-3)

Junior forward Anna Rose Wiencek is averaging 13.4 points over the past five games, while freshman forward Marlee Profitt has scored 20 points over the past three.

l The Hornets will travel to suddenly hot Copley (5-6, 1-5) on Saturday. The Indians have won three of their last four games.

Medina (11-2, 5-0)

Junior forward Madi Tata is averaging 7.0 points over the past four games, highlighted by a career-high 11 points in wins over Highland and Barlett (Alaska).

l Coach Chris Hassinger (58-21) needs one more win to pass John Street (58-12; 1974-78) and Mark Loomis (58-92; 2002-09) for third most in school history.

l Medina has a tough stretch coming up with Stow (Saturday; 10-3), Hudson (Jan. 19; 11-2), Massillon Perry (Jan. 21; 5-8) and North Royalton (Jan. 26; 8-5).

Wadsworth (11-1, 6-0)

The Grizzlies are ranked fifth in the initial AP D-I state poll. Twinsburg (14-0) is No. 1, followed by Kettering Fairmont (11-0), which plays Wadsworth on Jan. 20 at the Classic in the Country, Mason (11-0) and Reynoldsburg (10-1).

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.