ELYRIA — It took some help, but Medina’s girls basketball team is back in the driver’s seat for the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division title.
The Bees took care of business Wednesday with a 52-40 win over Elyria. They then moved into a tie for first place when Brunswick beat Mayfield 52-51.
Two-time defending champion Medina (14-6, 7-2) can clinch a share of the division crown with a win over the Wildcats (13-7, 6-2) next week.
“It’s nice that we’re back to playing well,” Bees coach Chris Hassinger said. “We’re really excited about an opportunity to win the conference again.”
Leading the way against the Pioneers (12-8, 1-7) was Northern Kentucky recruit Sarah Kinch, who had a career-high 23 points to go with five rebounds.
Holly Rhodes also hit a career high with 15 points that were highlighted by four 3-pointers.
Elyria leading scorer Mary Jones entered the night averaging 20.8 points over the past five games, but finished with just 11.
Mikaela Faus had 10 points as the Bees’ junior varsity won 48-30.
In other games:
Buckeye 49, Keystone 48
YORK TWP. — Julia Sekerak nailed a baseline 10-footer with 13 seconds left to give the Bucks (9-11, 9-6) this thrilling Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division victory over the Wildcats (6-12, 6-8), who rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half. Sekerak finished with a team-high 15 points, while senior point guard Hannah Hartley added 13. Senior center Jessica Banas had four points, 11 rebounds and four assists. The Bucks’ junior varsity won 29-9 behind nine points and 11 rebounds from Sammy Hritz.
Copley 65, Cloverleaf 45
COPLEY TWP. — The Indians (7-13, 2-11) outscored the Colts (7-13, 3-10) 37-16 in the second half to steal this Suburban League victory. Emily Civittolo had a career-high 17 points and six rebounds for Cloverleaf, while Lauren Gokey added eight points, three assists and eight steals.
Firelands 44, Black River 35
SULLIVAN TWP. — The Pirates (4-16, 3-12) pushed the PAC Stars Division champion Falcons (15-5, 14-1) to the limit before falling. Angie Kazek’s 13 points led Black River, which trailed 17-0 after the first quarter but outscored Firelands 35-27 the rest of the way.