MEDINA — The big names on the stat sheet weren’t the ones Medina girls basketball fans are used to seeing.
The Bees went 15 deep Wednesday in their 78-20 Northeast Ohio Conference cross-division blowout of Valley Forge.
Even with a slow start offensively in which the Bees missed layups and struggled to capitalize on Patriots turnovers, Medina was clearly the superior team from the outset.
“This was a good win for us.” Medina coach Karen Kase said. “Our schedule has been tough, and it’s going to get tougher. Everybody contributed, but we needed to work through that rough patch.”
While a lot of the names aren’t typical Medina (4-3) stat sheet stuffers, one may be familiar to those who recall the Medina boys teams of the 1990s.
Dyamon Stockman, the daughter of 1995 Gazette MVP and former Medina star Adrian Stockman, led the Bees with a career-high 15 points off the bench.
The junior got some big minutes and responded as the Bees had the game wrapped up shortly after it began.
All 15 players had at least one mark on the stat sheet as Medina led the Patriots (1-7) 41-10 at the half.
“It’s really exciting because some people don’t get to play all the time,” Stockman said. “So they got a chance to get points and play. It was really exciting for us.”
Behind Stockman, Maddie Norman (4 points, 7 assists), Christina Vukovich (11 rebounds) and Taylor DeMichael (4 points, 9 rebounds), the Bees pitched a 31-0 shutout in the third quarter.
“We just need to still focus on our fundamentals,” Stockman said. “We can’t play down to the level of the other team.”
With the end of the Medina bench emptied, the Patriots managed to outscore the Bees 10-6 in the fourth quarter and only committed two turnovers after making 33 over the first three.
Several Medina players got to see a lot of varsity minutes for the first time and the Bees got to try out some different defenses.
“It’s good and it’s bad,” Kase said. “It’s good because everybody gets a chance to step in and contribute. Almost everybody had a chance to score and play some good minutes. That helps their confidence, and we need our bench to contribute. Our starters are playing a ton of minutes right now, and we need to even that out a little bit more.”
Casey Midlik had 14 points for the Bees, while Madi Tata chipped in 11 points and six rebounds in limited minutes.
“Casey and Madi are our leading scorers, so we still want them to attack and shoot when they are open,” Kase said. “But we also want them to look to get the others involved as well. We want Holly (Rhodes) to get more involved in the offense, but she got knocked at Mayfield, so she’s working out of one eye.”
Rhodes only scored two points, but had three assists and three rebounds in very limited minutes playing with a bandage over her eye.
Medina won the junior varsity contest 55-3 behind 15 points from Margaret Swiecicki and 10 from Amanda Holzman. Valley Forge was held scoreless until the fourth quarter, when Alexis Stumpf scored all three of her team’s points.
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