June 28, 2016

Mostly clear

Grizzlies cash in from long range

Wadsworth's Hannah Centea grabs a rebound between John Marshall's Wanda Wright, left, and Taylor Cousins during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Wadsworth’s Hannah Centea grabs a rebound between John Marshall’s Wanda Wright, left, and Taylor Cousins during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Rick Noland

The Gazette

WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth girls basketball team had a three-for-all Thursday night.

The top-seeded Grizzlies went 7-for-10 from behind the 3-point arc in the first half en route to a 74-17 victory over No. 32 seed John Marshall in a Medina Division I Sectional title game.

“A lot of teams have packed in zones against us and dared us to shoot,” coach Andrew Booth said. “When the 3-pointer is going down like that, we’re rolling.”

Senior Olivia Thompson led the way against the Lawyers (4-14), making 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the first half. She didn’t play after intermission.

Wadsworth (23-1) led 26-2 after one quarter and 47-6 at halftime. The Grizzlies, who committed just five turnovers and weren’t called for a foul against John Marshall, beat No. 33 seed Lincoln West 84-9 in their first tournament game.

“We’ve had seven practices since our last regular-season game and they’ve been the seven best practices of the year,” said Booth, whose team will play Amherst Steele in a district semifinal game Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Medina. “They understand things are going to get progressively harder as we move on.

“We were much sharper this game than the previous one. It was very businesslike.”

Wadsworth finished with 11 3-pointers against John Marshall — Taylor Wyatt and Annie Gilbert had two apiece — and scored on 12 of its first 18 possessions.

“Obviously, we got off to a good start,” Booth said. “We talked about staying sharp, and we did.”

Fifteen players saw action and 12 scored for the Grizzlies, with Thompson leading a balanced attack with 12 points. Jodi Johnson added 10, Peyton Booth and Aubrey Virgin had nine apiece and Gilbert added eight. Peyton Booth also had seven rebounds and five assists.

The last time Wadsworth failed to reach the district semifinals was 1992.

John Marshall committed 28 turnovers and was outrebounded 34-20. Wadsworth had 18 assists to four for the Lawyers, who went 8-for-40 from the floor (.200).

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Wadsworth 74, John Marshall 17

Medina Division I Sectional Final

JOHN MARSHALL                2    4     7    4   —  17

WADSWORTH                      26  21  13  14  —  74

John Marshall — Berlingeri 2-0-4, Cousins 2-0-5, Jackson 3-0-6, Santos 1-0-2. TOTALS: 8-40 0-0 17.

Wadsworth — Jodi Johnson 5-0-10, Laurel Palitto 2-0-4, Madison Gilger 1-0-2, Peyton Booth 4-0-9, Hannah Centea 0-0-0, Olivia Thompson 4-0-12, Aubrey Virgin 2-5-9, Taylor Wyatt 2-0-6, Annie Gilbert 2-2-8, Courtney Palange 0-0-0, Jenna Johnson 2-0-5, McKenna Banks 1-0-2, Elizabeth Edurese 2-0-4, Brennan Williams 1-0-3, Brenna Murphy 0-0-0. TOTALS: 28-64 7-9 74.

3-point goals — Cousins, Thompson 4, Wyatt 2, Gilbert 2, Booth, Williams, Je. Johnson. Rebounds — John Marshall 20, Wadsworth 34 (Booth 7). Assists — John Marshall 4, Wadsworth 18 (Booth 5). Turnovers — John Marshall 28, Wadsworth 5. Records — John Marshall (4-14), Wadsworth (23-1).

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Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for The Gazette and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.