The following recap was written by Bob Daniels of The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.
ELYRIA — Megan Scheibelhut, Elyria Catholic’s 6-foot-1 sophomore, has at least two valuable assets.
Her height makes her effective under the basket as a rebounder and close-range scorer. Her soft shooting touch makes her dangerous from outside the three-point line.
For the third time this season, Scheibelhut nailed four three-point baskets Monday (Feb. 8) night in leading EC to a 47-34 non-conference victory over Buckeye in The Coliseum.
It was the final regular-season home game for the Panthers (18-3) on Senior Night. Buckeye, of the Patriot Athletic Conference, dropped to 14-7.
The Bucks hung with the Panthers for the first quarter and a half, being tied at 11 halfway through the second. But EC responded with a 12-3 run, which included two of Scheibelhut’s threes, and opened an eight-point lead at the break.
The Panthers put it out of reach after three quarters, with Scheibelhut draining two more threes and a pair of foul shots. The teams played to a 13-13 tie in the fourth quarter, with EC scoring leader Riley Schill scoring six points and Josie Carandang five.
The Bucks’ Kayla Glancy scored five points in the final eight minutes and Kaitlyn Hubeny, who finished with a team-high 11 points, added four.
Scheibelhut said the game gives the Panthers an idea of what they need to improve. One of the things she has been working on is her outside shooting.
“This year I’ve been working a little harder on it,” she said. “I feel like I’m getting a little more open and the (threes) just seem to fall a little more, I guess.”
The Panthers play their final regular season game Wednesday (Feb. 10) night at Valley Forge. They open Division II sectional play at home Saturday (Feb. 13) against Fairview.
Panthers coach Eric Rothgery said he was wary of the Bucks and their 14 wins.
“If they’ve crossed the finish line that many times, they’re not just going to lie down and let us beat them,” he said. “They’re well-coached, they kind of slowed the game down and they played well. We had a couple spurts there that gave us a little breathing room.”
EC turned in another strong defensive job, limiting the Bucks to sub-20 percent field goal shooting. Buckeye made just two of 11 shots from three-point range.
“We came here expecting to prove what we’re able to do,” Bucks coach Ron Clady said. “We did, we hung with them and played really well. I think we didn’t do some of the fundamental things well at the end, like boxing out and making some shots. That, obviously, was the difference.
“They (Panthers) have some experience and some girls who can make some big-time shots from outside. We don’t see that a lot playing the schedule we have, so it was different for us. We just didn’t really adjust to it.”
Here is a link to video highlights, courtesy of the Ohio Sports Network.
Note: EC’s junior varsity team beat the Bucks in overtime, 29-28, on sophomore Meghan Allegretto’s put-back in the final seconds!
Elyria Catholic 47, Buckeye 34
BUCKEYE (34): Tori Avallone 0-0-0, Gabby Glancy 0-0-0, Kaitlyn Hubeny 3-5-11, Madeline Smith 0-1-1, Samantha Hritz 0-2-2, Kayla Grancy 3-0-8, Olivia Hartley 2-4-8, Morgan Hama 1-2-4. Totals 9-14-34.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (47): Julia Scarpelli 2-0-4, Josie Carandang 4-0-10, Regan Schill 0-1-1, Riley Schill 4-3-11, Sam Filiaggi 0-1-1, Nora Hopkins 2-2-6, Megan Scheibelhut 4-2-14. Totals 16-9-47.