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Panthers News · All Teams Schedule: Week of February 8 – February 14


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Elyria Catholic High School, February 8 – February 14

MONDAY

February 08, 2016

4:30 PM Varsity Ice Hockey
vs. Notre Dame-Cathedral-Latin
(John M. Coyne Recreation Center)
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Buckeye High School (Medina)
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Buckeye High School (Medina)
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

February 09, 2016

4:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball
vs. Cleveland Central Catholic High School
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Cleveland Central Catholic High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Cleveland Central Catholic High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

February 10, 2016

6:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
@ Valley Forge High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Valley Forge High School
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

February 11, 2016

7:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball
@ Bay High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

February 12, 2016

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming
OHSAA Division II Sectional
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Swimming
OHSAA Division II Sectional
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball
vs. Rocky River High School
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Rocky River High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Rocky River High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

February 13, 2016

1:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Fairview High School
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

February 14, 2016

No events happening

Notes

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Multiple Teams · EC Girls Turn Up the Defense to Sweep Bay, Clinch Share of GLC title


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

7:30 PM

Elyria Catholic High School
AWAY
47
Bay High School
HOME
33

Game Recap

The following recap was written by Bob Daniels of The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

BAY VILLAGE — With poise under pressure, clutch foul shooting and perhaps its finest defensive effort of the season, Elyria Catholic rolled past Bay Village High School, 47-33 on Wednesday (Feb. 3) night.

First place in the Great Lakes Conference was on the line. With the win, EC (16-3, 10-1 GLC) clinched at least a tie for the conference title. Bay (18-2, 9-2 GLC) dropped a game behind the Panthers, each with one conference game to play. The Rockets’ only losses have been to EC.

The outcome was a surprise to some.

In their first meeting Jan. 9 in EC’s Coliseum, the Panthers toughed out a 47-46 overtime victory. Until then, the Rockets were undefeated through 11 games.

Wednesday’s game might also have been a portent of things to come. The teams could meet for a third time in the Division II district tournament next month.

The Panthers, who held Bay to single-digit scoring in each of the last three quarters, got a 15-point second half from senior scoring leader Riley Schill, who scored a game-high 19. Junior Nora Hopkins scored 16 points — eight in each half – second-highest total of her career. She had 18 points in the season opener against Vermilion.

Clutch foul shooting? Schill made 5-of-6 in the fourth quarter, 7-of-8 in the second half. As a team, EC made 9-of-12 free throws in the second half and, in the late going, ran its four-corners offense (run clock, wait for easy shots) flawlessly.

Schill said the Panthers succeeded because they started making shots after the break.

“We really started passing the ball,” she said. “We stepped up and took care of it. In the first half, we got a little flustered. But in the second half, we were patient with the ball and we got some great looks.”

The score was 12-12 after a quarter, and EC edged ahead 21-20 at halftime despite a seven-point second quarter by Bay senior Nora Ziebarth. But with Hopkins nailing a big 3-point basket in the final minute of the third quarter and Schill hitting two threes and two foul shots, the Panthers carried a 34-27 lead into the final eight minutes.

Defensively, EC kept the Rockets out of the middle, denied them the baseline and enjoyed a big margin on the backboards, 31-19. The defense not only limited the Rockets to single-digit scoring in the second through fourth periods, it forced the single digits in sequentially descending order — eight, seven and six.

Junior Sam Filiaggi, a key in the defense, said EC knew it needed a big effort on that side of the ball.

“We knew defense was going to be essential,” she said. “They have very good, fast guards. We had to keep them in front of us and don’t let them have the baseline. We focused on defense in practice a lot in the past two days and I think our defensive stops helped a lot. Definitely, the defense helped win this game for us.”

The Panthers outscored Bay 26-13 after the break. Hopkins said EC coach Eric Rothgery talked about being patient and focused at halftime.

“He told us we had to stop freaking out with the turnovers and look for the open people — the open people wearing green,” she joked.

Rothgery said that with tournament play set to begin within the week, the victory came at the right time of the season.

“You want to work toward tournament time and this was a good game obviously,” he said. “There was a great crowd here, there are good players on the other team and it just makes for a good environment. I just thought our girls came through beautifully.”

Bay coach Brian Hill noted correctly that his team did not shoot well (20.4 percent).

“It happens,” he said. “It’s part of a basketball game. I think our girls got a little bit frazzled when (the Panthers) started to get a little bit of a lead. But that’s something we’re going to have to learn. We’re still a young team and this is not going to define our season.”

 

Elyria Catholic 47, Bay 33

ELYRIA CATHOLIC (47): Julia Scarpelli 0-0-0, Josie Carandang 1-1-3, Regan Schill 1-2-5, Riley Schill 5-7-19, Sam Filiaggi 2-0-4, Nora Hopkins 7-1-16, Megan Scheibelhut 0-0-0. Totals 16-11-47.
BAY(33): Brenna Rohlke 0-0-0, Maddie Holmes 2-3-7, Lauren Heldt 2-3-9, Maddie Edgerly 0-2-2, Rachel Lenarth 0-0-0, Annie Peters 1-0-2, Jessica Rychel 0-0-0, Nora Ziebarth 5-2-13, Maddie Andrews 0-0-0, Maeve Johnston 0-0-0. Totals 10-10-33.

Box Scores

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Elyria Catholic
12
9
13
13
Bay
12
8
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6

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Multiple Teams · Girls Basketball Team Beats Garfield Heights, 70-34


Monday, February 1, 2016

7:30 PM

Garfield Heights High School
AWAY
34
Elyria Catholic High School
HOME
70

Game Recap

The following recap was written by Sam Ameen of The Morning Journal:

Elyria Catholic’s unselfishness on offense and its lockdown defense was too much to handle for Garfield Heights as the Panthers beat the Bulldogs, 70-34, in non-conference play Monday (Feb. 1) night.

Elyria Catholic (16-3) had 15 assists on 27 field goals, led by six from senior point guard Riley Schill.

“We wanted to work on offensive execution and get some more people into the game, and I think we were able to accomplish a lot,” Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery said. “Nobody got hurt, and we played pretty well.”

On eight field goal makes in the first quarter, six of the baskets came courtesy of assists. Junior Nora Hopkins, the game’s leading scorer, poured in six of her 15 points in the first quarter.

“It’s good (ball movement) because there are JV players coming off the bench, and you want them all to score and you always try to look for them,” Hopkins said. “It’s good to have other people score.”

Thirteen players scored for the Panthers. Senior Josie Carandang was the other player in double digits for Elyria Catholic — she had 10 points and was two out of three from three-point range.

Elyria Catholic was on cruise control after the first quarter as the Panthers took a 21-2 lead heading into the second. Garfield Heights’ Nyiera Conners scored the only basket in the quarter for the Bulldogs and it came with 1:59 to play.

Defensively, Elyria Catholic forced Garfield Heights to take low-percentage shots. The Bulldogs were 13 of 43 from the field and committed 19 turnovers.

Elyria Catholic took a 40-14 lead at halftime and led by as many as 44 at 58-14 in the third quarter on a two-pointer from freshman Regan Schill.

In addition to the win, it was a good way to start the week as Elyria Catholic claimed the No. 1 seed in the Division II Elyria District for the upcoming state tournament. The Panthers will host Fairview on Feb. 13. They chose to play in the sectional semifinal round instead of taking a bye.

“It’s always nice to get (the No. 1 seed), but after that, it doesn’t mean anything because you have to start winning games,” Rothgery said. “It allows you to pick where you want to be on the bracket early …

“We prefer to play (instead of opting out of a bye). I used to say under the old method I didn’t want to play someone who had a one-game winning streak on a floor I didn’t play on. But the way it works now, you have two home games, and it’s hard to pass up a home game.”

Elyria Catholic faces Bay on the road Wednesday (Feb. 3) night in a highly-anticipated game. Both teams are 9-1 in the Great Lakes Conference. If Elyria Catholic wins Feb. 3, it will claim the conference outright because the Panthers would own the tiebreaker. Elyria Catholic hosted Bay on Jan. 9 and won, 47-46, in overtime.

“We’ve been pointing toward this rematch against Bay. It was a good game the first time here, and we expect it to be all the same on Wednesday,” Rothgery said. “We’ve been really looking forward to it, and I think the girls will be focused.”

Box Scores

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Garfield Heights
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12
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16
Elyria Catholic
21
19
19
11

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Multiple Teams · EC Comes From Behind to Beat Holy Name in OT, 85-81


Friday, January 29, 2016

7:30 PM

Elyria Catholic High School
AWAY
85
Holy Name High School
HOME
81

Game Recap

The following recap was written by Todd Shapiro of The Chronicle-Telegram.

PARMA HEIGHTS — Elyria Catholic wrote one word on its blackboard prior to Friday’s Great Lakes Conference battle at Holy Name.

Nails.

It turned out to be fitting because when the game was on the line the Panthers proved to be as tough as nails and fans surely spent most of the night biting their nails.

EC senior Jake Kuchta’s three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime and Elyria Catholic came from behind to defeat the Green Wave, 85-81.

Kuchta was held to five points over the first three quarters but rose to the occasion at the most opportune time, calmly ball-faking to force a Holy Name defender out of position before rising up to drain the game-tying three-pointer.

Kuchta then scored 13 of the Panthers’ 16 points in the extra period to finish with 21.

“I knew what the team needed so I came out really determined,” he said. “As soon as I released that shot I knew it was going in. My teammates really stepped up the whole game. We really needed this win. We’re tied for first place with Bay and if we lost this game it would have been an uphill battle the rest of the way.”

Sophomore Dorian Crutcher, who led the team with 25 points, got EC (12-4,7-1 GLC) off to a quick start with three three-pointers in the opening 2:11 as the Panthers took a 12-3 lead.

In the third quarter, it was senior Brian Duffield who took control for the Panthers, scoring on three of their first second-half possessions.

The Green Wave (6-11, 3-5 GLC) rebounded from a seven-point halftime deficit to tie game at 52 at the end of the third quarter. Holy Name took its first lead of the night on a layup from sophomore Dwayne Cohill with 5:27 left in the fourth quarter. Cohill led all scorers with 28 points.

Holy Name led by three on a pair of occasions, the second time after Sean Hickey made a two free throws with 21.2 seconds left to put the Green Wave up 69-66.

“We’re a really composed team. We never panicked,” said Duffield, who finished with 15 points. “When we get ahead we like to keep pushing it, so it was a little frustrating that we let them back in the game. The advantage we have is that we’re such a solid team that anybody can get hot for us at any time. We don’t have to rely on one person.”

The Panthers improved to 5-0 this season in games decided by four points or less.

“I’m happy to see Jake come through in a tough situation but really I’m just so proud of our entire team,” said Phil Kuchta, Elyria Catholic’s coach and Jake’s father. “We had so many guys step up. Dorian Crutcher had an unbelievable game. He’s really coming into his own. Every one of our guys battled tonight.”

As for that word on the blackboard?

“What that word meant was we wanted to be tough as nails,” Coach Kuchta said. “We knew that’s what we had to be to get a league win on the road. And I think our guys did that tonight.”

SCORING

ELYRIA CATHOLIC (85): Dorian Crutcher 10-0-25, Kevin Kelley 1-3-6, Brian Duffield 6-3-15, Sean Szabo 2-0-6, Doug Taylor 3-6-12, Jake Kuchta 5-10-21. Totals 27-22-85.

HOLY NAME (81): Brandon Styers 1-1-4, Ralph Vance 8-2-19, Nick Opincar 1-0-3, Sean Hickey 6-2-16, Joe Petrilla 2-0-5, Joe Carter 3-0-6, Dwayne Cohill 10-5-28. Totals 31-10-81.

Box Scores

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Elyria Catholic
22
11
19
17
16
Holy Name
17
9
26
17
12

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Multiple Teams · Boys Basketball Team Guts One Out on the Road at Normandy


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

7:30 PM

Elyria Catholic High School
AWAY
54
Normandy High School
HOME
52

Game Recap

The following recap was written by Joel Hammond of The Chronicle-Telegram.

 PARMA — Despite building a first-half lead as large as nine points Tuesday (Jan. 26) night, Elyria Catholic never could pull away from Great Lakes Conference foe Normandy. And it nearly cost the Panthers.

The Invaders blitzed EC in a dramatic momentum swing in the third quarter, but the Panthers did enough to survive, outscoring the hosts by seven in the fourth for a 54-52 win.

“Normandy came out firing in the third quarter and got layups,” EC coach Phil Kuchta said. “We weren’t ready to go, and it was effort things. That’s disappointing.

“But, any win is a good win, and we think this league is underrated. Our guys don’t feel great about it, but wins are good.”

The Panthers (11-4, 6-1 GLC) built a nine-point second-quarter lead by scoring nine of the quarter’s first 12 points. Junior Sean Szabo and sophomore Dorian Crutcher hit threes in the spurt, but Normandy (8-8, 3-5 GLC) answered with seven straight points — before senior Kevin Kelley hit another three for EC right before the buzzer for a five-point edge at the half.

EC hit its usual array of threes in the first 16 minutes, shooting of 7-of-16. But the Panthers went cold in the third, shooting just 25 percent (3-of-12), and the Invaders took advantage of EC’s aggressiveness.

Normandy’s Mickey Newman scored the first eight of the third, and before EC junior Doug Taylor scored with 4:17 to go in the quarter, Normandy had put together a 14-1 spurt to take its largest lead, 39-31.

“We got some easy looks in transition against their press, and that helped us turn the tables,” Invaders coach Tim Schmotzer said.

Crutcher had a three-point play to stop the bleeding, and senior Jake Kuchta followed with two free throws. Normandy led by five after the third, but EC scored the first five of the fourth and took the lead for good on Taylor’s second-chance three-point play with 2:43 to go.

Kuchta and Newman traded baskets, and after a Kuchta miss, EC senior Brian Duffield forced a Normandy turnover, which led to two Taylor free throws. The Invaders followed by hitting one of two, but Crutcher missed a pair, setting up the hosts’ last chance: Troy Massa’s three fell off and Newman’s putback attempt also missed.

“EC took our transition baskets away, and made plays in the halfcourt,” Schmotzer said. “We got decent looks, but couldn’t convert.”

Kuchta led the Panthers with 14 points, while Crutcher — who’s provided a big lift lately for EC — added 13. Crutcher entered the game averaging 17 points per game over his team’s last four, including 22 last Tuesday (Jan. 19) in his first career start against Columbia.

“My teammates have been looking for me more, and I’ve been attacking,” Crutcher said.

As for those late free throws, there’ll be more chances.

“I had full confidence in him on those shots, and I know he’ll hit them the next time,” Phil Kuchta said. “He’s been coming on, and stepping up at the right time. It’s good to see young guys grow as the season goes along.

 

Box Scores

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Elyria Catholic
18
12
10
14
Normandy
15
10
20
7

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Multiple Teams · Bleich Runner-Up, Ferguson Fourth at Catholic Invitational Tournament


Saturday-Sunday, January 16-17, 2016

9:00 AM / 9:00 AM

Place

6

Points

47

Meet Recap

The Elyria Catholic wrestling team took sixth of 12 teams in the small division at the 55th Catholic Invitational Tournament, hosted by Cincinnati Elder High School over the weekend (Jan. 16-17).

Junior Stan Bleich Jr. was the runner-up at 132 pounds as he dropped the title bout to Lake Catholic’s Kevon Freeman in a tough 5-3 decision.

Freshman Stephen Ferguson III came in fourth at 106 pounds

The Panthers will compete again on Thursday (Jan. 21) in a Great Lakes Conference tri-meet being hosted by Normandy High School.

Opponents

School Place Points
Elyria Catholic High School
6
47

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Multiple Teams · Schill Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone as EC Avenges Loss to Normandy


Saturday, January 16, 2016

2:30 PM

Normandy High School
AWAY
31
Elyria Catholic High School
HOME
49

Game Recap

The following recap was written by Matt Lofgren of The Morning Journal.

ELYRIA — The Elyria Catholic girls basketball team avenged its only Great Lakes Conference loss to Normandy High School on Saturday (Jan. 16) afternoon as the Panthers took care of the Invaders, 49-31.

The win was EC’s sixth straight and improved the Panthers to 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the GLC.

Senior point guard Riley Schill scored 17 points in the win and her second bucket of the game made her the third 1,000-point scorer in the history of the EC girls basketball program.

As Schill celebrated with her team, Panthers coach Eric Rothgery reflected on his senior’s career and said he never doubted she would make it to this moment.

“No, not at all (surprised she has made it this far) actually,” Rothgery said. “Honestly, I probably would have thought it would have come earlier. She’s a good scorer, but she’s really developed into an unselfish player so that keeps her around that 10-12 points a game. I would have guessed she would have gotten it at some point, though.”

EC returns to action on Wednesday (Jan. 20) night when Holy Name comes to The Coliseum. The Panthers beat the Green Wave by a score of 47-26 in the first meeting of the season back on December 5th.

EC scoring v. Normandy: Riley Schill – 17 // Megan Scheibelhut – 10 // Nora Hopkins – 7 // Josie Carandang – 6 // Sam Filiaggi – 4 // Meredith Ternes – 2 // Julia Scarpelli – 2 // Regan Schill – 1

Box Scores

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Normandy
8
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9
11
Elyria Catholic
14
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9
14

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Boys Varsity Hockey · Hockey Team Improves to 10-2 in Conference Play


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

7:00 PM

Nordonia High School
AWAY
7
Elyria Catholic High School
HOME
10

Game Recap

The Elyria Catholic hockey team beat Nordonia by a score of 10-7 on Wednesday (Jan. 13) night at North Park Ice Arena.

With the win – which was EC’s third straight – the Panthers improved to 10-6 overall and 10-2 in the Blue West Division.

The seniors led the way, scoring all 10 of Elyria Catholic’s goals.

David Kukucka found the back of the net five times and assisted on one of Will Gentry’s three scores. Kyle Horvatich scored off a rebound when sophomore Drew Beck put the puck on net. EC’s last goal came from Paul Demer, again assisted by Beck, with 12 seconds left in the third period.

Senior Tanner Reaser was credited with four assists and Beck had three helpers on the night.

Sophomore goaltender Kevin Hahn was credited with 18 saves while his counterpart Anthony Cinalli made 56 stops.

Box Scores

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Nordonia
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Elyria Catholic
3
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Multiple Teams · Boys Basketball Team Beats Brookside, 100-52


Saturday, January 9, 2016

7:30 PM

Elyria Catholic High School
AWAY
100
Brookside High School
HOME
52

Game Recap

The following recap was written by Bob Daniels of The Chronicle-Telegram.

SHEFFIELD — The Elyria Catholic boys basketball team shot a stunning 75 percent in the first half and a season-high 69 percent in the game as they rolled over the Brookside Cardinals, 100-52, in a non-conference on Saturday (Jan. 9) night.

One night after falling 90-70 at home to Bay, the Panthers (8-3) ended the first quarter on a 24-3 run to blow the game open. They then outscored Brookside 31-16 in the second quarter to take a 60-24 lead at halftime.

Senior shooting guard Jacob Kuchta scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half, hitting six of seven shots from the floor and connecting on all four of his three-point attempts and senior point guard Darin Guice added 15 of his 21 points on 5-for-5 shooting with four assists and four steals in the first half.

EC was 21-of-28 from the floor and 5-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line in the first two quarters.

“We talked about that loss a lot as a team and knew we had to bounce back from it,” Guice said. “We expected a lot more out of ourselves in the Bay game and felt like we had something to prove tonight.”

Panthers coach Phil Kuchta was happy with how Guice came out aggressive.

“I was proud of our effort, the way we came out and got after it,” Kuchta said. “I thought the biggest thing was the chemistry and how we moved the basketball.

“Darin, I thought, really led the team by coming out, passing the ball, making the right plays and really getting after it defensively.”

First-year Brookside coach Tom Moyer thought his team’s 12 first-half turnovers, coupled with Kuchta’s hot shooting, was the difference.

“We had turnover after turnover after turnover, caused by them, and that led to easy shots,” Moyer said after his team fell to 0-10. “When Kuchta is hot he’s deadly from beyond the arc. He got warmed up pretty quick, hitting that first three and getting some confidence.”

Despite EC building its lead to as many as 49 points, Moyer was pleased with his team’s effort … but thought Friday’s loss took a lot out of his squad.

“We don’t give up,” he said. “We had a tough game (Friday) night with Wellington, a conference game, and right now it’s difficult for our team to pick ourselves up mentally to compete for two nights in a row. We lost a tough one (Friday) and I think it showed we just weren’t mentally ready to go tonight.”

Jacob Kuchta thinks the Panthers’ loss to Bay could be a turning point.

“(Friday) night, we played awful … we were a different team,” he said. “The message today was that we had to wake up and get it together so we came out really strong and aggressive. We came out and attacked.

“We learned a lot about ourselves in the Bay game. You can usually learn a lot more from losses than wins, and what happened (Friday) night could end up being really good for us.”

Guice also had 10 assists while sophomore Dorian Crutcher added 15 points for the Panthers. Christian Carrion led Brookside with 10 points.

 

EC scoring v. Brookside: Kuchta23 // Guice – 21 // Crutcher – 16 // Taylor – 10 // Duffield – 8 // Kelley – 7 // Davis – 6 // Szabo – 5 // Warfield – 4

Box Scores

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Elyria Catholic
29
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19
21
Brookside
8
16
17
11

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Multiple Teams · Girls Basketball Team Wins OT Thriller Over Bay, 47-46


Saturday, January 9, 2016

2:30 PM

Bay High School
AWAY
46
Elyria Catholic High School
HOME
47

Game Recap

The following recap was written by Bob Daniels of The Chronicle-Telegram.

ELYRIA — Folks figured it would be a battle when the girls basketball teams from Elyria Catholic and undefeated Bay squared off on Saturday (Jan. 9) with first place in the Great Lakes Conference at stake.

It was a battle and more as the Panthers dealt the Rockets a 47-46 loss, their first of the year, in a classic, physical overtime thriller.

With 4-1 conference records, EC (9-2) and Bay (11-1) are tied for the GLC lead, a game ahead of Rocky River.

The Panthers, who defeated River on Wednesday, and Rockets will meet again next month at Bay in a game that could decide the GLC title, while serving as a tune-up for a potential Division II district tournament showdown.

When the buzzer blared at the end of OT, EC’s Sam Filiaggi — who had just come away with a crucial steal in the final six seconds — had control of the ball at EC’s end of the court. The Panthers and their fans rejoiced loudly.

“I was put in situations like this last year, and I was never ready for it,” Filiaggi said. “But this year, I knew I had to do this for my team and I’m glad I contributed in some way. We came in thinking this was going to be like a playoff game, and this is the biggest game we’ve played so far. It was a big win for us. It was a fantastic win.”

 

It was also a battle of three-point field goals, which the Panthers won 9-7. With EC trailing 9-3 early, EC senior Josie Carandang hit back-to-back threes 20 seconds apart to tie it. And she nailed her third three of the day in the final 30 seconds of the first half, treating EC to a 22-21 lead at the break.

 

All the while, Carandang, who hadn’t been feeling well recently, was playing on blistered feet while also nursing painful shin splints.

 

“I’ve been sick the past couple days, but it was just one of those weird things where I was on,” Carandang said. “That one (three) was a bank shot, but I’ll take it. We’ve been focusing on this game for a long time. They came in undefeated and I can’t even talk about how much we wanted to beat them. We just executed better at the end.”

 

The Panthers’ Megan Scheibelhut, who also had a three-pointer in the first quarter, made three more in the second half, two in the third quarter and one in the fourth. The 6-foot-1 sophomore, who spends a lot of time in the post, went into the corners for her four 3-pointers and a game-high 16 points. She added two two-point baskets, one in overtime.

 

“I actually started shooting three-pointers at the end of eighth grade,” Scheibelhut said. “I got a few off last year, but not as much as this year. Every time I went to the corner, it seemed like I was open, so I’d just shoot it.”

 

It marked the most threes she has made in a varsity game.

 

Filiaggi scored the eventual winner on a drive to the basket with 23 seconds left in overtime. And the Schill sisters, senior Riley, who finished with 10 points, and freshman Regan, who scored one, each added a critical foul shot in the final 1:40 of regulation to give EC its 42nd and 43rd points. The game was tied at 43 after 32 minutes.

 

Panthers coach Eric Rothgery said the team felt Saturday’s game would come down to one important possession.

 

“It came true,” he said. “You know, sometimes it’s hard to put an average team away. It’s really hard to put a great team away. It got to the point where we’d be ahead by five or six, and they’d come down and bury a three or something. It’s a long season and you don’t want to make one game your big game. But this was big for us.”

 

Bay coach Brian Hill said his Rockets put themselves in a tough spot by not rebounding well.

 

“But I’m really proud of the girls,” he said. “We were down six points in the fourth quarter (39-33) and they came back to force overtime. Our girls are fighters, they’re so tough. We had a couple mistakes there at the end. We didn’t drop when we should have and let an easy basket win it. But I’m so proud of their effort.”

EC scoring v. Bay: Scheibelhut – 16 // Ri. Schill – 10 // Carandang – 9 // Filiaggi – 6 // Hopkins – 5 // Re. Schill – 1

 

 

Box Scores

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Bay
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Elyria Catholic
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