Elyria Catholic Panthers rout North Ridgeville Rangers in West Shore Conference action

ELYRIA — Whether it was on the scoreboard, rebounding, shooting or ball distribution, Elyria Catholic handled its business Wednesday night.

The Panthers jumped out to a 21-2 lead and ultimately walked away with a 52-12 victory over North Ridgeville at home.

“We came out wanting to be the aggressors against Ridgeville,” Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery said. “We blew a large lead against them earlier in the season, and this time we weren’t going to let it happen again.”

Panthers senior Karissa McGrath took note of what her coach preached about — attacking early. McGrath scored 10 points in the first quarter alone and led the way with 19 for the game. She also grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots.

“While we have grown accustomed to great efforts from Karissa, tonight’s and every single one are much appreciated,” Rothgery said. “She’s just a beast. Great basketball IQ and athleticism that carries over to other sports as well. She finished third in the state in the 4X100 relay.”

Quick and effective ball movement in the frontcourt opened many scoring opportunities for McGrath. Guards Josie Carandang and Brittney McNamara notched 12 and seven points, respectively.

McNamara was a “beast” in her own right on the glass following missed shots, while Carandang repeatedly drove to the basket to score and created chances for her teammates.

“Josie is a freshman and this is her third game starting at the point for us,” Rothgery said. “We couldn’t be happier how she has allowed us to bounce back after some injuries.”

On an off night North Ridgeville still came with noticeable effort and hustle. Coach Amy Esser kept her team’s heads up under tough circumstances.

“We just couldn’t score,” Esser said. “On the few open looks we did get we had some bad bounces. It was just one of those games. A positive thing to take forward is our perimeter defense. We wanted to take away (Brittney) McNamara and their outside game. And I feel like we were able to accomplish that.”

Elyria Catholic moves to 9-2 in the West Shore Conference and an impressive 16-3 record overall.

Elyria Catholic 52, N. Ridgeville 12

West Shore Conference

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Alyssa Riley 1-0 3, Isabella Pecchia 1-1 3, Sammy Shaw 1-0 2, Sam Wiles 1-0 2, Kami Mohler 1-0 2. TOTALS 5-1 12.

ELYRIA CATHOLIC — Karissa McGrath 9-1 19, Josie Carandang 5-2 12, Brittney McNamara 1-5 7, Becky Horvath 0-4 4, Julia Scarpelli 1-0 2, Natalie Tremont 1-0 2, Emily Millar 1-0 2, Erin Herschelman 0-2 2, Margot Novak 0-2 2. TOTALS 18-16 52.

3-POINT GOALS — NR: Riley.

Score By Quarters

N. Ridgeville (5-13, 2-11) 2 3 3 4 — 12

E. Catholic (16-3, 8-2) 21 7 12 12 — 52

Team Statistics

Field Goals — NR 5 of 36 (13 percent), EC 18 of 49 (36 percent).

Free Throws — NR 1 of 6 (17 percent), EC 16 of 20 (80 percent).

Rebounds — NR 20 (Pecchia 13), E 38 (McGrath 12).

Turnovers — NR 22, E 15.

J.V. — North Ridgeville, 19-16.

@MJournalSports

Last Updated: 1/30/2013 11:19:14 PM EST

From the Bleachers

See All