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North Ridgeville Rangers hold off the Vermilion Sailors
North Ridgeville outrebounded Vermilion 38-27 but also turned the ball over twice as much as the Sailors, 20-9.
“Our plan was to make their supporting cast beat us tonight,” North Ridgeville coach Amy Esser said. “We emphasized taking away (Aubree) LaForce. While she still had her moments we also had ours defensively.”
Vermillion was quick out of the gate and on top 15-11 after the first quarter. LaForce knocked down three quick baskets driving to the hoop.
The momentum swung toward the Rangers to start the second when they went on a 10-0 run. The change in momentun was keyed by Isabella Peccia.
The junior had a game-high 16 points and 13 rebounds and let Vermilion know early that points in the paint would not come easy with three blocks in the first half and five for the game.
“Bella has been playing hurt all year, and the way she has responded says a lot about her drive and character,” Esser said.
“Being banged up has led to some up and down moments for her this year, but tonight she was ready to go.”
The Rangers led by three with 1:30 left in the game when North Ridgeville just got in a timeout before being called for a five-second violation.
On the ensuing possession, LaForce stole the ball and knocked down a layup to get within a point. The senior finished with 15 points.
The very next possession LaForce intercepted the upcourt pass from and scored on a layup to give the Sailors the lead.
“She was all over the court and helping everywhere,” Vermilion coach Colin Irish said. “We could’ve hung our heads tonight with some of our bigs being out hurt, but Aubree and this entire team’s heart really showed with the effort tonight.”
Pecchia stepped up in a big way again for her team when she spun in the post and hit a hook shot with 22 seconds left on the clock to go up by one.
The Rangers’ Leah Kindak stole the pass from Vermilion on the next trip upcourt. Alyssa Riley, who contributed 14 points, knocked down two free throws for the three-point lead that proved to be the difference.
“We just wanted to take away the screens and keep the pressure on,” Esser said. “This is a great way to head towards the end of our season, and we’re looking forward to taking this with us into our tournament games.”
North Ridgeville 47, Vermilion 45
West Shore Conference
VERMILION — Aubree LaForce 5-5 15, Ali Kowal 4-2 10, Hannah Bartlome 4-1 9, Kalynn Smith 2-0 4, Ellen Rossi 2-0 4, Madi Bonner 1-1 3. TOTALS 19-9 45.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Isabella Pecchio 7-2 16, Alyssa Riley 5-3 14, Cassie Mattix 3-0 6, Leah Lindak 2-2 6, Jordan Butcher 1-0 3, Kami Mohler 1-0 2. TOTALS 19-7 47.
3-POINT GOALS — NR: Riley, Butcher.
Score By Quarters
Vermilion (12-10, 5-9) 15 5 14 9 — 45
North Ridgeville (6-16, 3-11) 11 13 14 9 — 47
Field Goals — Vermilion 19 of 55 (35 percent), North Ridgeville 19 of 42 (45 percent)
Free Throws — V 9 of 16 (56 percent), NR 7 of 10 (70 percent)
Rebounds — V 27 (Bartlome 8), NR 38 (Pecchia 13).
Turnovers — V 9, NR 20.
J.V. — North Ridgeville, 23-16.
Last Updated: 2/13/2013 11:23:40 PM EST