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High school girls basketball: Panthers win Holiday Classic
Panthers’ junior guard Becky Horvath scored a game-high 16 points, while the defense stifled Lorain’s offense to claim the 2013 Lorain County Holiday Classic with a 56-31 win Saturday at Lorain High School. It is the second time the Panthers have won the Holiday Classic.
“We looked at what they did (Friday) night,” Elyria Catholic Coach Eric Rothgery said. “They (Lorain) looked fast and athletic. They were doing a lot of trapping. We got into the gym this morning and talked about it. I thought they executed pretty well.”
Horvath provided a fair amount of offense for Elyria Catholic (2-0), scoring 12 points in the first half. The defense wasn’t shabby either, limiting Lorain to 16 first-half points and holding a 26-16 lead at the half.
“It all has to do with positioning and how you can find your way open,” Horvath said. “I had some difficulties (Friday), but I feel like once that first shot goes (in) … you are good to go.
“(Winning) the tournament is a big deal for us. The last time Elyria Catholic won this tournament is the team which went to Columbus. This is kind of our start to making our way to Columbus.”
The Panthers opened things up in the third quarter, outscoring the Titans, 18-6, for a 44-24 lead at the end of the third quarter. Josie Carandang (10 points and named to the all-tournament team) scored seven points in the quarter — including a pair of 3’s. Nora Hopkins added a three, while Horvath and Julia Scarpelli each chipped in with four points.
Riley Schill, who was named the tournament’s MVP, scored 10 points and did an outstanding job of breaking Lorain’s zone press with her ballhandling. At least a handful of times, she was able to break it which led to easy baskets for the Panthers.
“I’m really honored to get this (MVP),” Schill said. “I worked really hard in the offseason … I think all of (work) paid off.”
Destiny Wilson, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Lorain (1-1) with 11 points. Angelique Flores and Onyx Lopez each added seven.
In the consolation game, Elyria erased an 11-point deficit early in the third quarter with a suffocating defense and opportunistic offense en route to a 55-44 win over Keystone. The win is the first one for first year Coach Brian Arth.
Sybil Roseboro, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the Pioneers (1-1) with 20 points, while the Pioneers forced 20 Wildcats turnovers in the second half.
Shayla Middlebrooks and Meaira Williams each added eight points. CiCi McIntosh scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter.
Keystone (0-2) was led by freshman McKenah Peters with 18 points. She scored 14 of them in the first half to give the Wildcats a 29-18 lead at the half. For her efforts, Peters was named to the all-tournament team.
Last Updated: 11/23/2013 11:20:02 PM EST