Lake Ridge Royals nod first district title (Basketball Roundup)

After a few years of turmoil at Lake Ridge, the Royals have emerged with their first district championship, routing Mapleton 48-28 in the Division IV Creston District Final on Saturday.

Lake Ridge (22-3) relied on its stout defense which had only allowed 50 points combined in its first two games of the tournament as it shut down the Mounties, holding them to just 25 percent shooting from the floor.

“Defense has been our big, strong point all year,” Lake Ridge first-year coach Lisa Medvetz said. “We do have an athletic group of girls, and defense takes some attitude and some effort. I think the girls have instilled that within themselves. They come out every game and we try to give them a goal to hold teams under (a certain amount) almost every game. They’ve done a good job with that.”

Sydney Clark led the way for the Royals with 14 points. Selena Benz scored 11 and Kyndall Wellons added nine, as the Royals spread the offensive wealth around against the Mounties’ zone defense.

“We’ve pretty much had a balance all year with scoring,” Medvetz said. “It was pretty much whoever had the hot hand or whoever’s attacking, that’s who we go to. But we do have a well spread of girls who attack the hoop. They aren’t afraid to shoot the ball. It’s just a matter of them executing, making smart decisions and taking the right shots. Sydney did a good job of that tonight.”

Lake Ridge got off to a low start, but took control of the game in the second quarter as it outscored Mapleton 15-4 in the second quarter.

The win was a little more satistfying for the Royals not just because it was their first district title, but it comes after the team was banned from the postseason the previous two years.

“It’s a good feeling, moreso for the girls because of what they’ve been through the last couple of years,” Medvetz said.

The Royals will play Berlin Hiland on Thursday at Massillon Perry High School at 8 p.m. in the Division IV Massillon Regional Semifinal.

Sycamore Mohawk 55, St. Paul 35: The Flyers run in the state tournament came to an end as they fell to Sycamore Mohawk in the Division IV Lexington District Final.

Allie Fitzgerald led St. Paul with 10 points, and Arlayna Newcomer and Bella Stoll each added six for the Flyers.

St. Paul fell behind 18-5 in the first quarter and could not make up enough ground. The Flyers end the season with a record of 16-9.

Boys Basketball

Rocky River 56, Vermilion 46: The Sailors fell in their third meeting with the Pirates in a Division II Westlake Sectional Final.

Vermilion trailed by five at halftime, 28-23, but could never make up the deficit in the second half.

The Sailors finish the year with a record of 14-10.

Columbia 60, Kirtland 49: Jay Banyasz had an outstanding came for the Raiders as they won the Division III Painesville Sectional Championship over the Hornets.

Banyasz had 16 points, seven rebounds, eight steals and six assists to pace the Raiders (23-1). Zach Stopper scored a team-high 25 points for Columbia in the win.

The Raiders trailed at the half 29-28, but outscored Kirtland 17-7 to assume control of the game.

Next up for Columbia is a game against Gilmour Academy on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Gilmour advanced by beating Lutheran West 61-43 earlier in the night.



Lake Ridge 48, Mapleton 28

Division IV Creston District Final

MAPLETON — Sydney Wilder 1-0-2, Jerrica Smith 2-0-4, Allison Frymier 1-1-3, Hannah Krause 2-0-4, Leslie Rogers 1-0-2, Jessie Vance 3-2-9, Shannon Boehm 1-0-2, Shelbi Gregg 0-2-2. TOTALS 11-5 28.

LAKE RIDGE — Selena Benz 5-1-11, Kyndall Wellons 4-1-9, Sharday Baines 3-0-6, Cioyna McIntosh 1-0-2, Sydney Clark 6-2-14, Monet Saunders 3-0-6. TOTALS 22-4 48.

3-POINT GOALS — M: Vance; LR: None.

Score By Quarters

Mapleton 4 4 13 7 — 28

Lake Ridge (22-3) 7 15 16 10 — 48

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Mapleton 11-44 (25 percent), Lake Ridge 22-47 (47 percent).

Free Throws — M 5-8 (62 percent), LR 4-6 (67 percent).

Rebounds — M 33, LR 27.

Turnovers — M 17, LR 9.

Mohawk 55, St. Paul 35

Division VI Lexington District

MOHAWK — Trusty 3-4 10, Runion 6-2 17, Parker 0-1 1, J. Adlesperger 5-1 13, C. Adlesperger 1-0 2, Mctlain 1-0 2, Cleveland 1-0 2, S. Parker 4-0 8. TOTALS 21-8 55.

ST. PAUL — Bella Stoll 2-2 6, Elise Nickoli 1-0 2, Arlana Newcomer 2-2 6, Erin Kramer 2-0 5, Lydia Ott 1-0 2, Allie Fitzgerald 4-2 10, Emily Thaneler 1-0 2, Sabrina Schaffer 1-0 2. TOTALS 14-5 35.

3-POINT GOALS — M: Runion (3), J. Adlesperger (2); SP: Stoll, Kramer.

Score By Quarters

Mohawk 18 12 19 6 — 55

St. Paul (16-9) 5 14 7 9 — 35

Team Statistics

Free Throws — St. Paul 5 of 12 (42 percent), Mohawk 8 of 12 (67 percent).



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Last Updated: 3/2/2013 11:32:19 PM EST

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