MEDINA — The Medina girls basketball team used familiar faces and a new one Wednesday to hold off Ashland 49-43.
Emma Bobey, Amanda Holzman, Delaney Cullen and freshman Lindsey Linard controlled the paint in the non-league game, as the Bees bounced back from a season-opening 61-36 loss to reigning Division III regional finalist Chippewa.
“We told them this was a bounce-back game,” Medina coach Karen Kase said. “Saturday was not the kind of start that we wanted. We needed to be prepared mentally and physically, and I think we were.”
The four players made impacts at various points to help the Bees overcome a 37-34 fourth quarter deficit against the Arrows (0-2).
Combining for 34 points, 27 rebounds and nine blocks, they keyed a 2-3 zone that gave Ashland fits for the majority of the night and helped the Bees outrebound the Arrows 42-23.
Bobey (16 points, 7 rebounds) kicked-started the Medina rally with a basket and split free throws.
“I had to bring a lot of energy to bring our bench back into it,” Bobey said. “We feed off a lot of energy, so I had to go into ‘beast mode’ and get our teammates back in the game.”
The junior post was the offensive rally point for Medina.
She pulled her squad out in front in the third quarter by making 3-of-4 free throws, answering consecutive 3-pointers by Ashland.
Holzman (9 points) was a force on the glass with a game-high 11 rebounds and sparked the Bees with selfless play in the fourth quarter.
“We just have to come out and play no matter what,” Holzman said. “Whenever a game gets close, we know we have to the bigger team. We have to go out there and make the hustle plays to succeed.”
The senior had three critical offensive rebounds down the stretch and made 4-of-4 free throws in the final quarter.
With Bobey and Holzman leading the way, Medina was 17-for-25 from the line. Bobey hit 8-of-10 and Holzman 5-of-8.
“Very, very proud (of the free throw shooting),” Kase said. “Some of these girls would not have made those shots last year. Katie (Neate) and Amanda, they were crucial to be able to make them.”
Cullen (7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals) had four boards in the fourth and was among a group of seniors challenged by Kase to step up.
Linard came off the bench, had eight blocks and was solid in the middle of the defense. The 6-foot-1 freshman challenged shots and forced the Arrows to fire from distance.
“She has the length and is able to time it the right way,” Kase said. “It is an intimidating presence. I thought she was ready for us defensively all along because of her height and abilities.”
With the zone working, only Ashland senior Katie Kennedy was able to consistently knock down shots. Kennedy led all scorers with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-5 from behind the arc.
Medina held Ashland to 30 percent (16-for-53) from the floor.
Medina won the junior varsity game 23-18. Freshman Avaya Bell led the Bees with 12.
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Medina 49, Ashland 43
ASHLAND 6 16 13 8 — 43
MEDINA 14 13 7 15 — 49
Ashland — Kourtney Burke 2-0-5, Katie Kennedy 7-2-20, Tylah Cline 0-1-1, Kylie Radebaugh 4-0-9, Alyssa Steury 3-0-7, Samantha Webb 0-0-0, Maddie White 0-1-1, Tayler Acker 0-0-0. TOTALS: 16-4-43.
Medina — Delaney Cullen 2-1-7, Amanda Holzman 2-5-9, Emma Bobey 4-8-16, Anna Marie Smith 3-1-8, Katie Neate 0-2-2, Lindsey Linard 1-0-2, Alexa Nau 0-0-0, Abby Teske 2-0-5, Madison Luthy 0-0-0, Abby McMullen 0-0-0, Payton Beech 0-0-0. TOTALS: 14-17-49.
3-point goals — Kennedy 4, Burke, Radebaugh, Steury, Cullen 2, Smith, Teske. Rebounds — Ashland 23 (Cline 8), Medina 42 (Holzman 11), Assists — Ashland 9 (Radebaugh 3), Medina 11 (Neate 4). Records — Medina (1-1), Ashland (0-2). Junior varsity — Medina 23, Ashland 18.