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Lisa Wangler powers Cloverleaf into district final

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    Cloverleaf's Lisa Wangler scores over Holy Name defender Becky Styers in the fourth quarter.


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    Cloverleaf's Lisa Wangler (middle) shares a hug with Mckenna Jordan (L) and Elizabeth Cooper after the Colts defeated Holy Name 55-47.


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    Cloverleaf's Mckenna Jordan and Maddie Boltz sandwich Holy Name's Nicole Sabol as they battle for a rebound in the first half.



ELYRIA — The Cloverleaf girls basketball team has always known about the beast lurking inside.

Her name is Lisa Wangler.

On Monday, the senior power forward let it out to play and the top-seeded Colts pulled away for a 55-47 win over fourth-seeded Holy Name in an Elyria Division II District semifinal.

The win puts Cloverleaf (22-2) in its first district final in eight years and third in school history. The Colts will play second-seeded Bay (16-8), a 58-46 winner over Clearview, on Thursday.

“Lisa was amazing,” Cloverleaf coach John Carmigiano said. “She carried us on our back for a long time until we got settled into what we do best.

“She was in the right place at the right time always. She knows she can clean up our misses. We’re not an outside shooting team. She made sure she made the other team pay with offensive rebounds and the putbacks.”

Wangler did that all night against the Green Wave (10-14), logging career highs in points (25) and rebounds (18).

What’s more, the 5-foot-11 Wangler did it with proficiency, finishing 11-for-15 from the floor with nine offensive and nine defensive rebounds.

“Lisa has always had that in her,” Colts guard Helaina Limas said. “That’s what I talk about the most. Teams really can’t faceguard me or faceguard any one of us because there’s so many people on this team that are capable of doing great things. If they try to take me or anybody else away, Lisa plays like I know she can.”

Trailing 27-25 at intermission, Wangler scored 11 third-quarter points to put Cloverleaf up four.

“I’ve never seen that before from Lisa in a game, but I definitely knew she had it in her,” Cloverleaf center Mckenna Jordan said. “She always works really hard in practice and puts in the effort. We knew she could do it and tonight she showed it.”

Effort was the key to Cloverleaf, which also picked up solid performances from Limas (13 points, 7 rebounds) and Jordan (11, 13), as the trio accounted for 38 rebounds.

That effort ensured the demise of the Green Wave, which focused on keeping Limas from beating it.

“We’re so strong inside with two great posts that just are really physical,” Carmigiano said. “We know when our guards aren’t able to do what they usually do that we can really count on them to rebound the basketball and make some easy shots.

“(Wangler) was huge. (Jordan) was huge at times. It was just a nice all-around effort where everyone picked each other up.”

That was evident in the fourth quarter, when Holy Name closed to within one with 5:17 remaining. The Colts went on an 11-0 run and joined the 1992 and 2010 teams as district finalists.

While it’s happy to play the Rockets, which hasn’t been to a district final since 2015, Cloverleaf has its sights on loftier goals.

“We were really hoping, like we said in practice, to get that district win,” Wangler said. “We’ve got the conference win to put numbers on the banner. We want to put the second numbers on there for district.”

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Cloverleaf 55, Holy Name 47

Elyria Division II District Semifinal

CLOVERLEAF 8 17 13 17 — 55

HOLY NAME 5 22 7 13 — 47

Cloverleaf — Bri Gallagher 0-4 0-0 0, Lisa Wangler 11-15 3-6 25, Mckenna Jordan 5-13 1-1 11, Helaina Limas 5-15 3-3 13, Cameron Tripp 0-5 0-0 0, Maddie Boltz 1-2 0-0 2, Jenna Oliver 1-3 2-2 4. TOTALS: 23-57 9-12 55.

Holy Name — Brooke Kowalski 6-13 1-2 13, Molly Searles 5-14 4-6 14, Nicole Sabol 4-10 0-0 8, Meaghan Vrabel 1-3 0-0 2, Destiny Jackson 2-11 1-2 5, Grace Abraham 0-1 0-0 0, Becky Styers 2-10 0-0 5, Celia Rivera 0-0 0-0 0, Skyler Crane 0-3 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20-65 6-10 47.

3-point goals — Cloverleaf 0-4 (Tripp 0-4), Holy Name 1-14 (Styers 1-7, Searles 0-5, Sabol 0-1, Crane 0-1). Rebounds — Cloverleaf 42 (Wangler 18), Holy Name 32 (Sabol 12). Assists — Cloverleaf 14 (Gallagher 4), Holy Name 14 (Jackson 7). Turnovers — Cloverleaf 19 (Tripp 5), Holy Name 17 (Kowalski 7). Total fouls — Cloverleaf 13, Holy Name 15. Fouled out — None. Records — Cloverleaf (22-2), Holy Name (10-14).

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