MEDINA — The last time the Medina girls basketball team was this good, current Bees coach Karen Kase was a starter in 1992-93 and 1993-94.
After a 64-23 non-league win over Copley on Monday, the 2018-19 team became the fifth in school history to win 19 games and first since 1994.
“I’m really, really proud to be on both that team as a player and in leading this team as a coach,” Kase said. “The similarities are that both teams were such good groups of people and so fun. I can see a lot of similarities in my former teammates and these girls. There’s a lot of parallels.
“The differences are that it’s a lot harder as a coach, but I’m so proud of them. I don’t really bring that up in that was the sense of my time, but they know. They’re well aware. I showed them a poster on the history of our program and who had the best record and least losses and we’re right up there.”
While Kase may not pat herself on the back for her accomplishments during her high school days, the Bees (19-2) know how special the 2008 Medina County Sports Hall of Famer was, which is why there were nothing but smiles after the win over the Indians (3-18).
“It’s awesome. We’ve worked really hard this season to get to this point, but we feel we’re not done yet,” Medina center Lindsey Linard said. “We have one more regular-season game left (Wednesday at home vs. Wooster), and we’re excited to see what we can accomplish.
“We try not to compare ourselves, but we know she was on a great (1992-93) team and that we have the chance to live up to that, too, so it’s a cool feeling. It’s making history for our school and our city. The feeling that we can represent Medina in that way is so cool.”
After winning their first 18 games then falling in Greater Cleveland Conference games to Brunswick and Solon, the Bees turned things around in a big way against Copley.
Linard (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Madison Luthy (10, 6) led a team that saw 12 players score.
“It’s absolutely amazing to be in the same area as our coach, because we know she was a pretty good athlete in high school and that team is just amazing,” Luthy said. “It’s awesome to say we have 19 wins and we’re still going. We still have more games to play.”
The difference against the Indians was defensively. The Bees put together a 27-point third quarter and were a collective stone wall when they didn’t have the ball.
Beneficiaries of a 57-24 edge on the boards, Medina never let Copley score more than eight points in a quarter and held the Indians to a three-point third.
It didn’t matter which one of the 16 players played for the Bees, either, as Copley never made more than three baskets in a quarter and shot 7-for-50.
Included in that were scoring droughts of 8:14 and 5:59.
“Defense was definitely a big key for us tonight, especially in that second half,” Luthy said. “We picked it up and got the spots. They only scored nine points in the second half, which was awesome.”
The Medina junior varsity held Copley to only three first-half points in a 57-17 win. Hailey Tripp led the Bees with 16 points.
Medina 64, Copley 23
COPLEY 6 8 3 6 — 23
MEDINA 14 15 27 8 — 64
Copley — Paige Brenner 1-0-2, Caitlin Farkas 0-3-3, Emily Dente 1-0-3, Lexi Heap 1-0-2, Emma Brown 4-3-13, Aisha Pollard 0-0-0. TOTALS: 7-6-23.
Medina — Madison Luthy 4-0-10, Abby McMullen 3-2-8, Erin Wojciak 2-0-4, Katie Neate 2-1-6, Alexa Nau 1-0-3, Lindsey Linard 4-4-12, Elizabeth Stuart 2-0-6, Haley Letner 0-0-0, Mia Buzzelli 0-0-0, Rowan McDonald 2-1-5, Sarah McKee 2-0-4, Angela Piloseno 1-0-2, Hailey Seguin 1-0-2, Olivia Bowser 1-0-2, Shannan Wojciak 0-0-0, Molly Zabielski 0-0-0. TOTALS: 25-8-64.
3-point goals — Brown 2, Dente, Stuart 2, Luthy 2, Nau, Neate. Rebounds — Copley 24 (Brenner 12), Medina 57 (Linard, McKee 8). Assists — Copley 5 (Brenner 2), Medina 18 (Nau 4). Records — Copley (3-18), Medina (19-2). Junior varsity — Medina 57, Copley 17.