WOOSTER — The Brunswick girls basketball team knew it had to stop playing Wooster’s game.
That change, combined with determination from forward Maddy Ramicone, made the fifth-seeded Blue Devils 61-51 victors over the fourth-seeded Generals in a Medina Division I Sectional final.
“(Ramicone) is having one great senior year,” Brunswick coach Anthony Ocacio said. “She does everything for us. She shoots the basketball and we put Maddy on the other team’s best ballhandler or scorer. She’s been tremendous, and that’s a typical Maddy performance for us. She comes out and takes her assignments and locks into the game plan.”
Ramicone scored 12 points in the second half to match point guard Angela Fink with a team-high 14. Ramicone also tied center Anna Krizsa for the team high with seven rebounds.
Nearly every basket Ramicone hit seemed to be impactful, and with 5ﾽ minutes left in the third quarter, she drained a smooth step-back jumper above the free throw line that gave Brunswick (14-9) a 32-31 lead.
The basket sparked a 12-3 run that put the Blue Devils ahead for good. The run peaked with back-to-back three-point plays, first by Ramicone and then by forward Kelsie Gaiser.
“I knew I needed to step up and help the team out,” Ramicone said. “Run the floor, get as many looks as I could and take my opportunity.”
Wooster (16-5) did not go quietly, as center Stephanie Smith (20 points, 14 rebounds) scored six points in a quarter-ending 8-3 run that brought the game to 45-42. Point guard Sydney Clapp (16 points) closed the period with a 3-pointer on her way to 16 points.
Krizsa was forced to sit the last five minutes of the first half after picking up her third foul and then sat for five minutes over the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth following her fourth foul. After Smith and wing Daisha Brown scored to cut the Blue Devils’ lead to 52-48, Krizsa came back.
“When Anna got into foul trouble, we had to go to our bench and go to other girls in our rotation, and I thought they did a very good job of sticking to the game plan,” Ocacio said. “I knew their big was going to get her points, but I thought she worked really hard for them.”
Krizsa’s return set off a 9-3 game-ending run and strong defensive effort, concluding a seven-turnover quarter. Meanwhile, Fink and shooting guard Natalie Galaida combined to go 7-for-10 from the foul line to seal a district semifinal meeting with top-seeded Canton McKinley on Monday at Medina.
“(The key) was our transition game,” said Fink, who had a game-high six assists. “We knew coming in to the game that we were going to run on them and some of our players were faster than them. We knew that we could get open layups and we did in transition.”
Galaida scored eight of her 10 points over the final six minutes of the game. The diminutive guard also pulled down six rebounds.
Brunswick 61, Wooster 51
Medina Division I Sectional Final
BRUNSWICK 14 12 19 16 — 61
WOOSTER 15 9 18 9 — 51
Brunswick – Kelsie Gaiser 3-1-7, Maddy Ramicone 6-1-14, Anna Krizsa 2-0-5, Natalie Galaida 3-4-10, Angela Fink 5-3-14, Jordyn Wickes 1-1-3, Sammy Grabowski 3-0-8, Morgan Novicky 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23-10-61.
Wooster — Daisha Brown 3-0-7, Ravin Morgan 3-0-6, Stephanie Smith 6-8-20, Anna Cichello 1-0-2, Sydney Clapp 6-1-16, Anna Zerrer 0-0-0, Audrey Van Lieu 0-0-0. TOTALS: 19-9-51.
3-point goals — Grabowski 2, Ramicone, Fink, Krizsa, Clapp 3, Brown. Rebounds — Wooster 33 (Smith 14), Brunswick 30 (Ramicone, Krizsa 7). Assists — Brunswick 11 (Fink 6), Wooster 6 (Clapp 2). Records — Brunswick (14-9), Wooster (16-5).