NORTON — No one will remember the final score.
In a year or two, few will remember that Stow’s Lexi Petit lit the scoreboard up in the second half Monday to lift the Summit All-Stars to a 68-56 win over the Medina/Suburban All-Stars in a Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game.
What they’ll remember Monday is the seniors got to lace them up.
“It was a lot of fun to put the jersey back on,” said Wadsworth guard Kylee Batey, who finished with a team-high 16 points to go along with a rebound and two assists. “I actually hadn’t unpacked my jersey from the Canton McKinley game. I just didn’t want it to end. If I unpacked it, that would have meant my season was over. To get out here in a no-pressure situation was fun. We got to play Stow again, and we were either going to win again or lose again and it didn’t really matter.”
It was also a way for Batey and Mia Busson (7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) to forget about the 54-32 Medina District final loss to Canton McKinley.
This was all about filling the net in a game that wasn’t decided until late in the fourth quarter.
The game featured nine lead changes and four ties, showing how entertaining things were for Medina/Suburban coach Karen Kase and her team.
That attitude went throughout the squad, which had no problems dishing 17 assists or grabbing 45 rebounds.
“It definitely was something special just to get out in the jerseys and play with some of the best girls in the area and have them as your teammates,” Busson said. “It was just a fun game with not a lot of pressure. It makes it a lot more fun when it’s competitive like it was. We were getting after it. It really didn’t matter who won at the end of the day. It was nice to end the season well.”
Petit drained back-to-back threes late in the third quarter to help Summit pick up the victory. Medina/Suburban led 19-18 after one quarter and trailed 34-29 and 51-48 at the end of the second and third.
Petit (15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Twinsburg’s Kydnall Hill (8 points, 8 rebounds) and Norton’s Kelsey Hosey (11, 7) turned up the pressure and held their opponent to eight fourth-quarter points.
“It was really special, especially since I played with a lot of the girls on my team,” Medina guard Alexa Nau said. “I played AAU with them and even in travel leagues when we were in fourth and fifth grade. It’s really cool.
“To play with (Medina teammates) Madison Luthy and Abby McMullen with Coach Kase as our coach one more time was very special. The game was really cool because it pushes you to get better. It was a good level of competition.”
Summit 68, Medina/Suburban 56
MEDINA/SUBURBAN 19 10 19 8 — 56
SUMMIT 18 16 17 17 — 68
Medina/Suburban — Grace Hete 1-0-2, Madison Luthy 0-0-0, Mckenna Jordan 1-0-2, Casey Quinn 2-0-5, Kylee Batey 7-1-16, Alexa Nau 2-0-4, Mia Busson 3-1-7, Taylor Rinn 4-1-9, Alivia Hamric 0-0-0, Maddi Boltz 1-0-3, Sophie Shifferly 1-0-3, Abby McMullen 2-0-5. TOTALS: 24-3-56.
Summit — Kelsey Hosey 5-0-11, Emma Messina 3-0-9, Kyndall Hill 4-0-8, Kelsey Glass 1-0-3, Bryana Housley 0-0-0, Emily Andrassy 5-2-12, Sion Williams 1-0-3, Lizzy Stefanov 3-1-7, Lexi Petit 6-0-15. TOTALS: 28-3-68.
3-point goals — Batey 2, Shifferly, Boltz, McMullen, Messina 3, Petit 3, Hosey, Glass, Williams, Rebounds — Medina/Suburban 45 (Rinn 8), Summit 38 (Hill 8). Assists — Medina/Suburban 17 (Luthy 3), Summit 18 (Andrassy 5).