YORK TWP. — Angela Fink and Kylee Batey were AAU teammates three years ago but found themselves on opposite squads for their final prep game in Medina County.
Fink collected team highs of 10 points, four rebounds and three steals Tuesday in leading the Light to a 53-47 victory over the Dark at the 30th annual Hoopla! Medina County Senior All-Star Game presented by the Brunswick Rotary.
Brunswick point guard Fink earned MVP honors, while Wadsworth shooting guard Batey led all players with 18 points in a competitive, fundamentally solid contest.
“It was nice to play with Angela again, even though we were on opposing teams,” said Batey, who also had six rebounds and three assists. “That’s what this game is really all about, getting to know girls from other schools that we don’t usually see during the season.
“When everyone gets together in the same gym, it’s obvious that there are a lot of good players in Medina County.”
Batey set the tone on the opening possession when she held strong in the lane and absorbed a charge from Fink. Both competitors spent much of the night running their offenses in half-court sets, where Fink was knocked to the ground multiple times and Batey suffered a bloody nose.
Lake Erie College signee Fink put the Light up for good at 14-13 with a layup in the second quarter, then made back-to-back fastbreak hoops in the third to extend the lead to its high-water mark at 36-22.
Medina point guard Alexa Nau and Bees shooting guard Madison Luthy provided the assists on Fink’s consecutive buckets that essentially locked up the win for the team, which also included players from Buckeye.
“It was really great to play with all these girls that we’ve had such a rivalry with over the years,” Fink said. “Being on the same team with Medina was really cool, and it was a lot of fun to be back on the court with my Brunswick girls and some former AAU teammates.”
Nau, who had three points and three assists, shared the backcourt with Fink for two club seasons. Bees coach Karen Kase reunited them in her starting lineup, where their chemistry was obvious and immediate.
“We always clicked on the court as two point guards playing off each other’s strengths,” Fink said. “It was great to rekindle that.”
Medina small forward Abby McMullen had eight points and five rebounds, while Brunswick shooting guard Natalie Galaida scored nine points on three 3-pointers. Luthy had eight points and four boards and Blue Devils center Anna Krizsa chipped in six points and four rebounds.
Bees point guard Katie Neate added three points and two assists as Norwalk Division I Regional semifinalist Medina had its selections combine for 24 points, 13 boards and six assists with just two turnovers.
“I’ve played with Katie, Madison and Abby since third grade, and we always complemented each other on the court because we’re not selfish players,” Nau said. “I’m grateful to have been selected for this game and for the chance to play one last time for Coach Kase. Having so many of our teammates here cheering us on made it a really special night.”
Grizzlies power forward Allison Elchlinger also was in MVP contention with eight points, a game-high 13 rebounds and four assists. Cloverleaf shooting guard Maddie Boltz scored 10 points.
In the 3-point contest, Medina sophomore Elizabeth Stuart upset county record holder Galaida 20-19 in the final. The sharpshooters each scored 38 points in the two-round showdown.
“I just tried to keep focused and not worry about the time on the clock,” said Stuart, whose decisive make came on the second-to-last ball. “Winning a 3-point championship is a great feeling because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m very proud of myself for being here as a sophomore.”
- There were two buzzer-beaters as McMullen scored on a drive in the second and Boltz buried a 40-footer as time expired in the fourth.
- Medina County Sports Hall of Famer Kase played in the 1995 edition of “Hoopla” in the same gym. One night earlier, she coached in the WTCBCA game at Norton.
Light 53, Dark 47
DARK 10 9 10 18 — 47
LIGHT 12 16 13 12 — 53
Dark — Colleen Flannery (Highland) 1-1 0-0 2, Summer Merry (Black River) 1-2 0-0 3, Mckenna Jordan (Cloverleaf) 1-3 0-0 2, Kylee Batey (Wadsworth) 6-18 4-5 18, Bailey Freeland (Cloverleaf) 0-2 0-0 0, Grace Channel (Black River) 1-4 0-0 2, Jenna Oliver (Cloverleaf) 1-2 0-0 2, Maddie Boltz (Cloverleaf) 3-14 2-4 10, Allison Elchlinger (Wadsworth) 3-9 2-4 8. TOTALS: 17-55 8-13 47.
Light — Abby McMullen (Medina) 3-10 2-2 8, Gabby Glancy (Buckeye) 1-6 0-0 2, Anna Krizsa (Brunswick) 2-3 2-3 6, Angela Fink (Brunswick) 5-8 0-0 10, Alexa Nau (Medina) 1-2 0-0 3, Natalie Galaida (Brunswick) 3-6 0-0 9, Maddy Ramicone (Brunswick) 1-3 0-0 2, Elizabeth Whetstone (Buckeye) 1-6 0-0 2, Tatum Widenmeyer (Buckeye) 0-3 0-0 0, Katie Neate (Medina) 1-3 0-0 3, Madison Luthy (Medina) 3-9 2-2 8. TOTALS: 21-59 6-7 53.
3-point goals — Dark 5-20 (Batey 2-6, Boltz 2-8, Merry 1-2, Jordan 0-1, Freeland 0-1, Channel 0-1, Elchlinger 0-1), Light 5-27 (Galaida 3-5, Nau 1-2, Neate 1-3, Fink 0-1, Ramicone 0-1, Widenmeyer 0-2, Luthy 0-2, Glancy 0-3, Whetstone 0-3, McMullen 0-5). Rebounds — Dark 38 (Elchlinger 13), Light 32 (McMullen 5). Assists — Dark 9 (Elchlinger 4), Light 14 (Fink 4). Coaches — Dark: James Madison (Highland), Light: Karen Kase (Medina). 3-point contest — Final: Elizabeth Stuart (Medina) def. Natalie Galaida (Brunswick) 20-19. First round: Galaida 19, Stuart 18, Maddy Ramicone (Brunswick) 9, Madison Luthy (Medina) 7.
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