MEDINA — A much bigger enrollment and much bigger players resulted in a very big non-league victory for the Medina girls basketball team.
A small Division II school with a 10-player roster made up of not very tall girls, Keystone did the best it could Wednesday but fell 60-32 to the Division I Bees, who have five players who stand at least 5-foot-10 on their 15-player roster.
“When you’ve got that kind of size, that’s certainly a huge benefit,” Wildcats coach Scott Terry said. “And they have it all positions. It’s tough. We certainly didn’t match up well with them, but I liked the way the girls battled. They didn’t give up.”
Bigger, taller and longer Medina (7-3) finished with a whopping 33-15 edge on the boards. The Bees also executed very well against the Wildcats’ 2-3 zone, passing for 22 assists on 27 field goals. Keystone (3-4) had assists on 90 percent of its hoops but made just 10 shots.
“One of the things we take pride in as a team is we all want each other to score,” said Medina senior backup point guard Olivia Gordon, who had seven points, four boards and three assists. “We know each other and we know our spots.
“We’re really a selfless team and we’re so supportive of each other. It doesn’t matter who scores, only that we score. That makes us really versatile. We don’t have just one option, we have 15 options.”
Up 18-5 after the first period, 35-14 at the half and 52-21 after three quarters, Medina did a great job spreading the wealth, as 11 of the 15 players who saw action got into the scoring column and 14 recorded at least a rebound or assist.
Freshman Sarah McKee came off the bench to lead the Bees with 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting, while senior power forward Emma Bobey had 11 points on 5-for-6 and five boards.
Klara Bergholtz, an exchange student from Sweden who speaks Swedish, English and Spanish, had her best game of the season with six points and a game-high 11 rebounds, point guard Alexa Nau had five points and four assists, freshman reserve Alysen Dwyer had six points and four assists and guard Abby McMullen had three boards and a game-high six assists.
“We’re one of the tallest teams in the (Greater Cleveland) conference,” Gordon said. “We recognize that advantage and try to capitalize on it. Our goal is to attack and finish or kick it out for open shots.”
Keystone, which has one player suspended, one injured and two playing at less than 100 percent, went just eight deep and finished the game 10-for-34 from the field (.294).
Aggressive point guard Valeri Broschk led the Wildcats with eight points, three boards and five assists, while shooting guard Madi Herrington added eight points. Autumn Acord, who hit her team’s first bucket in the junior varsity game and started the nightcap, had five rebounds.
“We have a hard time putting the ball in the hole,” Terry said. “Hopefully, that’s something we can improve on down the line, because you can only get so many stops. But Medina’s a good team. You’re hoping you get better playing better competition.”
The Bees, who learned minutes before taking the floor that they wouldn’t have to return from winter break because school was canceled today and Friday, shot a solid 27-for-57 from the field (.474).
“It was loud,” Gordon said of the team’s pregame locker room celebration. “We were screaming. I’m glad we kept the intensity after we found out we didn’t have school.”
Freshmen Elizabeth Stuart and Shannon Wojciak had 13 points apiece as Medina cruised to a 49-7 victory over Keystone in the junior varsity game.
l The Bees beat Lorain 39-37 in the freshman game. Regan Todia and Morgan Hallock had 13 points each for Medina.
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Medina 60, Keystone 32
KEYSTONE 5 9 7 11 — 32
MEDINA 18 17 17 8 — 60
Keystone — Autumn Acord 1-1-3, Shelby Fortune 1-0-3, Peyton Halleen 1-1-3, Madi Herrington 3-0-8, Valeri Broschk 2-3-8, Ashley Buttolph 0-0-0, Taylor Stefan 1-2-4, Grace Baracskai 1-1-3. TOTALS: 10-8-32.
Medina — Madison Luthy 1-0-2, Emma Bobey 5-1-11, Lindsey Linard 1-2-4, Abby McMullen 0-0-0, Alexa Nau 2-0-5, Olivia Gordon 3-0-7, Sarah McKee 6-0-12, Klara Bergholtz 3-0-6, Alysen Dwyer 3-0-6, Mia Buzzelli 0-0-0, Elizabeth Stuart 1-0-3, Erin Wojciak 1-0-2, Hailey Sequin 1-0-2, Angela Piloseno 0-0-0, Haley Letner 0-0-0. TOTALS: 27-3-60.
3-point goals — Herrington 2, Fortune, Broschk, Gordon, Nau, Stuart. Rebounds — Keystone 15 (Acord 5), Medina 33 (Bergholtz 11). Assists — Keystone 9 (Broschk 5), Medina 22 (McMullen 6). Records — Keystone (3-4), Medina (7-3). Junior varsity — Medina 49, Keystone 7.