Wednesday December 4th–Black River 63 Brookside 44
It was the first game in the newly formed Lorain County 8 Conference, and the Pirates took it to us from the tip, pulling away at the end for an big win. Afterwards, the coaches were frustrated, the kids were mad, and we had to take the long bus ride home in frustration.
Before the new year, each player was given an index card to make some “New Years Resolutions” –they were to set some goals, not just for themselves, but for the team. Almost every member of the team said they wanted to do whatever it took to beat Black River when the time came. Well that time came, and the squad showed that they had worked hard and improved to the point where we beat the Pirates 45-42 on January 15th.
This game was close all the way, with neither team ever leading by more than seven. Sophomore Shyanne Shinsky had 7 of her 11 points in the second quarter, including a three pointer as time wound down to give the Cards a 25-20 lead at the break. The key play of the third quarter actually came at the very end, as Junior Captain Sarah Torres made an excellent pass ahead to a speedy Jelene Williams. The Senior fellow Captain laid the ball in the basket as time expired and Brookside had its biggest lead of the night, 33-26 after 3 quarters. The pirates stormed back to start the fourth quarter, scoring the first 5 with a banked three pointer (their second banked 3 of the night) and a steal to cut the lead to two just 30 seconds in. Torres hit her first 3 pointer of the night to give the Cards some breathing room, but Sara Kozik from the Sullivan squad hit one of her own to keep things close. The Pirates actually got the game tied on a three pointer from Lydia Wacker with under 2 minutes to play, bu the Cards did not panic. A loose ball picked up by super sophomore Maddie Adams led to a timeout Brookside with less than 30 seconds to go. Great execution by sophomore Savanah Walls and classmate Shyanne Shinsky set up a wide open look for Torres, who drilled her second 3 of the period on her way to a ten point night. Black River got a quick score, but Williams nailed two free throws to seal the deal for the big win. With the victory, the ladies improve to 5-9 on the year, and 2-6 in conference play. Attached are the highlights from the game for the Cardinals.
Scoring on the night:
Sarah Torres 3-2-10
Adrianna Mihalak 0-1-1
Madison Adams 3-0-6
Jelene Williams 4-4-12
Shyanne Shinsky 4-2-11
Savanah Walls 2-1-5