Updated: 10:34 p.m., Elmwood girls beat Genoa in district semifinal (2-28-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jordan Cravens Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:01
Elmwood's Brittany George (left) sprints down the court with the ball as Genoa's Katie Jensen gaurds. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
TOLEDO — The Elmwood girls basketball team is playing for a district championship on Saturday.
The Royals, 21-3 overall, used timely shooting, aggressive rebounding, and strong defense to defeat Genoa 48-33 in a Division III district semifinal at Toledo Central Catholic High School Tuesday. They will play Liberty-Benton (19-5) at Central Catholic at 3 p.m. Saturday. PHOTO GALLERY
The win also marked the 300th victory in Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds’ career. Reynolds has coached boys and girls basketball at Hopewell-Loudon and Elmwood.
Leading 24-21, the Royals put up a stronghold on defense in the second half and held Genoa (8-14) to just 12 points. The Comets managed only five points in the final quarter.
Elmwood’s Brittany George led all scorers with 19 points while teammate Brittany Gross had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kristen Curtis came close to a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.
It was the third meeting of the Northern Buckeye Conference opponents this season.
“We knew they were going to be tough,” George said. “We played them two times this season and it is always hard to beat a team three times.”
Genoa held the lead several times in the second quarter and drew the game within two points in the third quarter before the Royals went on a 14-0 run over an eight-minute span in the third and fourth quarters.
George provided a spark offensively for the Royals in the second quarter after nerves held Elmwood to just seven points in the first quarter. George had 10 points in the second quarter.
“I knew my team needed me to take the ball to the hoop,” she said.
In the third quarter, George continued to be an offensive threat and hit a 3-pointer to put her team up 27-21, which prompted a Genoa timeout with 6:10 remaining.
After the timeout, Genoa’s Katie Jensen made a bucket to cut the lead to four, but Gross hit a three at the other end to extend the lead back to seven with 5:40 remaining. Jensen hit another three to make it a narrow 30-28 Elmwood lead.
Elmwood then went on its 14-0 run, which including six free throws by Gross as she was able to pick apart the Comets’ zone.
Elmwood was 14-of-20 from the charity stripe and Genoa was 7-of-12.
Leading 36-28, a Curtis jumper to begin the fourth quarter put the Royals up 10. Elmwood maintained control the remainder of the game and never lost its double-digit lead.
“We do a great job of handling the ball when we get ahead,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds commended his team’s rebounding, particularly senior Tori Hillard who had nine rebounds and seven points.
Team defense was also a key to the win, Reynolds said.
“We didn’t give up 3-point shots and we didn’t let them run,” he said.
One of Genoa’s top scorers, Ciara Albright, was held to just four points.
Point-guard Haley Pickard was the only Comet to record double-digit scoring. She had 11 points.
On his 300th win, Reynolds credited his current and former players.
“I’ve had great ladies and guys over the years,” he said. “All of the athletes I have coached, they were the ones that got the ball into the hoop.”
Reynolds was presented with a commemorative 300th win basketball at the conclusion of the game.
And not that they needed extra motivation to win during the post-season, but Reynolds’ players wanted to win for their coach.
“We didn’t want to go out with him being one away,” George said.

Gose, 0-0—0; Albright, 1-2—4; Gerke, 1-2—4; Peer, 0-0—0; Jensen, 2-1-0—7; Pickard, 5-1—11; Plantz, 0-1-0—3; Skilliter, 1-2—4; TOTALS, 10-2-7—33
Tiffany Hillard, 0-0—0; Curtis, 4-0—8; Swavel, 0-0—0; Gross, 0-1-11—14; Emmitt, 0-0—0; Tori Hillard, 2-3—7; George, 5-3-0—19; Smith, 0-0—0; Rosendale, 0-0—0; Tracy, 0-0—0; TOTALS, 11-4-14—48
GENOA    5    16    7    5    —33
ELMWOOD    7    17    12    12    —48
Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 10:15

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