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Updated: 11:41 p.m., Elmwood girls beat Lake to improve to 14-0 (1-22-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:28
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Lake's Jordyn Taylor (1), right, drives down the court as Elmwood's Courtney Emmitt (24) defends. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY —A big second quarter and some accurate free throw shooting helped Elmwood’s girls remain undefeated with a 51-39 victory over Lake Tuesday. PHOTO GALLERY
The Royals out-scored the Flyers 21-9 in the second quarter.
For the game, Elmwood was 20-of-30 from the free-throw line, including 11-of-18 in the second quarter. Lake was 0-of-3 on foul shots.
Tiffany Hillard was 7-of-10 from the line, Brittany Gross was 5-of-6 and Kristen Curtis was 5-of-7 for the Royals.
“We played to the level of competition tonight and then some,’’ Elmwood head coach Doug Reynolds said about the Royals, now 14-0 overall and 8-0 in the Northern Buckeye Conference.
“We had a ragged start. We weren’t making baskets. We knew that’s what they (the Flyers) were going to do; they come and they jump you,’’ Reynolds added. ‘‘Once we got settled down and got looking over the top, we’re a pretty good passing team and we came open. That pressure defense is always going to keep them (Lake) in the game.’’
Lake took an early 8-3 lead and was still up 11-9 at the of the first quarter.
Elmwood then scored the first nine points in the second quarter to take a lead it would never lose. Gross and Curtis each had four points in the spurt.
The Flyers finally got on the board with 3:44 left in the first half on a basket from Katie Swartz.
After Swartz’s score, the Royals made a 7-0 run to take a 25-13 lead. The teams then traded points and Elmwood held a 30-20 lead at the half.
“We played a great first quarter and we played reasonably well in the third and fourth quarters, but the second quarter was the game,’’ said Lake head coach Jim Gracyk. “(In the second quarter) we didn’t come out with the same fire. We didn’t cover people, we didn’t rotate and we didn’t have the pressure on the ball as fast as we needed.’’
The final two quarters were fairly even, although Lake never really threatened the Royals.
Elmwood out-scored Lake 6-2 over the last four minutes of the third quarter to take a 40-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Royals increased the lead to 47-29 before the Flyers closed the game on a 10-4 run.
Reynolds was pleased with the Royals’ defensive effort against Lake’s 3-point shooting attack. The Flyers made three 3-pointers in the game.
“Tonight we didn’t switch anything up. We just kept on them in the man,’’ Reynolds said. ‘‘We were able to limit their touches and that helped us ... We got out on their shooters well.’’
Curtis and Gross each scored 13 points and Tori Hillard added nine for the Royals.
“We’re not one person out on the court,’’ Reynolds said. “The scoring any night can come from a number of different players.’’
Jordyn Taylor scored 12 points for Lake, now 7-10, 5-4.
“It’s really been a frustrating year,’’ Gracyk said.
Lake’s Catie Phalen went very hard to the floor in the first minute of the game and was unable to return.
Elmwood won the junior varsity game, 43-20. Lindsay George led the Royals with 10 points and teammates Madison Sears and Samantha Ervin each added eight points.


ELMWOOD 51, LAKE 39
LAKE
Taylor, 6-0—12; Dabney, 2-0—4; Phalen, 0-0—0; Shaffer, 1-0—2; Henneman, 2-0—4; Swartz, 2-1-0—7; Brittenham, 0-0—0; Woodruff, 2-0—4; Hansen, 0-2-0—6. TOTALS: 15-3-0—39.
ELMWOOD
Curtis, 4-5—13; Swavel, 0-0—0; Gross, 4-5—13; Tori Hillard, 4-1—9; George, 1-1-2—7; Tiffany Hillard, 0-7—7; Emmitt, 0-0—0; Smith, 1-0—2; Rosendale, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 14-1-20—51
LAKE    11    9    9    10    —39
ELMWOOD    9    21    10    11—51
Junior varsity: Elmwood, 43-20.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:19
 

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