|(updated: 11:03 p.m.) Elmwood girls beat Rossford (2-13-14)|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 13 February 2014 23:06|
“We were picked to be fourth in the league this year, and we really wanted to prove that we still could compete,” said Elmwood senior Kristen Curtis, who finished with a game-high 16 points. “Now we are in first, and we came out and proved them wrong.”
After winning the NBC last year, also going 13-1 in the league, it was questionable whether Elmwood (16-5) would be able to reload after losing several of its starters.
“We knew we were losing a lot of scoring, so we knew more people would have to step up. I think we did that. We had some seniors and underclassmen who were able to do that,” Curtis said.
The two teams battled to a 16-16 stalemate after one quarter, but Elmwood’s defense clamped down on Rossford in the second and third quarters, limiting the Bulldogs’ offense to five and three points, respectively.
“That was the story right there,” said Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds.
In addition to Curtis, two other Royals were in double-figures. Classmate Courtney Emmitt had 12 points and Samantha Ervin had 11. Senior Tiffany Hillard grabbed 10 rebounds.
Kirsten Keller had 12 points for Rossford (13-9, 9-5). Julie Hotz was just shy of a double-double with 10 rebounds and eight points.
“We just couldn’t hit a shot tonight to save our lives,” said Rossford coach Eric Simon. “If I had it to do over again, I would take the same shots.”
While it trailed for a majority of the game, Rossford forced 24 Elmwood turnovers.
“We exuded a lot of energy and didn’t get a lot of reward,” Simon said. “We turned them over, but we didn’t capitalize.
“Give Elmwood tons of credit, they made the shots and we didn’t,” he continued.
Rossford jumped out to an 8-2 lead to begin the game on the heels of five Elmwood turnovers through the first three minutes of play. But Elmwood took over the lead for good early-on in the second quarter.
Despite being sloppy with the ball and committing 13 turnovers in the opening two quarters, Elmwood maintained its lead by outrebounding Rossford 20-10 in the first half. The Royals also went on a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter and took a 29-21 lead into halftime.
In the third, Elmwood expanded its lead from eight to 21 and led 45-24 headed into the final eight minutes. Rossford cut the lead to as few as 12 in the fourth, but Elmwood maintained control.
“When they made a run, we stopped it with a bucket,” Reynolds said.
“We wanted to win the league outright, and we wanted to end up with a win on Senior Night,” Reynolds said.
“It’s a great feeling winning back-to-back championships and having two 13-1 seasons,” Reynolds said.
Elmwood also won the junior varsity game 30-28. Lindsay George had 10 points for Elmwood. Regan Clay had eight for Rossford.
ELMWOOD 59, ROSSFORD 45
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