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(updated 9:25 p.m.) Elmwood girls hang on to beat Swanton (2-23-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE/Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 23 February 2013 21:29
Elmwood's Marissa Swavel (21) defend's Swanton's Emily Callicotte (12) as Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds gives direction from the sidelines. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
After Elmwood head coach Doug Reynolds had a talk with his team less than a minute into the second half Saturday night, the Royals out-scored Swanton 29-19 the rest of the way to post a 48-40 victory in a Division III sectional final game. PHOTO GALLERY
''It was a battle; we knew it would be,’’ Reynolds said about the close game, which was played at Bowling Green High School.
Elmwood, now 20-3, faces Genoa in the district semifinal at Toledo Central Catholic Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
The Royals trailed the Bulldogs, 21-19 and had just turned the ball over attempting to inbound it when Reynolds used his time out.
“What we worked on all week was how to get it in and once we went back to that, we got it in,” Reynolds said. “They just had to be reminded what they needed to do to get open (against the press).”
After the time out, the Royals were more focused and did a better job of boxing out on the boards. Elmwood won the rebounding battle, 39-30.
“We knew we had to box out, they are a very good rebounding team,” Elmwood’s Brittany Gross said. “When we started hitting the boards, we ran (the floor) and offense flowed for us.”
Elmwood took a 31-27 lead in the fourth quarter and made 9-of-15 free throws in the late going to put the game away,
Brittany George and Kristen Curtis each hit 3-pointers to expand Elmwood’s lead to 39-33 with 3:13 left to play.
A jumper by Swanton’s Bethann Lumbrezer cut Elmwood’s lead to 39-35 with 2:55 remaining to play.
Elmwood then expanded its lead to 43-35 as Gross made three free throws and Marissa Swavel made one.
With 44 seconds left, Swanton’s Jessica Gilsdorf made two three throws to make it 43-37. Curtis then made three free throws and Gross made two to seal the win.
Swanton’s Emily Callicote hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final margin.
“The key was with three minutes to go we were getting offensive rebounds. Then we ran our four corners really nice and they had to foul,” Reynolds said. “The girls dug down.”
Gross, one of three seniors in the starting lineup, said the seniors responded when the game was on the line.
“It’s pressure ... but we know it’s our role. We know it starts with us,” Gross said. “We rose above the pressure and we did what he (Reynolds) asked.”
Defensively the Royals used a 2-3 zone to slow down Lumbrezer, a 6-foot senior. She finished with eight points.
Gross finished with a game-high 20 points and she added 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Curtis scored 12 points and contributed seven rebounds while George had eight points and six assists. Tory Hillard and Swavel also were effective on the boards with eight and six rebounds, respectively.
The Royals were 9-of-31 on 2-pointers (29 percent), 6-of-16 on 3-pointers (38 percent) and 12-of-21 from the free-throw line (57 percent).

Callicotte, 1-1-0—5; C. Eitniear, 3-0—6; Gilsdorf, 0-2—2; Lumbrezer, 4-0—8; Wheeler, 1-2-0—8; Christensen, 1-1-0—5; B. Eitniear, 1-0—2; Carr, 2-0—4; Knepley, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 13-4-2—40.
Curtis, 3-1-3—12; Swavel, 0-1—1; Gross, 3-3-5—20; Tori Hillard, 1-2—4; George, 1-2-0—8; Tiffany Hillard, 1-1—3; Emmitt, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 9-6-12—48.
SWANTON    11    8    8    13    —40
ELMWOOD    13    6    12    17  —48

Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 15:19

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