(updated 11:55 p.m.) Elmwood girls win, run record to 15-0 (1-25-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jack Carle Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 25 January 2013 23:28
Elmwood's Kristen Curtis (11) shoots for three on Genoa's Ciara Albright (40). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY — Trailing by nine points with less than four minutes remaining in the game, Elmwood’s girls rallied for a 53-47 victory over Genoa Friday.
“As the game kept going back-and-forth, back-and-forth, we really realized that our record was at stake,’’ Elmwood senior Brittany Gross said. ‘‘We just dug deep for each other and realized how bad we wanted it and coach wanted it and we just went after it.’’ PHOTO GALLERY
The Royals improved to 15-0 overall and 9-0 in the Northern Buckeye Conference. The Comets are 7-8, 3-6.
“We’re going to get everybody’s best effort,’’ Elmwood head coach Doug Reynolds said. ‘‘Genoa came ready. We know they are an aggressive team and they showed it.
“This is probably going to help us down the road.’’
Genoa led 45-36 before Elmwood’s Brittany George hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to start the comeback.
“We were jumping up and down after that one. That was a big hit from her; she’s got a really nice shot,’’ Gross said about George’s three.
The Royals finally tied the game at 47 with 1:18 left on a Tiffany Hillard free throw.
There was a technical foul called on Genoa immediately after the foul call which sent Hillard to the line.
Gross broke the tie with two technical foul free throws.
“I’m thinking, ‘God, you had better help me out with these,’’’ Gross said. “It was nerve-wracking getting up to the line. But I knew that all the time we put into foul shots at practice, and all the time we put into practicing and being a team, I just had to step up and do it for the team.
“I wanted this win more than anything. I just want to keep rolling and I know that everyone else on the team does too.’’
In the final minute, Hillard scored inside and Gross and Curtis each made one free throw to secure the win.
‘‘Give the kids credit, they kept fighting,’’ Reynolds said.
The game was tightly contested until the final buzzer.
Genoa led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter. Elmwood was up 28-25 at the half despite nine points from Genoa’s Ciara Albright in the second quarter. The Royals were 8-of-11 from the free-throw line in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Genoa got its transition game going and with a 9-0 run the Comets were able to take a 37-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
Sparked by its transition game again, the Comets built their lead back to nine points midway through the fourth quarter before George’s 3-pointer started the Royals’ comeback.
“We played hard and we out-hustled them. They (Elmwood) got a couple of breaks down the stretch. We had to foul them and they made them,’’ Genoa head coach Mike DeStazio said. “It was a hard-breaking loss.
“The kids worked their butts off and the calls didn’t go our way and that was the difference in the game.’’
Elmwood was 10-of-14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and 19-of-27 for the game. Genoa was 9-of-16.
“We hit foul shots that were huge,’’ Reynolds said. “The girls held their composure.’’
Gross was 7-of-8 from the line and Curtis was 6-of-8.
Gross finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Curtis added 13 points.
Albright scored 19 points for Genoa.
Both teams got productive efforts from their bench players. The Comets’ substitutes scored 15 points and Elmwood’s reserves tallied 11 points.
Elmwood slipped past Genoa, 36-35 in the junior varsity game as Samantha Ervin scored the eventual game-winner off an offensive rebound in the final minute. Ashley Veryser scored 12 points for Elmwood and Ervin added 11. Genoa’s Caitlyn Shessler led Genoa with 13 points.

Albright, 8-3—19; Peer, 2-0—4; Jensen, 0-3—3; Pickard, 2-2—6; Skilliter, 0-0—0; Gerken, 1-1—3; Lavelle, 1-1-0—5; Borowicz, 2-0—4; Plantz, 0-1-0—3; Gose, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 16-2-9—47.
Curtis, 2-1-6—13; Swavel, 1-1—3; Gross, 3-7—13; Tori Hillard 2-1—5; George, 2-1-1—8; Tiffany Hillard, 2-1—5; Emmitt, 1-2—4; Smith, 1-0—2; Rosendale, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 14-2-19—53.
GENOA    12    13    12    10    —47
ELMWOOD    10    18    5    20    —53
Junior varsity: Elmwood, 36-35.
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:16

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