Fairview Park, Ohio- It was another frustrating night for the Warriors as they drop a game to the Elyria Catholic Panthers 69-56 on Friday night. The Warriors were in the game throughout many points but the Panthers would just kick them back down the crater and go up by double digits before the Warriors would claw back in. The Panthers were playing in just their second game this season after resuming the season this week and they fell to Bay on Tuesday night. They also lost a lot of talent from last year’s district finalist team who fell to Warrensville Heights in overtime. But they gained some back in the Kenneally brothers, a pair of transfers from Holy Name.
The first quarter was a tight-knit affair with lead changes and runs. Both teams kind of just felt each other out. It looked like the quarter was going to end in a 15-15 tie but Colin Kenneally drilled a three-pointer from the parking lot at the buzzer to take the lead going into the second quarter. The Panthers had four players each who had a three-point field goal in the first and all four would be the leading scorers. The Warriors were led by Ethan McQuate who had all 7 of his first-half points.
The second quarter was very unlike the first. Instead of the offenses shining for both teams, it was the defense. Only 14 combined points were scored in the second. With that, the Panthers would take a 26-21 lead into the half. The Warriors were led by three players who each had 2 points in the quarter.
But the second half would be the Jack Kenneally show for the Panthers. After the EC star was held to only 3 points in the first half, he would explode for 28 in the second and also finish with 18 rebounds. The third quarter was a tightly fought affair like the first. But it would begin a trend that would go on for the rest of the game. Every time the Warriors cut the lead down the Panthers would burst and drag the lead back up to double digits. Jack Kenneally would have 12 points in the quarter while McQuate had 8.
The fourth was like the third pretty close but Fairview would get right back into it only for the defense to collapse and EC would go on a run. With the trend continuing the Warriors would fall 69-56. Kenneally was like an assassin scoring 16 more points in the fourth quarter finishing with 31 on the night. The Warriors were led by Ethan McQuate who had 15 and Tyler Holliday who also had 14.
The Warriors have hit a brick wall in the past week and fall to 3-3 (2-2 GLC). This is the first time they have had a .500 record since 2017. They have a chance to rejuvenate themselves with a win over rival Lutheran West tomorrow night before heading into the three-week pause for Athletics. The Panthers improve to 1-1 (1-1 GLC) and also have a long pause after this with a 1 and a half week gap before their next game with Gilmour Academy.