Elyria, Ohio- Last year, Elyria Catholic made it to the final four of the OHSAA Division 3 playoffs. They showed why they are one of the best in the state as they obliterated Fairview 67-28. They were playing in only their third game of the season as after playing only one game, they had to pause for a few weeks. They handled Bay earlier this week before coming into the matchup with the Warriors. They are led by two sharpshooters in Lexi Hall and Annika Bredel who hit 45 (led Lorain County) and 35 three-pointers last year respectively. The Warriors were looking to pick up their first win after sticking close with Valley Forge for most of the game on Wednesday.
The Panthers and Warriors started the game out with an aerial assault. Elyria Catholic led by Hall hit four three-pointers in the first. But Jada Witnik for the Warriors came back and hit two of her own. Witnik would have 6 while Bredel and Hall had 7 and 6 for the Panthers respectively. The Panthers were up 16-9 after one.
The second quarter would be a very evenly matched affair. Both teams played great defense and baskets were very tough to make. At the half, the Panthers would lead 28-18. Leila Discenza would come alive and it seemed like every time she got the ball she would be in the paint in a flash. She had 7 points in the second off of tough inside buckets and free throws. Emily Rapacz and Annika Bredel had 4 apiece for the Panthers.
The second half is where the wheels would fall completely off for Fairview. They score only 10 points in the second half while the Panthers had 39. They would absolutely suffocate the Warriors on defense and Fairview started to turn the ball over. Elyria Catholic was firing on all cylinders nailing seven triples in the second half. They would cruise to a 67-28 win. They were led by Bredel and Hall who had 20 and 17 points respectively. Fairview was lead by Leila Discenza with 12 points.
The Warriors move to 0-6 (0-4 GLC) with the loss and head into the three-week athletic pause with lots of questions. EC moves to 3-0 (2-0 GLC) and faces NDCL next week.