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High School Basketball

Medina's magical tourney run ends

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    Medina's Anna Marie Smith tries to shoot over the block of Lakewood's Courtney Ribar in the first quarter of the Division I Parma Heights District Championship game Thursday night at Valley Forge High School.

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    Lakewood's Olivia Nagy battles for a rebound with Medina's Emma Bobey in the fourth quarter of the Division I Parma Heights District Championship game Thursday night at Valley Forge High School.

    JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE

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PARMA HTS. — A resolute, never-say-die Medina girls basketball team was threatening to pull off another stunner Thursday night, but time ran out.

Down 14 points midway through the second quarter, the fifth-seeded Bees had a 3-pointer rim out that would have cut their deficit to two with 1:39 left and fell 49-41 to third-seeded Lakewood in the Valley Forge Division I District final.

“I’m proud of my teammates,” said Medina senior power forward Amanda Holzman, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds. “I’m proud of us sticking together. I’m proud of never giving up and fighting till the last minute.

“Just to be here is amazing. Getting this far is an incredible feeling. Everyone kept fighting till the end. It means the world, especially to the seniors.”

Fresh off an upset of top-seeded St. Joseph Academy, Medina (11-15) had chances to advance to the regional level for the first time since 1993, but in the end, this game was decided in the beginning.

The Bees made 11 of their 22 turnovers in falling behind 10-2 at the end of the first quarter — Holzman’s runner with 1:37 left accounted for the only points — and trailed 23-9 with 3:49 left in the opening half.

The Bees were still down 12 at intermission, but they scored the first six points of the third period to give themselves a chance.

Despite missing two free throws and the front end of a one-and-one in the first 2:26 of the fourth period, Medina was down just 42-37 when Abby McMullen’s 3-pointer went in and out.

“In the last three tournament games, those have gone in for us,” coach Karen Kase said. “That didn’t happen tonight.”

Following McMullen’s miss, Lakewood, whose last regional appearance came in 1995, made four free throws in the next 41 seconds and the Bees’ Cinderella run was over.

“We never gave up, no matter what the scoreboard said,” said junior center Emma Bobey, who had eight points and matched Holzman with 11 boards. “No one expected us to come this far. To overcome the odds and prove everyone wrong, we’re just so proud of each other.”

The Bees would have advanced to face Berea-Midpark, which beat defending state champion Wadsworth, were it not for Lakewood 6-foot-3 junior center Olivia Nagy, who finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks.

Drawing interest from St. Bonaventure and Yale, Nagy was 9-for-16 from the field and 5-for-9 at the line, while the rest of the Lakewood starters had 12 points on 3-for-19 shooting.

“She’s very good,” said Holzman, who had three shots blocked by Nagy in the fourth quarter, but got the offensive rebound after each. “We gave her too many easy shots. We should have played better defense, but she took advantage of it.”

With Lakewood applying full-court pressure and Medina playing sticky man-to-man defense, neither team scored in the first 3:51. The Bees, who never led, were down 8-0 before Holzman finally scored.

“We have a very young team,” Bobey said. “None of us have been here. We had a lot of nerves coming into the game.”

Medina didn’t quit, and the blue-collar play of Holzman and Bobey, combined with four points, two rebounds and seven assists from sophomore point guard Katie Neate, helped the Bees claw their way back.

Medina also got six points from small forward Madison Luthy, but Nagy got just enough help from Saheer Hamdan (8 points), Ryann Greenfield (3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists) and the rest of her teammates.

“It’s hard to sit here and know we would have had it if we had started faster, but that’s basketball,” Kase said. “That’s tournament basketball.”

Notes

  • Medina was 1-for-5 from the field in the first quarter and 6-for-19 in the fourth, while the Rangers went 2-for-11 in a five-point third period.
  • Holzman, Anna Marie Smith, Abby Teske and injured Delaney Cullen are the Bees’ only seniors.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.

Lakewood 49, Medina 41

Valley Forge Division I District Final

MEDINA 2 14 10 15 — 41

LAKEWOOD 10 18 5 16 — 49

Medina — Madison Luthy 3-7 0-2 6, Amanda Holzman 6-12 0-1 12, Emma Bobey 2-7 4-4 8, Anna Marie Smith 1-9 0-0 3, Katie Neate 1-3 2-4 4, Avaya Stockman-Bell 0-1 0-0 0, Abby McMullen 1-3 0-2 3, Lindsey Linard 1-3 1-1 3, Abby Teske 1-2 0-0 2, Payton Beech 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16-47 7-14 41.

Lakewood — Isabella Cintron 2-3 0-2 5, Courtney Ribar 0-5 2-2 2, Oliva Nagy 9-16 5-9 23, Emma Ribar 0-6 2-2 2, Ryann Greenfield 1-5 1-2 3, Saheer Hamdan 3-11 0-0 8, Eva Clause 0-0 0-0 0, Trinity Nall 1-3 0-0 3, Christian Massey 1-3 1-1 3. TOTALS: 17-52 11-18 49.

3-point goals — Medina 2-13 (McMullen 1-3, Smith 1-6, Neate 0-1, Stockman-Bell 0-1, Luthy 0-2), Lakewood 4-17 (Hamdan 2-5, Cintron 1-1, Nall 1-2, Greenfield 0-1, E. Ribar 0-4, C. Ribar 0-4). Rebounds — Medina 35 (Holzman, Bobey 11), Lakewood 31 (Nagy 13). Assists — Medina 9 (Neate 7), Lakewood 14 (Greenfield 4). Turnovers — Medina 22 (Neate, Holzman 4), Lakewood 14 (Nagy 5). Total fouls — Medina 16, Lakewood 15. Fouled out — None. Records — Medina (11-15), Lakewood (17-8).

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