CLEVELAND, Ohio — A wonderful ladies basketball showcase can be entrance and middle this weekend, as Garfield Heights hosts the Women NEO Youth Elite Christmas Basic, an occasion that features 14 groups from the cleveland.com High 25 rankings.
Right here is the schedule:
Midday Garfield Heights vs. Shaw; 1:45 Hathaway Brown vs. East Tech; Three:15 No. 15 Buchtel vs. No. 24 Brush; 5:15 Columbus Africentric vs. No. 16 Solon; 7:00 Gilmour vs. No. 22 Perry; Eight:30 Cleveland Central Catholic vs. Warrensville Heights.
10:15 a.m. Bay vs. No. 11 West Geauga; midday No. 7 Aurora vs. No. 21 Cleveland Heights; 1:45 Beaumont vs. No. Four Eastlake North; Three:30 No. Three Elyria Catholic vs. No. 19 St. Vincent-St. Mary; 5:15 No. 5 Medina vs. No. 6 Stow; 7:00 No. 1 Laurel vs. No. 2 Cornerstone Christian; Eight:30 Canton McKinley vs. Euclid.
Right here is how this week’s space High 25 stacks up coming into the fourth week of the season.
1. Laurel (5-Zero)
Final week: Ranked No. 1, beat No. Three Elyria Catholic, 82-62.
This week: Saturday vs. No. 2 Cornerstone Christian at Garfield Heights.
2. Cornerstone Christian (5-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 2, beat Walsh Jesuit, 81-54.
This week: Tuesday vs. No. 24 Brush; Friday vs. East Tech; Saturday vs. No. 1 Laurel at Garfield Heights.
Three. Elyria Catholic (5-1)
Final week: Ranked No. Three, beat Holy Title, 56-38; misplaced to No. 1 Laurel, 82-62.
This week: Thursday vs. Normandy; Saturday at Fairview; Sunday vs. No. 19 St. Vincent-St. Mary at Garfield Heights.
Four. Eastlake North (6-1)
Final week: Ranked No. Four, beat Mayfield, 66-39; beat Euclid, 57-49.
This week: Wednesday vs. Chardon; Saturday vs. Canton GlenOak at Walsh College; Sunday vs. Beaumont at Garfield Heights.
5. Medina (6-Zero)
Final week: Ranked No. 5; beat Brunswick, 53-32.
This week: Friday vs. Mentor; Sunday vs. No. 6 Stow at Garfield Heights.
6. Stow (6-Zero)
Final week: Ranked No. 6, beat No. 9 Nordonia, 45-26; beat Twinsburg, 51-38.
This week: Sunday vs. No. 5 Medina at Garfield Heights.
7. Aurora (5-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 7, beat Barberton, 50-49; beat No. 12 Highland, 58-56.
This week: Wednesday vs. Wadsworth; Sunday vs. No. 21Cleveland Heights at Garfield Heights.
Eight. Hoban (5-Zero)
Final week: Ranked No. Eight, beat Hathaway Brown, 83-48; beat then-No. 20 St. Joseph Academy, 63-51.
This week: Saturday vs Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.
9. Nordonia (7-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 9, misplaced to No. 6 Stow, 45-26; beat Brecksville. 69-28.
This week: Wednesday vs. Twinsburg; Saturday vs. No. 12 Highland.
10. Magnificat (5-2)
Final week: Ranked No. 11, beat No. 20 St. Joseph Academy, 56-49; beat then-No. 18 St. Vincent-St. Mary, 63-44.
This week: Saturday vs. Wadsworth; Monday at No. 18 Avon.
11. West Geauga (6-Zero)
Final week: Ranked No. 13, beat Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 83-36; beat Painesville Harvey, 63-22.
This week: Wednesday at Chagrin Falls; Saturday vs. Ashtabula Edgewood; Sunday vs. Bay at Garfield Heights.
12. Highland (7-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 12, misplaced to No. 7 Aurora, 58-56.
This week: Wednesday vs. Brunswick; Saturday at No. 9 Nordonia.
13. Olmsted Falls (5-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 16, beat then-No. 10 Westlake, 38-36; beat North Ridgeville, 51-30.
This week: Wednesday at No. 18 Avon; Saturday at Amherst.
14. Westlake (5-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 10, misplaced to then-No. 16 Olmsted Falls, 38-36; beat No. 17 Avon Lake, 48-41.
This week: Saturday at Berea-Midpark.
15. Buchtel (6-Three)
Final week: Ranked No. 14, beat Akron North, 85-12; beat Kenmore-Garfield, 61-58.
This week: Thursday vs. Firestone; Saturday vs. No. 24 Brush at Garfield Heights.
16. Solon (Four-Three)
Final week: Ranked No. 15, beat Mentor, 59-56; beat Elyria, 70-46.
This week: Saturday vs. Columbus Africentric at Garfield Heights.
17. Avon Lake (Four-2)
Final week: Ranked No. 17, beat Berea-Midpark, 60-55; misplaced to then-No. 10 Westlake, 48-41.
This week: Wednesday vs. Lorain; Saturday at North Ridgeville.
18. Avon (5-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 19, beat Lakewood, 53-29; beat Berea-Midpark, 65-59, OT.
This week: Wednesday vs. No. 13 Olmsted Falls; Saturday vs. Midview; Monday vs. No. 10 Magnificat.
19. St. Vincent-St. Mary (Four-Three)
Final week: Ranked No. 18, beat then-No. 21 Gilmour, 49-40; misplaced to then-No. 11 Magnificat, 63-44.
This week: Wednesday at Massillon; Sunday vs. No. Three Elyria Catholic at Garfield Heights.
20. St. Joseph Academy (2-Four)
Final week: Ranked No. 20, misplaced to then-No. 11 Magnificat, 56-49; misplaced to No. Eight Hoban, 63-51.
This week: Saturday at No. 25 Walsh Jesuit.
21. Cleveland Heights (7-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 22, beat Maple Heights, 71-53; beat Bedford, 55-25.
This week: Saturday vs. Lorain; Sunday vs. No. 7 Aurora at Garfield Heights.
22. Perry (5-1)
Final week: Ranked No. 23, beat Painesville Riverside, 46-19; beat Orange, 51-35.
This week: Wednesday at Geneva; Saturday vs. Gilmour at Garfield Heights.
23. Independence (5-Zero)
Final week: Ranked No. 24, beat Berkshire, 65-41.
This week: Wednesday at Richmond Heights; Saturday vs. Wickliffe; Monday vs. Cardinal at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
24. Brush (Four-Three)
Final week: Ranked No. 25, beat Willoughby South, 81-46.
This week: Tuesday at No. 2 Cornerstone Christian; Wednesday at Madison; Saturday vs. No. 15 Buchtel at Garfield Heights.
25. Walsh Jesuit (Three-Four)
Final week: Unranked, misplaced to No. 2 Cornerstone Christian, 81-54; beat then-No. 21 Gilmour, 57-49.
This week: Saturday vs. No. 20 St. Joseph Academy.
Dropped out: Gilmour (was No. 21).
Groups to look at (listed alphabetically): Amherst (5-1); Bay (5-2); Beaumont (Three-2); Berea-Midpark (Three-Four); Cuyahoga Falls (6-1); Gilmour (2-Four); Kenston (5-2); Mentor (Three-2); Trinity (5-1); Wadsworth (Four-2).
For the second week in a row it was tempting to maneuver Stow previous Medina and Eastlake North. Once more, to not punish these two — though North has performed a pair shut video games in opposition to lesser opponents and Medina has misplaced junior level guard Aly Dwyer to harm — however as an alternative to acknowledge that the Bulldogs have performed a superb schedule to this point and have been dominant, permitting simply 28.Eight factors per sport.
However, as an alternative of pulling the set off this week, we determined to carry off as a result of Medina and Stow play one another Saturday at Garfield Heights and it’s at all times finest to let issues play out on the court docket.
Elyria Catholic misplaced to Laurel by 20, but it surely was a four-point sport at halftime and the Panthers simply ran out of fuel in opposition to the deep and athletic Gators. You don’t wish to punish groups after they lose to superior competitors, so EC stays at No. Three. Each groups have respectable photographs at making it to Columbus, Laurel in Division II and Elyria Catholic in Division III.
There have been no modifications among the many high 9 groups within the rankings, though Aurora very simply might have misplaced twice this previous week. For the second week in a row, the large mover was Olmsted Falls, which has taken command of the Southwestern Convention by defeating Avon Lake and Westlake on the highway. The Bulldogs had been unranked within the preliminary ballot (whoops!), entered at No. 16 final week, and now are as much as No. 13.
The beneficiary of the mid-level shifting is West Geauga, which is rolling alongside however has but to face any high competitors. Coach Bob Beutel upgraded the schedule this yr, but it surely’s tough to make wholesale modifications in only one yr. The Wolverines will see some high quality competitors quickly, with Chagrin Falls, Bay and NDCL all arising within the subsequent two weeks. In addition they face No. 22 Perry and Mentor in 2020.
The actually tough selections this week concerned St. Joseph Academy and Gilmour, and, by extension, Cleveland Heights. Each SJA and Gilmour play within the stacked Blue Division of the North Coast League and each face a really sturdy nonconference schedule as nicely.
The Jaguars are at the moment 2-Four, however they’ve performed six ranked groups and have been inside shouting distance of all of them. Gilmour, then again, is also 2-Four and has proven that it’s ok to remain near the highest groups however has but to defeat a ranked workforce and has misplaced 4 in a row.
Then there may be Cleveland Heights, which is 7-1 however opened the season with a 63-36 loss by the hands of St. Joseph Academy. The Tigers play a stable schedule, however nothing like what SJA and Gilmour face. It’s tempting to maneuver up Cleveland Heights based mostly on its document, but it surely’s laborious to get previous that blowout loss to SJA. You may’t justify placing the Tigers forward of a workforce that beat them by 27 factors even when it was an aberration.
Walsh Jesuit enters the rankings for the primary time at No. 25. The Warriors are nonetheless in search of some consistency, however they’ve three victories over ranked groups and play an particularly tough schedule.
The one that put collectively the schedule for Olmsted Falls can solely be known as a diabolical genius. How so? Properly, the Bulldogs play on the highway in 9 of their first 12 video games. That’s the place the diabolical is available in.
Now, to the genius half. Olmsted Falls has already received at Avon Lake and Westlake, two of the highest contenders within the Southwestern Convention. This week they play at Avon and Amherst, each additionally among the many contenders. So, if the Bulldogs can handle to get by these early video games unscathed, then they’ll benefit from dealing with all of the contenders at house down the stretch. Genius. Pure genius.
Taking a look at field scores may be considerably tedious, however there usually are attention-grabbing tales to be discovered. Take, for instance, the field rating from Saturday’s sport between host Aurora and Highland. The Greenmen received, 58-56, handing Highland its first lack of the season. The victory additionally places Aurora within the driver’s seat to repeat as champions of the Suburban League American Division.
However a more in-depth look reveals some actually unusual issues taking place within the sport. Highland took a 14-9 lead after one quarter, solely to see the Greenmen explode for 27 factors within the second interval. The halftime rating was 36-27, and Aurora appeared to have a cushty lead.
Not so quick. After scoring 27 factors within the second quarter, the Greenmen had been shut out within the third, because the Hornets hit a 21-Zero gusher to take a 48-36 lead coming into the fourth quarter. Going in opposition to the adage that you may’t simply flip a swap in athletics, Aurora exploded once more within the fourth, outscoring Highland, 22-Eight, to achieve the ultimate rating. Shyanne Sellers led Aurora with 32 factors, whereas Kendall McCormick led Highland with 24.
There have been some landmarks reached by space gamers this previous week. Area senior Maria Sziva scored 20 factors to surpass 1,00Zero factors for her profession in a 63-35 victory over Mogadore. Additionally, Hallie Majoros of Nordonia hit a college document eight Three-pointers whereas scoring 24 factors in a 69-28 victory over Brecksville. The previous document was seven, set by Natalie Blaha in 2011.
However the week in all probability belonged to Warrensville Heights senior Jade Salter, who topped 30 factors in consecutive video games. She had 30 factors and 13 rebounds in a 74-30 victory over Shaw, after which posted a quadruple double in an 88-49 victory over Garfield Heights with 31 factors, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.