Parma Heights Holy Name rebounds to blast Toledo Scott 56-34

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Holy Name 56, Toledo Scott 34
After spending the first night of play in unfamiliar ground, Parma Heights Holy Name found itself back in a comfort zone. The Green Wave downed Toledo Scott 56-34 in a game that featured a style of
play they are more familiar with. Holy Name finished third in the 22nd
annual OVISCO Classic, while Scott ended up fourth in the weekend
tournament hosted by Celina.


CELINA – After spending the first night of play in unfamiliar ground, Parma Heights Holy Name found itself back in a comfort zone.

Holy Name downed Toledo Scott 56-34 in a game that featured a style of play they are more familiar with. Holy Name finished third in the 22nd annual OVISCO Classic, while Scott ended up fourth in the weekend tournament hosted by Celina.

“Scott’s style was a little bit more of what we are use to playing so many Cleveland teams,” commented Holy Name coach Kim Luthman. “We had a good overall day as a team today and really played like a team tonight.”

Parma’s victory was paced by Nancy Faulhaber who recorded 14 points on the evening. Teammate Becca DeMattia added 10 points. Megan Krakowiak had a big night on the glass pulling down ten rebounds.

Scott was again led in scoring by Skyler Gregory who had 13 points. Iesha Pernell added nine points for the Bulldogs.

In their second contest of the weekend, both teams appeared much more comfortable.

“We are happy with the effort tonight,” commented Scott coach Debra Jones. “Tonight we played against a very well coached team and with us being so inexperienced it was a tough match up for us.”

Scotts’ inexperience really hurt in the second stanza. After playing even in the first eight minutes and trailing 17-13, the Bulldogs stumbled against Holy Name’s attacking defense. The other concern for Scott was again rebounding. Although the effort was a great improvement over the previous night, the Bulldogs still struggled at times.

“When we get tired we make a lot mental mistakes,” commented Jones. “And that makes it very difficult to comeback against good teams. Overall I felt the kids gave a great effort tonight.”

Holy Name opened the second stanza with a 6- 0 run. The biggest blow was a three pointer from Jenny Prochko who made it a 23-13 game. With the deficit growing by leaps and bounds, the young Bulldogs were unable to stabilize the situation.

However, they did demonstrate some maturity as they responded late in the stanza. Scott ripped off five points to close out the stanza, but faced a 30-18 hole after one half of play.

When the two teams returned for the second half, the frantic pace of the game went up another notch. The Bulldogs attacked Holy Name and chiseled away at the deficit, closing to within eight at 32-24 on a three pointer by Iesha Pernell.

But, Holy Name’s Sarah Krakowiak responded with a field goal, pushing the lead back to ten at 34-24. After that point Parma maintained a double digit lead the rest of the game.

In fact at the end of the third period it was 40-26 as Holy Name took control of the game.

Holy Name continued pressuring Scott in the opening moments of the fourth stanza. Using a number of players Luthman’s crew remained fresh and built a commanding 49-30 advantage midway through the final period.

After that point it was just a matter of going through the motions as Holy Name improved to 1-1 on the year. Scott dropped both games over the weekend, falling to 0-2 on the season.

“Of course I would rather be 2-0 on the season, but I it was a good weekend for us,” noted Luthman. “We played hard and I can never question my team’s intensity.”

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