motivation enough for visiting Logan Elm on Friday. But according to Emily Robinson, the Braves
had a more personal drive. “We wanted to play this game like Brittney Oberley would’ve,”
said Robinson, referring to a teammate who
passed away in September. “She always
played hard against Circleville and we wanted to honor her.” The Braves did with a win.
CIRCLEVILLE – Emily Robinson didn’t need much of an introduction to the rivalry between Logan Elm and Circleville high schools.
“I began the game being nervous, but my teammates helped me to settle down,” the Logan Elm freshman said. “After that, I realized I needed to step up.”
Robinson scored 17 points and senior Alicia Nichols chipped in a dozen as visiting Logan Elm handed Circleville a stunning 58-55 Mid-State League loss.
Playing Circleville, the two-time defending MSL champions, was motivation for the Lady Braves. But according to Robinson, Logan Elm had a bigger and more personal drive to play for Friday evening.
“We wanted to play this game like Brittney Oberley would’ve,” said Robinson, referring to a Logan Elm girls basketball teammate who passed away in a tragic automobile accident in September. “She always played hard against Circleville and we wanted to honor her.”
“These kids played with Brittney’s heart and determination,” Logan Elm coach Donna Peters said.
Using the memory of Oberley, the Lady Braves (6-0, 4-0) dug deep down to play with an extra drive for victory.
All six players that saw the floor scored for Logan Elm. In addition, the Lady Braves outrebounded the taller Lady Tigers 32-30, paced by Heather Evans pulling down nine boards, while Robinson and Nichols each accounted for five rebounds.
“I just turned our girls loose,” Peters said. “Those kids were full of heart. The game kept going back and forth, but the kids battled back every time we went down.
“We put a lot on Emily, but she responded and played extremely well. All the girls did.”
Circleville (5-1, 3-1) entered the fourth period up by two points, but Logan Elm began to make its biggest push of the night.
Robinson canned the last of her four three-pointers three minutes into the fourth, putting the Lady Braves ahead 45-43.
“Once we got on a roll, I felt more comfortable with my shot,” Robinson said.
Following two free throws from Circleville senior Liz Scudder, Alyvia Clark and Lindsay Brokaw each nailed a jumper to put Logan Elm back in front.
Circleville tied the game at 51-51 with two free throws coming from Casse Mogan, who posted a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Kaitlin Graham knocking down two more freebies.
The Lady Braves then made its final push, scoring the next seven points.
Evans and Robinson both came up with a steal during the run to help stall the Circleville offense.
Offensively, Robinson and Nichols each knocked down two free throws, Evans hit two freebies and Brokaw also hit a free throw.
“The whole game was about everyone trying to help out everyone else,” Nichols said. “We needed a team effort and we got it.”
Circleville cut the lead down to three on buckets from Kellie Willis and Mogan. Following two missed free throws by Logan Elm, Circleville had a chance to send the game to overtime but the Mogan shot didn’t hit the mark.
“Logan Elm outhustled us,” Circleville coach Steve Kalinoski said. “They got to more loose balls and were more scrappy than we were.
“We had an advantage inside with our heighth, but we didn’t finish our shots.”
The Logan Elm students rushed the floor following the game for a celebration at mid-court with the team.
“Our crowd was excellent,” Nichols said. “They really made us want to score more.”
Logan Elm converted 20-of-45 shots (44 percent), while Circleville connected on only 20-of-64 (31 percent) opportunities.
Clark gathered 10 points for Logan Elm and Evans added nine tallies.
Graham followed Mogan for Circleville with 10 points and Megan White added eight tallies.
Logan Elm, which now occupies the top of the MSL alone, returns home to face Canal Winchester Tuesday.
Circleville travels to Fairfield Union on the same evening.
“We want to go all the way,” Nichols said. “We have to keep after it.”