Circleville nets convincing win over Logan Elm in key MSL tilt

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Circleville 69, Logan Elm 32
Circleville drew in the Logan Elm defense with its penetration and
found the open player all night, leading to quality shots and a 69-32
road win Friday. The Lady Tigers (13-2, 9-2) earned a one-game lead in the Mid-State
League Buckeye Division with a performance that CHS coach Steve
Kalinoski called “the most complete” of the season. Logan Elm (12-4,
8-3) fell into a second place tie with Hamilton Township after the
defeat.


CIRCLEVILLE – Circleville drew in the Logan Elm defense with its penetration and found the open player all night, leading to quality shots and a 69-32 road win Friday.

“We knew this was a big game and we wanted to redeem ourselves after losing to them at home earlier in the season,” Circleville senior Casse Mogan said. “We came out and played the way we had to in order to get this win. Everybody was very unselfish and made a bunch of good passes to set up good shots.”

The Lady Tigers (13-2, 9-2) earned a one-game lead in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division with a performance that CHS coach Steve Kalinoski called “the most complete” of the season. Logan Elm (12-4, 8-3) fell into a second place tie with Hamilton Township after the defeat.

“This was the best game we’ve had doing a lot of things, including passing the ball,” Kalinoski said. “Abbey Palmer and Liz Scudder each had six assists at halftime.

“We finished the game having 22 assists lead to 28 shots. Our ball movement in the first half was crucial, and the girls were very unselfish.”

Circleville converted on 28 of 48 shots (58 percent) from the field, while Logan Elm made 10 of 48 opportunities (21 percent).

“The passes led to us having a lot of good looks,” Kalinoski said. “We also came out with some pressure against them defensively because of them playing a couple of nights ago.

“We also focused in on Emily Robinson. She had 17 points and hit some big threes against us last time, and I thought Abbey Palmer and Liz Scudder did a good job against her.”

The Lady Tigers also outrebounded what appeared to be a tired Logan Elm team 41-17.

Logan Elm, which was playing its second game in three games, basically plays just six players.

“We didn’t come out to play and Circleville did,” Logan Elm coach Donna Peters said. “They played a very good game and deserve credit for it.

“They played a lot of people and were pushing the ball, while we were just kind of waiting around. This was our second game in three days and I think our girls were just a little drained.”

Mogan posted a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Lady Tigers. Palmer followed with 11 points and nine assists, and Kaitlin Graham collected 10 points and four rebounds.

Circleville established momentum early in the first quarter. Following an exchange of a basket by CHS senior Kaitlin Graham and Logan Elm’s Alyvia Clark, the Lady Tigers rolled off the next nine points — led by Mogan hitting for five points and Kellie Willis connecting on a pair of baskets.

“After I made the first shot, I felt good and decided to keep shooting when I got open,” Mogan said. “My teammates did a good job of setting screens for me to get open. I guess you could say I was kind of feeling it.”

The Lady Tigers finished the first quarter with a 16-7 first quarter advantage and put the game out of reach with a 21-5 second quarter.

Following a basket from Megan White, Mogan took a feed from Palmer and knocked down a trey. On the next possession, Palmer found Mogan for a long jumper to push Circleville ahead 23-8 and force a Logan Elm timeout.

“We were seeing the court pretty well,” Palmer said. “Everyone seemed to be playing together very well and that was the difference for us.”

The Lady Tigers finished the half by converting on its final five possessions to take a 37-12 lead into intermission.

Another important part to the game for Circleville was its post players. The combination of White, Willis and Graham combined for 27 points and 17 rebounds on the evening.

“Our post players were a key to this game,” Kalinoski said. “They not only did a good job of shooting and rebounding the basketball, but they also did a good job of finding each other for good shot opportunities.”

Clark led Logan Elm with 10 points and five rebounds. Heather Evans added nine points and six rebounds.

The Lady Braves start four underclassmen, including three sophomores and a freshman. A key for Logan Elm, according to Peters, will be how the Lady Braves learn from this game.

“We only play six players. I knew it was going to get tougher for us in the second half and that we might get a little drained,” Peters said. “We’re at that point now and we’re going to have to catch up, learn from this game and make adjustments.

“These girls are competitors and they never quit. They play hard and we’re going to find a way.”

Circleville travels to Pickerington Central High School Sunday to face fifth-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter at 12:45 p.m. in the Fairfield Federal All-Ohio Prep Shootout.

“Alter is a very solid team and their top eight players are all very skilled,” Kalinoski said. “We’re going to have to play like this again Sunday.”

Logan Elm continues MSL competition Tuesday with a trip to Canal Winchester.

The Lady Tigers prevailed in the reserve game 37-28.

Sami Mason had 10 points, Emily Castillo had eight and Destiny Harden and Katrina Steinhauser each contribured seven points.

Rebekha Lucas led Logan Elm with nine points and was followed by Shaelyn Manson with six points and Anegelina Grambo with five.

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