The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

January 17, 2013

Riverside on a roll

Hot-shooting Beavers continue solid play by looting Pirates

PERRY — The Riverside girls basketball team had gotten in the habit of taking bad shots against certain defenses, leading to a slew of problems. It’s safe to say, the Beavers had no such issue in a 53-34 victory over Perry on Thursday at Spectator Gymnasium.

“There were a couple games teams would go into a zone and we’d chuck long 3-pointers that would lead to long rebounds then layups in transition for the other team,” Riverside coach Brindi Kandel said. “We’re learning to execute and find the post inside and making back door cuts and passes. That’s leading to more easy shots and we’re more likely to shot 50 percent. I think we’re starting to find a rhythm offensively.”  

Riverside — the area’s top shooting team (48.4 percent) coming into the week — was 21 of 41 (51.2 percent) from the field in topping the Pirates.

“The last few games, we’ve been right around 50 percent or in the high 40s,” Kandel said. “We’re trying to find high percentage shots. That percentage tonight shows we’re working to find those shots. I’ll take 50 percent any night.”

To back up the thought the Beavers (9-6, 4-4 in Premier Athletic Conference) are working to get those high percentage shots, they assisted on 17 of their 21 buckets.

“This is one of the most unselfish teams I’ve seen or coached,” Kandel said. “I’m so proud of the them for being team-oriented. That’s the kind of basketball I want to see at Riverside. That’s what I want our MO to be.”

Five Riverside players had at least two assists. Alexis Parsons led the way with six and Kortlynn Carr added five.

The Pirates (6-7, 2-4 in Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division) didn’t have what would be considered a bad night from the field, making 32.5 percent (13-40) of their shots. It just simply wasn’t enough to overcome the Beavers’ good night.

“If we make our open layups, we have a chance to shoot far better than 50 percent,” Perry coach Mike Decker said. “I don’t want to take anything away from what (Riverside) did tonight, but we beat ourselves.”

Riverside outscored the Pirates, 21-4, over the first 10:28 before Perry turned the tables a bit. The Pirates finished the half on a 12-2 run.

“The first quarter, we came out and didn’t execute the way we wanted to,” Decker said. “We cut it to seven at the half. We came out after the half and on the first three possessions we missed open layups. They went down and scored to take it back up. If we come out and make our layups, it’s a different game.

“(Riverside) made its open shots.”

Riverside took a 19-point lead, 43-24, heading into the final period.

Katie Klingman led the Beavers with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Megan Carabotta had 11 points, Parsons had 10 and Carr added nine.

“Klingman did a good job sealing our big girls,” Decker said. “We came in the game intending on fronting her. It was a combination of her sealing well and us not executing that led to her big night.”

Kayla Cool paced the Pirates with 15 points and 12 boards.   

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Danielle Zip-ing along

    Just minutes after Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson holed out on the 18th green at the Gray Course at Ohio State University during her freshman year to win the 2011 Division I state championship, the recruitment process of where she would go to college began.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maruna headed for Mount

    LeeAnn Maruna never really expected to play collegiate golf. She was so taken aback when the opportunity presented itself, she didn’t know how to respond. After all, the Grand Valley graduate had only been playing the game for a few years.

    July 23, 2014

  • Crate Late Models featured

    The Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, the premier class at Raceway 7, will be featured Friday night as they race for $1,000 to win.

    July 23, 2014

  • Norm He’s the Norm

    In the early part of the 20th century, as golf was taking off in popularity, it was not uncommon for boys to take up the game after becoming caddies.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: The journey is what’s most important

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard over and over and over how it’s been a half-century since one of Cleveland’s big three professional sports teams have won a championship.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murdick wins as Big Block Modifieds return

    The BRP Big Block Modifed Tour returned to Raceway 7 with 21 of the region’s fastest Modifieds turning out for the scheduled 35-lap event, the first for the Modifieds at the northeast Ohio speedplant since 2005, an event won by Todd Burley.

    July 21, 2014

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Chances for controlled waterfowl hunting

    Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The drawing dates and times are as follows:

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kingsville gets it done

    In a rematch of a previous softball clash between the Kingsville 9-10-year-olds and those from Conneaut, Kingsville had settled thing quickly and decisively in a mercy-rule triumph.

    July 20, 2014

  • TD Club golf A Chris Larick column: TD Club hopes to score

    Though its life was never seriously threatened, the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club has suffered in recent years.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Don A Don McCormack column: A heartfelt plea to curb violence

    Like everyone who loves soccer — and the rest of us whose interest level rises dramatically every four years when the World Cup comes around — Kevin Meier was appalled at the recent attack of soccer referee John Bieniewicz in Michigan by a player that resulted in Bieniewicz tragically dying.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video