The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


February 8, 2013

Champion’s Kiser clips Falcons

Golden Flash drops 33 in AAC win at Jefferson

JEFFERSON — Jefferson seniors LeeAnn Farr, Sarah Busch and Ariann Barile played about as well they have all season. It wasn’t enough, however, to overcome Champion’s Mackenzie Kiser.

The 6-foot tall Kiser netted 33 points as she led the Golden Flashes past the Falcons, 54-49, Thursday night at Falcon Gymnasium.

“Their big girl was just tough to stop,” Jefferson coach Rod Holmes said. “We had some tough matchups with her.”

Kiser also tallied 12 rebounds and four steals. Many times early in the contest, it was her own passing that freed her up to score.

“Here’s the thing we said in the locker room,” Champion coach Jeff Thompson said. “We know the offense has to run through her. But she doesn’t get those points without good passes from her teammates. The rest of the kids take pride in making those passes to her.

“One thing people don’t realize with her is she is a really good passer. She’s a good distributor.”

Farr netted 19 points and eight boards, Busch scored 14 points to go with six rebounds and three assists and Barile added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.

“I thought they played well,” Holmes said. “I thought everyone played a good game. I thought everyone on both teams played well.”

Champion (12-9, 7-2 in All-American Conference) took advantage of eight Jefferson turnovers and used a 14-3 spurt to take a 47-38 lead after three quarters.

“The third quarter hurt us,” Holmes said. “That’s where we went down. We were down 12 and had to fight back. We were down three with the ball, we come down the floor with 20-some seconds left and turned it over.”

Over the first 5:44 of the fourth quarter, Jefferson (7-13, 2-7) outscored the Golden Flashes, 11-3. Two buckets from Farr had Jefferson within three, 52-49, with 2:16 play. The Falcons didn’t score again.

Barile scored consecutive buckets, one on a putback and another on a feed from Colleen O’Connor following a steal, to put the Falcons ahead, 29-25, with 1:25 left in the first half.

The Golden Flashes used a bit of good fortune to forge a 31-31 tie at the break.

Kiser made the front end of a one-and-one, but missed the second. The ball took a fortuitous bounce out to the 3-point line, where Gabby Lamont picked it up and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“We didn’t get the rebound off the foul shot, it ricochets out to one of their shooters, she catches it and gets a 3,” Holmes said. “We’ve got to box out and we’ve got to get that rebound. If we do, we go in up three.”

“We were happy at the half to have scored 31 points,” Thompson said. “We weren’t too happy about having given up 31 points. We needed to focus on defense in the second half. We needed to make defensive stops.”      

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

Text Only
  • Spartans knock around Dragons

    After being cooped up in gymnasiums for the better part of the season so far, the Conneaut and Lakeside softball teams were just happy to get onto a diamond. Playing for the first time in nearly a week, the Spartans toppled the Dragons, 11-2, Thursday afternoon at Lakeside.

    April 18, 2014

  • PV can’t get past Mathews

    Thursday afternoon at Pymatuning Valley, the visiting Mathews Mustangs were able to do what every coach hopes for — execute. They played a clean game from start to finish in every facet of the game, and that carried the Mustangs to an 8-2 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    Matthews 8, PV 2
    at PV

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:


    Geneva at Edgewood (11)
    Niles McKinley at Edgewood (5)
    Conneaut at Lakeside (4:30)
    Madison at Euclid (4:30)
    Madison at Edgewood (4:30)
    Geneva at Mentor (10, DH)
    Conneaut at Madison (4)

    April 18, 2014

  • Justin Butler Justin time

    It was just four short years ago that Justin Butler was spending his fall on a soccer field.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: ‘Kids’ stuff’ spurs great responses

    I’m often caught more than a bit off-guard by what stories, features or columns generate responses from you, Loyal Readers, much more so than those who do not.
    For example, the column that appeared in this space a couple of days ago regarding things yours truly and my buddies did as kids prompted more than a few responses.
    A sampling, many of which were posted on my Facebook page:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • kyle GANG GREEN

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    Grand Valley at Maplewood (4:30)
    St. John at Lawrence (4:30)
    Mathews at PV (4:30)
    Fairport at Perry (7:30)
    West Geauga at Madison (4:30)
    Harvey at Riverside (4:30)
    Jefferson at Harding (5)

    April 16, 2014

  • Olivia In transition

    Pymatuning Valley graduate Olivia Holt had a distinct reason she chose to play basketball for Mount Union.
    “They do have tradition,” Holt, the daughter of Gus and Michelle Holt, said. “I’m from PV. We had a tradition of winning and working hard there. I wanted to go somewhere that tradition mattered. I knew I was going to get better by coming here.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Spring has sprung one big leak

    Paying a Wednesday morning visit to the variety store...

    Think spring?
    If this, um, err, uh... spring... feels a bit unusual for high school baseball and softball teams in Northeast Ohio, it is, to a point.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Week in Review January 10 and 11
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video