A Page -- Dec. 1, 2010

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber

St. Edward in state football 

championship for fourth time; Rick 

Finotti first of four coaches to have 

taken the Eagles there to have

been on state title teams as both
 
Student/Athlete and a coach

Dec. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

CANTON – St. Edward will be going after the school’s 41st state team championship since the late 1970s but its first in football when it takes on Wayne High School from the Dayton area Saturday here in Fawcett Stadium.

Between St. Ed and Wayne, there have been four state title game appearances in the near 40 years of the tournament, but neither school has ever won a state title in football. St. Ed has been in three previous title games and Wayne in one.

(Student/Athlete-Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber)

Rick Finotti becomes the fourth St. Ed coach to lead the Eagles to a state title game (Mike Currence, Al O’Neill, John Gibbons) but the first to do it in only his second season as a head coach. Currence did it in his second season as the St. Ed coach in 1975 but he was a head coach at Westlake prior to St. Ed. Finotti was an assistant at Mayfield.

In fact, Finotti was in the St. Joseph (now Villa Angela-St. Joe) football program when the Eagles and Vikings were still playing each other every year into the late 1980s and early 1990s. He recalls being on the other side of the ball when the seeds were still getting planted at St. Ed for this moment.

What he didn’t know at the time was that he would be the one to be asked to finally lead the group that would win the big one since, if for no other reason, the wait has been so long. Finotti graduated from VASJ in 1992. Even by then, Str. Ed had so many great teams that at least one state title by then would have been considered highly likely, yet it never happened. Nor has it happened since then.


STATE TITLE GAME PREVIEW


Part of it was the rise of the St. Ignatius program at the time. Still then most of the Student/Athletes and students at large going to Eds and Ignatius were coming from the West Shore area (West Side of Cleveland to the Lorain County border and not more than 10 miles south of the two schools), and, to some degree, a part of the East Side of Cleveland for Ignatius.

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber

While the West Shore area produced a vast amount of talent to keep both programs powerhouses, the shift began tilting more toward Ohio City, and then when the talent pool began coming in from more of  outer ring and included a wider span of the Greater Cleveland area, it still bent toward Ignatius.

At the same time this talent pool area kept expanding for these too schools, it kept shrinking for Finotti’s VASJ, but not to its larger extent until after he was on a state championship team.

Finotti was a sophomore on the team when Coach Bill Gutbrod’s Vikings won the state championship in Division II in 1989 with a 21-14 win over Fostoria. The school had already begun contracting then but that did not stop the veteran coach and his players like Finotti. He knows what it takes because he was there. If he can achieve a state title as a player, there should be no reason he cannot do it as a coach.

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In the many battles the Vikings and Eagles had from the Charity Games at the Stadium in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s to the ones in Euclid, Berea and Lakewood in the 1970s and 1980s, SJ/VASJ was almost always Division I.

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber

The enrollment decline continued. By the time VASJ next appeared in a state title game, a group of guys that incidentally Finotti helped coach, the school was down two more notches (in Division IV) in 2003. The following year, Finotti was an assistant coach on the Benedictine team that won the state title in D-III (2004). Again, he knows what it takes.

While school size in terms of numbers of potential Student/Athletes playing football should not matter, size in terms of numbers of pounds on those players who do certainly should and it has for St. Ed this year.

All that time spent in the weight room while their friends might have been off doing who knows what is now paying off, as this St. Ed team certainly has been powered by its dominant offensive line, a unit in which the average weight of each player is near 300 pounds.

(Student/Athlete-Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber)

That and the Finotti factor would probably be why St. Ed has gotten so “big” (in terms of statewide and national recognition) so fast.

Wayne’s only other state title game appearance came against none other than St. Ignatius, the Wildcats claiming their then eighth state title in 12 years, 24-10.

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Like that 1999 game, Saturday’s game will be the first mixed one in D-I (public and private) since the 2007 game that saw St. Xavier beat Mentor, 27-0. Last year’s was all public and two years ago all private.

Wayne and St. Ed have never met on the football field.. The 11-3 Warriors are looking to defeat undefeated teams on back-to-back weekends, doing the first part last week with the semi final win over previously 13-0 Davidson, 28-14.

Kicker Mike DiNunzio (14) has missed only 1 PAT is 66 tries this year
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The Warriors are on an eight-game winning streak and the Eagles on a 14-game win streak that started with this year’s opening day win over Mentor.

The Eagles will again be looking to force the mistake. In 14 games this year, the Eagles have taken the ball away 30 times on turnovers and given it away 17 times for a plus-13 rating.

Colin McManamon

Colin McManamon has caught at least one pass in 13 of 14 games this season  -- and sometimes has to dive to make a catch, which should not be a problem since his dad was a diver on the St. Ed swim and dive teams a quarter century or so ago.

His cousin, Shane McManamon, is part of a defense that has held opponents scoreless in 25 of 32 quarters in the last eight games.

Shane McManamon

Quarterback Kevin Burke has thrown a TD pass in 12 of 14 games this season. He is starting to find his tight end more and more. Sam Grant, the tight end, has caught at least one pass in seven of the last eight games.

Tight End Sam Grant

Terrrell Bates has been averaging 130 yards of rushing per game since coming back from an injury five games ago.

Within the last week, three college football players who came out of area Jesuit high schools were named Academic All Americans, once again proving a direct correlation between athletics and academics, success in one breeding success in the other within the “Student/Athlete” model.

While St. Ed and its Brothers of Holy Cross sister school Gilmour on the East Side have sent a decent share of Student/Athletes to East Coast colleges, as well as to other high-discipline types like their parent school in South Bend (Notre Dame), to keep pace with their Jesuit rivals (St. Ignatius and Walsh), there is also an element of the Jesuit engrained education tradition (the Society of Jesus that for 300 yeas was known as the Schoolmaster of Europe) running through and in concert with the BOHC philosophy in the football and academic programs at St. Ed.

St. Ed President Jim Kubacki was a quarterback at the Jesuit Ignatius here in Cleveland (as well as at Harvard later) and did his masters degree at Fordham, also a Jesuit school. St. Ed Principal Gene Boyer was educated at and received degrees from three Jesuit colleges – Seattle University, Boston College and St. Louis University-- and received his ordination from BC’s Weston School of Theology.

If St. Ed wins the state title, there will no doubt that much of it will have come through discipline by way of rigorous learning. One needs to look no further than the top to see the source of this successful blending of Student/Athlete.

Iggy's Sullivan brothers, Aurora's 

Calcei, West G's Williams, Gates 

Mills native Ventling earn All-NCAC 

for Lords

 WESTLAKE  The North Coast Athletic Conference put on  its 2010 all-conference football team six Kenyon College Lords, with five of those coming from the Cleveland area.

Senior Mark Sullivan (Mentor, OH/St. Ignatius), juniorJeremy Oller (Creston, OH/Norwayne), and sophomore Brett Williams (Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) led the way as members of the second team.
West G. alum Brett Williams

Williams finished as the Lords' leading receiver with 66 grabs for 529 yards and one touchdown. In addition to ranking 30th in the nation with an average of 6.6 receptions per game, Williams rushed for 373 yards and four more touchdowns on 95 carriers.

Sullivan, a defensive lineman, capped his Kenyon career with 55 tackles, 13.5 of which went for a loss, and 3.5 sacks. Over the past four years, he tallied 37.0 tackles for losses, the second-best all-time total in program history.

Mentor native Mark Sullivan

Sullivan was also named Academic All American this season.
Aurora High alum Beau Calcei

Kenyon's honorable mentions were all on the defensive side of the ball. Senior linebacker Beau Calcei (Mantua, OH/Aurora) led the team with 107 tackles, a total that slotted him second in the NCAC when broken down to an average of 10.7 stops per game.

Calcei was also named Academic All District.

Calcei's running mate in the linebacking corps, freshman Kolin Sullivan (Mentor, OH/St. Ignatius), was second on the team in tackles (66) and tackles for losses (9.0).

Senior Brandon Ventling (Gates Mills, OH/Fairfield Prep) did a little bit of everything on the Kenyon defensive line with 41 total tackles, 7.0 tackles for a loss, 4.0 sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery.


Lakewood's Dan Shannon

The Lords were quarterbacked by Lakewood High alum Dan Shannon. The former Ranger completed 221 of 359 pass attempts for a 95 percent efficiency rating and a 60 percent completion average.

Nordonia alumna Brittany Kilgore 

scores career-high 17 points to lead 

Mount to win over Witt; North 

Olmsted's Wiedt, Brunswick's Crider 

also reach double figures; Hudson's 

Watson leads all scorers for Tigers

December 1, 2010 

by Josh Reilly


ALLIANCE-- Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) recorded a career-high 17 points, leading Mount Union's women's basketball team to a 75-62 win over Wittenberg on Wednesday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Brittany Kilgore


Kori Wiedt (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) added 15 points, four assists and three steals while Katie Crider(Brunswick/Brunswick) contributed 11 points for the Purple Raiders (4-0), who once trailed by seven in the first half.


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Baldwin-Wallace Defeats 

Heidelberg, 86-75, in Men’s 

Basketball 

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO -- Junior All-Ohio Athletic COnference guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) scored a game-high 18 points and and passed for six assists as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Heidelberg University, 86-75, tonight (Wednesday, December 1, 2010) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.  This was the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for each team.

In addition to Cabbil for B-W, now 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the OAC, senior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) had 17 points and four three-pointers, sophomore center Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick), this week’s OAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, had 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.  For Heidelberg, now 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the OAC, sophomore guard Dane Givner led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, junior forward Darion Capers had 16 points and senior forward Kyle Tuley had 12 points.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the 19:38 mark when Ameen scored on a layup. After the Student Princes tied the score at 2-2, B-W built leads of 6-2, 9-6 and 11-8 before the Heidelberg tied the score at 11-11 and then 13-13 when Tuley made a pair of foul shots at the 14:41 mark.

B-W regained the lead at 16-13 with 14:25 left when junior guard Matt Triana (North East, Pa./ North East) made a three-pointer.  Undaunted, the Student Princes went on a 6-0 run to take the lead at 19-16 when sophomore guard Shina Giwa canned a three-pointer. After Heidelberg had the lead at 23-20, B-W scored five straight points and retook the lead at 25-23 when Ameen made one of two foul shots at 7:07.

After Heidelberg tied the score at 25-25, B-W again went into the lead at 28-25 when Payne made a conventional three-point play at 4:44.  The Student Princes came right back with a foul shot by junior forward Zane Wildermuth and a jumper by freshman guard Lee Renner at 4:01 left the game tied at 28-28. Heidelberg then regained the lead at 29-28 when Wildermuth canned one of two foul shots at 3:43.

B-W regained the lead at 32-29 when Meeder canned a three-pointer, was fouled and then converted the foul shot for a four-point play. The lead grew to 34-29 when Cabbil made a steal and a layup. Then following a Student Prince basket, Meeder canned another three-pointer at the 2:07 mark for B-W’s largest lead at 37-31. Heidelberg then scored six straight points to tie the score at 37-37 with 26 seconds left when Tuley made a jumper. Payne, who scored 12 first half points to lead B-W, then gave the Yellow Jackets a halftime lead at 39-37 when he made a layup with three seconds left.

In the second half, Heidelberg gained the lead at 43-41 before Meeder canned his third trey of the game for B-W at 17:49 for a 44-43 Yellow Jacket lead.  Again, the Student Princes regained the lead at 45-44 but B-W came right back with a layup from Ameen at 16:43 and a three-pointer by Cabbil at 15:59 for a 49-45 lead.  The lead grew to five points at 55-50 with 13:15 left when freshman center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus St. Francis deSales) made a jumper. After another Student Prince basket, Cabbil gave B-W a six-point bulge at 58-52 when Cabbil made another trey.

Heidelberg came right back with four straight points to get within 58-56 before Cabbil made a layup and added a foul shot for a 61-56 lead with 11:20 left. A Selmek jumper at 10:49 then gave B-W its largest advantage at 63-56.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeated by No. 4 The College of Wooster in NCAC Opener

December 1, 2010

WOOSTER, OHIO  –  A late second-half scoring run led to the Hiram College men’s basketball team falling to No. 4 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster, 74-60, tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 1) in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener in Wooster.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the NCAC.  The Fighting Scots improve to 5-0 overall and 1-0 NCAC.

Wooster never trailed in the first half, but could not take control of the game despite recording a lead of 12 points, 27-15, at the 7:10 minute mark.  Hiram would not go away and cut the deficit to four points on two occassions during the remainder of the period, including a halftime score of 38-34.

In the second half, Hiram scored the first five points to take a 39-38 lead on a three-pointer by senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 18:05 left in the game.  The Scots regained the lead, but the Terriers stayed within striking distance until the 12:09 mark when Wooster scored 12 unanswered points as part of an 18-2 run to record its largest lead of the game of 18 points, 66-48, at the 6:02 mark.  The margin would be all that Wooster would need to go on to a 74-60 victory.

The Scots shot an impressive 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the floor and held the Terriers to 30.9 percent (21-of-68) shooting.

Wooster was led in scoring by Ian Franks with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting (58.8 percent).  Justin Warnes was second with 12 points and Bryan Wickliffe and Ryan Snyder both added 10 points.

Hiram was led by senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) with 19 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.1 percent), including a perfect seven-of-seven from the free-throw line.  He also grabbed a game-tying high seven rebounds.  Senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) was the only other Terrier in double figures with 12 points. 



Mentor High alumna Alexa Rand is 

top individual blocker in ACC; 

still has two years left at Clemson

Dec. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

Clemson’s women’s volleyball team just narrowly missed making the NCAA playoffs with a tight 3-2 loss to rval Georgia Tech over the weekend, but Mentor High alum Alexa Rand had another commendable season and still has two more years of eligibility with the Tigers.

Rand, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference and was in the top 10 in the nation in individual blocking, closed out her sophomore season with her third double-digit blocks match of the season. Against the Yellow Jackets over the weekend, Rand had eight kills and 10 blocks for Clemson, which finished 18-13.


Alexa Rand
Mentor High alumna Alexa Rand

Three of her blocks came in the first set, which was won by Tech, 25-19. Earlier this season she had reached the 300-block mark in a career, coming in her 59th career match

She had a penchant for playing well against the Yellow Jackets. In the Clemson Classic earlier this season, Rand had four solo blocks, two block assists and eight kills.

In the ACC, Rand, who was on the ACC All-Freshman team last year, Rand wound up being the top individual blocker with a 1.45 block-per-game average on a total of 162 blocks.

On the team, Rand was fifth in total kills with 172. She also had seven service aces 185 digs.

Teh 6-3 middle hitter is a special education major.

Hawken alumnus Misha Carrel-

Thomas earns All UAA first team 

honors for soccer

Dec. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

Hawken School alumnus Misha Carrel-Thomas has been named to the University Athletic Association All Conference team for men’s soccer.

The Rochester University defenseman was named to the first team after leading the Yellow Jackets to double-digit wins and into the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Carrel-Thomas

Carrel-Thomas was at the apex of a defense that held 16 of its 18 opponents to one goal or fewer and opened the season this year with five consecutive shutouts.

Starting every match, Carrel-Thomas had two goals this season.

One of his goals came in a 5-2 win over Lycoming. Incidentally, in that same match, Walsh Jesuit alumnus and Hudson resident Sean Coyne led the Yellow Jackets offensively with two goals.

Coyne's early goals put Rochester up, 2-0.

Walsh Jesuit alum Sean Coyne

Coyne wound up finishing tied for sixth on the team in scoring. The sophomore midfielder also had the highest shots percentage among the starters and was among the team leaders in shots on goal percentage

Mount Union takes on Alfred in 

second round of NCAA playoffs

Dec. 1, 2010

By Lenny Reich


No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Alfred (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Division III Football Championship Saturday at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio.


The Purple Raiders are 12-0 after a 31-3 win against Delware Valley in the second round.


 PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

Mount Union won its 19th straight and 22nd Ohio Athletic Conference title to claim the OAC's automatic bid. Mount Union is making its 22nd NCAA playoff appearance with a record of 67-11 (.855) in the playoffs with 10 national championships (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008). Mount Union has played in the Stagg Bowl national championship game 13 times.


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Garfield Heights' Chance Ferrell, 


Dalton's Andrew Miller head up 


Berg's Academic All OAC picks


By Morgan Hawley


Austintown, Ohio – December 1, 2010 – The Heidelberg University football team had seven players earn an Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference award.  The Berg led the league, and had the most earning the award in school history.


Leading the way with Academic All-OAC recognition were seniors Andrew Miller (Dalton, Ohio / Dalton) and Neal Renna (Lockport, Ill. / Lockport), along with junior Derrick Arbogast (Tiffin, Ohio / Calvert). Earning honorable mention selection were seniors Jesse Hawkins (Georgetown, Ky. / Scott County)Chance Ferrell (Garfield Hts., Ohio / Garfield Hts.) andVaughn Klein (Galloway, Ohio / Central Crossing).

Ferrell


Rounding out the list of honorable mention honorees was sophomoreMatt Wilde (Norwalk, Ohio / St. Paul).


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Elyria Catholic, Normandy split in 

swimming

Dec. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

Elyria Catholic and Normandy split in high school swimming, the Panthers emerging in the girls’ division, 131-53, and the Invaders picking up the win on the boys’ side, 96-76.

Individual winners for EC were Sarah Peters in the 500 and 200-yard freestyle races, Jenna O’Dell in the 200 IM, Taylor Sustersic in the 50 and 100 frees, Mackenzie Tweardy and Dan Smith in the diving, Caroline Hamp and Paul Case in the 100 butterfly, Hamp in the 100 backstroke

Invaders individual winners were Brian Puls in the 100 and 200 frees, Jason Young in the 200 IM and 500 free and 100 breaststroke, Dave Groves in the 50 free, Cole Kaiser in the 100 back, Rachel Andrasek in the 100 breast. 

Oberlin Men's (Only) Cross Country Team & Athletics Staff Combine to Raise Nearly Three Thousand Dollars During 'Movember'
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Oberlin – The Movember mustaches have come and gone. Some were thick, some were thin, some were just ugly, but it was all for a great cause. The Oberlin College men’s cross country team and athletics staff grew mustaches during the month of November to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. 

While the mustaches weren’t the most glamorous, the results were rather impressive. The men’s cross country team, led by Movember captain Kiron Royraised $2,456 dollars that will be split between the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG. 

The athletics department staff also generated $399 dollars for the cause – making the total Oberlin contribution $2,855 dollars. 
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Walsh Jesuit alumnus Alex Ferrara 

one of four Mount Union football 

Student/Athletes on OAC All 

Academic team; Purple Raiders 

have the most

December 1, 2010 

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio--The University of Mount Union had a conference-best four Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference Football selections as picked by the conference's 10 faculty athletics representatives.

Alex Ferrara



Juniors in offensive lineman Brett Ekkens (East Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) and safety Alex Ferrara(Independence/Walsh Jesuit) along with seniors in linebacker Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) and tight end Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida) were all Academic All-OAC selections.




MAC Basketball Today

Zips look to rebound from loss in SMU finals; host

Duquesne in JAR; Hoban alum Rachel Tecca setting 

the scoring pace for Akron

Wadsworth's Cassie Schrock becomes EMU's All-

Time leader in free throws made

December 1, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Duquesne at Akron, 7 pm
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Off to its best start since 1995-96, The University of Akron women's basketball team will open a three-game homestand today when Duquesne comes to James A. Rhodes Arena for a 7:00 p.m. tip off. 

Akron went 1-1 at the SMU Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend. After dispatching Georgia Southern 94-81 in overtime on day one, the Zips were defeated by the host Mustangs, 75-67, in the tournament's championship game. The trip to Texas capped off a strong week in particular for a pair of Akron sophomores Rachel Tecca, who was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week Monday, and Taylor Ruper, who was named to the SMU All-Tournament Team.

MAC Player of the Week

 Akron enters today's game as the second-highest ranked offense in the MAC. The Zips are averaging 75.0 points per game, highlighted by a 94-point explosion in a win against Georgia Southern last weekend, through their first six contests. The Zips boast four players averaging double figures in scoring.

 Tecca leads the way at a 18.8 point-per-game mark, followed by senior forward Kara Murphy (13.8), Ruper (11.8) and freshman forward Carly Young (11.0). The Dukes (3-1) have enjoyed a similar fast start to the campaign with their lone setback coming at No. 10 West Virginia, 58-69, in the second game of the season. Since then, Duquesne picked up back-to-back road wins at Miami (Ohio), 91-65, and at Robert Morris, 61-34. The Dukes feature a trio of double-digit scorers in freshman forward Wumi Agunbiade (13.5), junior guard Alex Gensler (13.0) and freshman guard Orsi Szecsi (10.8).

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Hiram College Women’s Basketball Rallies To Beat The College of Wooster in NCAC Opener

December 1, 2010


By Jeff Hoedt


WOOSTER  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team erased a 12-point halftime deficit led by sophomore guard Calysia Smyers’ (Akron/Coventry) career and game-high 17 points to defeat The College of Wooster, 62-58, tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 1) in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener in Wooster.  [Game Stats]


Following tonight’s game, the Terriers improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC.  The Fighting Scots are now 1-5 overall and 0-1 NCAC.


Hiram was held to just 25.0 percent (nine-of-36) shooting in the first half and trailed by as many as 17 points, 34-17, with just over a minute remaining the period.


The Terriers scored the final five points of the half on a three-pointer by freshman guard Danielle Day (Newbury) and a jumper by sophomore forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) to trail 34-22 at the break.

 

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