Balanced effort leads Chardon past Maple Heights

Sydney Feller

Three Chardon players scored in double figures and all five starters scored at least six points in a 60-39 win over visiting Maple Heights on Wednesday.

The Hilltoppers improved to 2-0 on the year.

“That was a solid win over a long and athletic Maple Heights team,” Chardon coach Cullen Harris said. “We’re still trying to figure things out without Halle Landies, who is out for the season with an injury, and we’re making steps each day toward finding our new normal. We got a great team effort from all five starters and got contributions from another five-plus off the bench that allowed us to stay fresh and active on the boards and defensively. I’m very happy with our overall effort tonight from all players.”

Chardon led 18-9 after the first quarter and 30-15 at halftime.

Sydney Feller led Chardon with 15 points while Tori Butala added 12 and Danni McCartney also finished in double figures with 10. Sam Liechty added eight, Lindsey Nichols finished with four and Kayla Noerr pitched in with four. Jessica Doyle and Anna Pastor finished with three and two points, respectively.

That offensive balance allowed the Hilltoppers to maintain their attack throughout the game.

“We may not have the kid who will average 20 points per game, but we have six or seven kids who can score 10 on a given night, which allows us to play to our strengths relative to our opponent,” Harris said. “Sydney Feller shot it well tonight. Her teammates did a great job of getting downhill and making crisp clean passes to her shooting pocket. When Syd is making shots, it’s a thing of beauty.”

Feller hit five of Chardon’s six 3-pointers.

“My teammates did a great job of driving and kicking when my defender slid in to help the drive,” she said. “Every shot came from the inside to outside and not just around the perimeter. My teammates get all the credit for that.”

Butala added eight rebounds to go with her 12 points.

“She’s really giving us a nice presence inside,” Harris said. “Her work this summer is paying off.”

Chardon outrebounded Maple Heights, 37-35.

The Hilltoppers host Canfield on Saturday.

Chardon 60, Maple Hts 37

Maple Hts (0-2): Maple 10, Alston 9, Jones 8, Greene 5, Mitchell 4, Williams 1
Chardon (2-0): Feller 15, Butala 12, McCartney 10, Liechty 8, Nichols 6, Noerr 4, Doyle 3, Pastor 2

Maple Hts 9 6 16 6 – 37
Chardon 18 12 19 11 – 60

Field goals: Maple Hts 13/54, Chardon 24/62; Free throws: Maple Hts 9/16, Chardon 6/11; 3-pointers: Maple Hts 2 (Maple, Alston), Chardon 6 (Feller 5, Doyle) Rebounds: Maple Hts 35, Chardon 37

JV: Chardon 57, Maple 29