Three score in double figures to lead Mayfield past Copley

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Katelyn Kinczel

Katelyn Kinczel scored a game-high 18 points and two other Mayfield players scored in double figures in a 52-46 win over visiting Copley on Wednesday.

Catherine Rock added 16 points and Juliana Nicolli finished with 10 to lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 record this season.

“This is the kind of start we were hoping for,” Mayfield coach Ryan Looman said. “We had an emotional game for us on Saturday and then coming back against a really good Copley team proved to be a challenge for us, but I love how the girls responded. Copley was really long, athletic and could shoot the ball, so I was proud of our defensive effort tonight and most importantly how we are jelling as a unit.”

Mayfield outscored Copley in the second quarter, 17-13, to take a 28-24 lead into halftime.

The Indians cut the Wildcat lead to just one point heading into the fourth quarter but Mayfield finished the game with a 14-9 advantage to seal their second straight win.

“We loved the balance offensively,” Looman said. “Katelyn really had it going in the first half and coming out of halftime you could tell they were gunning to stop her. That’s where Catherine really stepped up in the second a half and really finished the game in the fourth with eight points. I was super impressed by her, as she not only scored 16, but also held their leading scorer, who was coming off a couple of 20 point games, to seven. Julianna Nicolli continues to pick her spots and get out in transition. She does that so well and knows how to play to her strengths.”

Payton O’Neal and Hannah Peterson each scored two points but it was their effort on the glass that really impacted the game. Peterson tied Kinczel with eight rebounds and O’Neal finished with six.

“Our two young post players really stepped up rebounding the ball,” Looman said. “Copley has an athletic senior post player who was a handful for us, but to see Hannah Peterson and Payton O’Neal hold their own on the glass meant a ton to us.”

In addition to leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounds, Kinczel also drained three 3-pointers.

“It’s super exciting starting out 2-0,” she said. “We have been working really hard in practice and it’s nice to see that paying off. It’s still very early in the season, so we’re just taking every game in stride to get better for the next one. Tonight, my shot was falling in the first half so that was a major contribution. In the second half, I was running the floor more and playing more of inside-out, so that also contributed.”

Lillie Edwards and Ashley Dearden both contributed to the win with two points.

“I’m really happy with how our team mentally came into tonight,” Looman said. “We were without captain and starter Juls Consolo who was home sick today and the team really rallied together and showed great character and resiliency for the second game in a row.”

Mayfield 52, Copley 46

Copley (1-2): Brenner 11, Farkas 2, Dente 9, Heap 17, Brown 7

Mayfield (2-0, 0-0): Kinczel 18, Rock 16, Nicolli 10, Edwards 2, Dearden 2, O’Neal 2, Peterson 2.

Copley 11 13 13 9 – 46
Mayfield 11 17 10 14 – 52

Free throws: Copley 6/10 Mayfield 6/13; 3-pointers: Copley 3 (Dente 2) Mayfield 4 (Kinczel 3); Rebounds – Mayfield 32 (Kinczel 8, Peterson 8), Steals: Mayfield 7 (Rock 4, Nicolli 3), Assists: Mayfield 8 (Rock 7)

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