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    Balanced scoring leads Mayfield past Cleveland Heights

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    MAYFIELD—Three players scored in double figures as Mayfield improved to 2-0 with a 55-39 win over visiting Cleveland Heights on Saturday.

    Uriah Jennings and Gabby Moore both scored 13 points to lead the Wildcats while Alex Duncan finished with 11. Nav Buttar contributed with eight points.

    “If you would have told me coming in that we would win by 16, I would take that any day of the week,” said Mayfield coach Cullen Harris. “We got some pretty balanced scoring from Gabby and Alex and Nav and Uriah Jennings. We got some nice contributions from our post players too, so I’m looking forward to what we can continue to be.”

    The Wildcats opened the game on a 16-7 run and led at halftime, 24-17. They held double-digit leads in every quarter and finished off the Tigers with an 18-11 fourth quarter.

    Hannah Peterson, who found herself in early foul trouble, finished with four points. With Peterson on the bench, the Tigers found more success in the paint.

    “We were we were battling some foul issues with some starters and particularly our post player, Hannah Peterson and they have a really nice post player with (Peyton) Smith,” Harris said. “She was a load so when Hannah had to come out and Sincere (Lucas) was in there and she did OK but we’re better with Hannah in there. They went on some runs but we handled it and did what we needed to do.”

    Duncan scored in double-digits and was extremely effective in handling the pressure Cleveland Heights threw at her.

    “She is such a tough-nosed kid and she’s hard as nails and she’s just level-headed and nothing gets her rattled,” Harris said. “It’s just really great to have that kid out there. Her smile lights up the room and she’s just great to be around and I think her teammates really like her and buy into her. It’s just a coach’s dream come true at the point guard position and you add her with our wings like Nav and Gabby and Uriah, and our posts like Hannah and Sincere and our wings, we can do a lot of really great things.”

    The Wildcats have so far exceeded Harris’ expectations as far as developing under a new system this year after he left Chardon and replaced Ryan Looman as head coach at Mayfield.

    “I think they’re exceeding my expectations in leaving a place where you have great kids and great parents, and that’s always tough because it’s not like that everywhere,” Harris said. “I’m super lucky because it is absolutely like that here. The kids are, ‘yes sir,’ or, ‘no sir,’ type of kids, and the parents have been awesome. They all just work really hard and they love basketball, so in that aspect, I couldn’t ask for more.”

    Despite the 2-0 start, the Wildcats remain a work in progress.

    “As far as the Xs and Os, the basketball stuff, it’s a process,” Harris said. “We’re doing things a little bit differently than they have been done in the past but they’re adapting to it and they’re answering the bell and taking things in stride. They have all bought in and jumped in with two feet and I think we’re going to continue to be better.”

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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