It took Chardon some time to find its rhythm on offense but the Hilltoppers played well enough on defense to pull out a 48-35 win over visiting Brush on Wednesday.
The Hilltoppers limited the Arcs to just three points in the first quarter and nine in the second, which included a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“Our defense was great every quarter,” said Chardon coach Cullen Harris. “In the third quarter, they made some shots, but we played really, really well defensively in the first half especially. Kids are buying in defensively in the half court. We can continue to do that if we keep working at it.”
Chardon’s offense went to work in the second quarter as the Hilltoppers outscored the Arcs, 16-9.
“We stopped turning the ball over and we started taking care of the ball a little better,” Harris said. “We were attacking the rim with a little more purpose. We shot 34 free throws because we were attacking the basket hard and not shying away from contact.”
Grace Bradley, Halle Landies, and Sydney Feller each scored 11 points for the Hilltoppers while Faith DiLillo pitched in with seven and Danni McCartney and Lindsey Nichols both contributed with four.
“We had balanced scoring and that’s kind of what we expected,” Harris said. “We got 11 from three different kids and contributions from a couple others. Faith gave us seven and Lindsey gave us four and that’s what we anticipated going into the season. Everybody takes care of the ball and everybody has their role and fills it.”
Chardon’s success on offense was the result of creating mismatches.
“We were just trying to exploit the matchup problems,” Harris said. “They have some pretty good posts, but on the flipside of that, those posts have to guard some taller, stronger perimeter players like Grace Bradley or Danni McCartney or Halle Landies. We tried to figure out where the matchup advantage was for us and attack that. We’re doing a lot better job these last seven or eight games of moving the ball and working together instead of trying to work as a bunch of individuals. When we do that we can be pretty successful.”
Danajah Sanders scored a game-high 16 points for the Arcs and Jenna Perry finished with six.
Chardon improved to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in the Western Reserve Conference.
Chardon 48, Brush 35
Brush (4-8, 4-4 WRC): Sanders 16, Perry 6, Jeter 5, Kyle 3, Johnson 3, Lester 2
Chardon (8-7, 5-4 WRC): Bradley 11, Landies 11, Feller 11, DiLillo 7, McCartney 4, Nichols 4
Brush 3 9 15 8 – 35
Chardon 4 16 11 17 – 48
Field goals: Brush 11/61, Chardon 12/40; Free throws: Brush 9/17, Chardon 21/34; 3-pointers: Brush 4 (Sanders, Kyle, Johnson), Chardon 3 (Feller 3); Rebounds: Brush 29, Chardon 40 JV: Chardon over Brush