KIRTLAND—Kirtland got off to a hot start offensively and the Hornets stifled Streetsboro’s offense in a 48-25 non-conference win on Saturday.
The Hornets, who improved to 2-0, jumped out to an 11-0 lead and didn’t allow a Streetsboro bucket until less than two minutes were remaining in the first quarter.
“Setting the tone was a game-changer against this team,” said Kirtland coach Brittany Zele. “We knew we had to strike first and hard in order to get the mental advantage.”
Macy McIntosh scored eight of her 10 points in the opening quarter—including the first eight points of the game—as she benefited from Kirtland’s defensive aggression against the Rockets.
Kirtland recorded 13 steals in the game with Reilly Greenlee and Leah LaVerde each collecting three.
“Offensively, we want to run the ball and we get to do that a lot with transition points and steals,” Zele said. “We take high-percentage shots as much as we can by driving and passing. One of the girls’ strongest attributes is understanding how a defense will move and finding the driving and passing lanes.”
Greenlee also led the Hornets with a game-high 18 points.
Haley Coso added 10 and also posted a game-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
“Boxing out is always a focus, even more so against a team that is taller than us and Haley led the way in pulling down those rebounds,” Zele said. “Macy came out on fire. She is so strong and can finish around the hoop with girls hanging off her arms. It was nice to see her play in the guard position and create plays for herself and her teammates.”
McIntosh finished the day 5-of-7 from the floor and Greenlee was 3-for-6 from behind the 3-point line.
Kirtland finished the game with 33 rebounds.
The Hornets travel to Chardon on Monday.