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    Hornets get back on track


    The sting of defeat didn’t sit well with the Kirtland girls’ basketball team. Since losing to Chardon on Jan. 4, the Hornets have won two straight games in a dominating fashion.

    On Saturday, Kirtland improved to 4-1 overall with a 55-23 win over visiting Crestwood, which followed a 51-11 win over Wickliffe on Wednesday.

    “We knew we needed a couple of solid wins to build up our confidence,” said Kirtland coach Brittany Zele. “Wickliffe and Crestwood have great staffs that are developing their programs and you can see the difference between last season and this season. Even though we won convincingly in both games, the competition has improved, so we felt good coming out of those games.”

    The Hornets led just 16-10 after the first quarter but a 19-2 second-quarter run left Kirtland in a comfortable position at halftime.

    Reilly Greenlee led Kirtland with a game-high 22 points.

    “It was good to see her battle through some shooting slumps and make smart decisions on the offensive end,” Zele said.

    Macy McIntosh scored eight points, Haley Coso contributed with seven and Leah LaVerde and Amalie Gettig both pitched in with six.

    Kirtland’s balanced offense was set up by its stingy defense that limited Crestwood standouts Ava Mory, Ericka Hager and Kylie Krupp to just six, six and four points, respectively.

    “Crestwood has a couple of solid players that we talked about in our scouting report,” Zele said. “We knew who to shut down and focus on and the girls did just that. The first quarter was a little rocky but Macy and Haley did a great job defending Krupp and Mory and when we switched to a zone, the team as a whole was able to contain them.”

    Kirtland travels to Grand Valley on Wednesday.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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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