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    Huskies put it all together in win over Mustangs


    Cardinal has had trouble at times this season to put together a complete game. The Huskies didn’t have that issue in Saturday’s 50-37 win over visiting Grand Valley.

    “Our goal was to come out and play four complete quarters,” Cardinal coach Joe DiMattia said. “We’ve struggled at times this year to come out and play like we should. We were disappointed on Wednesday at Lakeside because we should have hung with that team, but we fell behind 16-2 before we got going, and we needed to make sure that didn’t happen again.”

    Taylor Soltis and Julianna Pollack helped the Huskies to build a halftime lead.

    Soltis scored four of her eight in the first quarter and Pollack drained a pair of 3s in the first half.

    “Taylor came out and was playing great hitting her shots and getting steals,” DiMattia said. “Julianna Pollack knocked down some 3s in the first half as well. In the second half, our intensity was cranked up and we started to pull away with some easy buckets.”

    After being held scoreless in the first half, Haley Domen found her rhythm in the second and finished with a team-high 16 points.

    “I was getting everyone involved because Grand Valley was mostly focused on me and taking me away,” Domen said of the first half. “But in the second half, I played my game and a big thanks to all my teammates who encouraged me on throughout the game and just played our game.”

    Domen also added eight rebounds, five assists and six steals.

    Soltis and Hailey Keller each finished the game with eight points and Ronee Collins, Pollack and Brianna Doolittle all contributed with six.

    “Brianna Doolittle is starting to come around again after falling into a little slump,” DiMattia said. “She had six points, eight boards and six steals. Freshmen Hailey Keller and Ronee Collins had big games too. Keller had eight points and five boards and did a good job of keeping Grand Valley’s Alexis Mahaffey from getting every single rebound. Ronee had six points and had her hand in a lot of Grand Valley’s turnovers.”

    Cardinal outscored the Mustangs in the fourth quarter, 13-6, to seal the win.

    “Hats off to Bob (McKinney) though, because he was missing quite a few players and starters due to injury and other issues, but they gave us a good game and it wasn’t easy,” DiMattia said. “We are coming around though. We had a tough start to the season, but the girls are learning how they have to play if we expect to compete.”

    Mahaffey led Grand Valley with 16 points and Hallie Soltis finished with eight.

    Steve Hare
    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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