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    Kirtland honors seniors with win over St. Martin

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    Kirtland honored its seniors on Saturday with a 57-34 win over visiting St. Martin.

    The Hornets rallied back from a 13-7 first-quarter deficit to improve to 8-7 on the season.

    “It was fun,” said Kirtland coach Matt Ridgeway. “We had all five seniors start today and they got to play throughout the game. Everybody played and 14 kids contributed. Paidge Dolovacky came out and scored 12 points on Senior Night, so it was pretty cool for her and it was a good all-around win for everybody.”

    The Hornets mounted their comeback in the second quarter.

    Kennedy Boyd scored seven of her nine points and Emily Ridgeway scored five of her six in the frame.

    Kirtland took a 24-18 lead into the break and then outscored St. Martin in the second half, 28-25, to seal their win.

    Dolovacky was limited to just two points in the first half but closed out the game with eight in the third and two more in the fourth to finish with a team-high 12.

    “I was so happy that I got to have such a successful game, especially on senior day because it made the whole experience even more special,” Dolovacky said. “Also, because recently I feel like I haven’t been playing to my full potential, but this game has shown what I am truly capable of.”

    Dolovacky’s success was the result of her effort on the defensive end.

    “The key to racking up so many points was the first steal I had that turned into a layup and that started the rest of the baskets I made,” she said. “I felt empowered to work super hard the rest of the game and keep scoring more points. Overall, this was a great game and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings.”

    Kristiana Katic led the Hornets with 15 points, Jaden Attinato scored eight, Brynn Bradac finished with four, and Olivia Dolovacky added three points in the win.

    The Hornets travel to Rootstown on Monday with the hopes of building on the momentum they have created heading into the final third of the season.

    “I really don’t know what to expect other than we want to create good habits,” Coach Ridgeway said. “That’s really what we’re trying to do right now. If we create good habits, and we maintain consistency with those good habits, we feel we can compete with anyone.”

     

     

    Steve Hare
    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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