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    Kirtland offense thrives in win over Beachwood

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    Kirtland scored 50 or more points for the fourth time this season in a 50-19 win at Beachwood on Monday.

    Emily Ridgeway led the Hornets with 18 points.

    “My dad (Kirtland coach Matt Ridgeway) always says that we need to play our best basketball by the end of the year, and I think we truly are,” Ridgeway said. “It’s really fun and exciting to see everyone play together and work to perfect the little things.”

    Ridgeway found her stroke early as she drained three 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Hornets jumped out to a 13-7 lead over the Bison, and she added seven more points in the second quarter to send the Hornets into the break leading 28-11.

    Kirtland’s defense took it from there.

    The Hornets allowed just two third-quarter points and six in the fourth to seal their win.

    “We really wanted to focus on taking care of the ball and playing great defense, which we accomplished both,” Ridgeway said. “We did a very good job passing the ball, which was amazing.”

    While Ridgeway posted a game-high 18 points, Kristiana Katic contributed to the win with nine points, Jaden Attinato pitched in with seven, Olivia Dolovacky and Anna Dumstorff both scored three, and Kennedy Boyd, Paige Dolovacky, and Lauren Palagyi each finished with two points.

    “They played a zone, so the wing was open most of the time,” Ridgeway said of the team’s offensive success. “Every time I got the ball I looked to shoot or pass it into our bigs.”

    It took the Hornets quite some time to settle in on the offensive end of the court this season, but Kirtland is hitting its stride as the regular season nears its end and the postseason is set to begin.

    “Putting in the work definitely helps,” Ridgeway said. “Every Sunday, we have a couple teammates go down and shoot, which is definitely translating into our play. It was really awesome to see Chloe Hansen step up tonight with great offensive and defensive play.”

    The Hornets travel to Lake Catholic on Wednesday.

    Beachwood’s Goldi Aschkenasy led the Bison with eight points.

     

    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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