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    Mayfield clutch at line in win over South

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    Mayfield was clutch at the free throw line in a 39-27 win at Western Reserve Conference rival South on Wednesday.

    The Wildcats, who have struggled at times converting free throw opportunities, finished 10-of-11 overall and 7-of-8 from the line in the fourth quarter.

    “Winning league games is always hard,” said Mayfield coach Cullen Harris. “It’s always satisfying to find a way to win when you don’t have your best performance shooting the ball. We did enough little things to give ourselves a chance tonight. Making free throws, particularly in the fourth quarter, was key to helping us score when perimeter shots weren’t falling.”

    Jenna D’Angelo drained a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to help the Wildcats establish an early 11-6 lead.

    She hit another three in the second quarter as Mayfield took an 18-11 lead into the break and finished with 11 points to help the Wildcats open conference play with a win.

    “It was very important to our team because we have been putting in the work,” D’Angelo said of the WRC victory. “Opening the conference with a win sets the tone and gives us more determination to win upcoming conference games.”

    D’Angelo scored nine of her 11 points in the first half before handing off the baton to teammate Olivia Williams, who scored a game-high 16 points.

    “The key to getting hot early in the game was having confidence in my shot and knowing my teammates had my back if I missed,” D’Angelo said.

    Williams scored four points in the third and added seven in the fourth, including hitting 5-of-6 free throw tries.

    Nav Buttar contributed to the win with eight points, and Alexa Januszewski and Gabby Moore each finished with two.

    Mayfield’s defense did the rest.

    “The kids play hard on the defensive end,” Harris said. “We limited penetration and kept the ball out of the lane. They made 10 field goals and seven were threes. We finished possessions with defensive rebounds.”

    With the win, the Wildcats improved to 5-4 overall and 1-0 in the WRC.

    “We definitely need to stay positive and work together as a team,” D’Angelo said. “The wins give us more motivation to keep giving it our all in the games to come.”

    Lacie Luketic led South with 16 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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