MAYFIELD—A second-half surge led Mayfield to a 60-45 win over visiting Cloverleaf on Thursday.
The Wildcats, who snapped a three-game skid and improved to 4-5 overall, opened the game with a 3-pointer and went on to drain 10 3s in the win.
“Players like Grace Moran stepped up, hitting five 3s,” said Mayfield coach Cullen Harris. “Nav Buttar made two, Gabby Moore made three, so in turn, Cloverleaf had to open up and play a little more man, and that gave us driving lanes. Making shots makes life easier on the offensive end and we did that tonight.”
With the score tied 9-9, Mayfield closed out the first quarter on a 6-0 run and then outscored Cloverleaf in the second quarter, 19-10, to take a 32-19 lead into the locker room.
The Colts were aggressive coming out of the break as they pulled to within five points but Mayfield responded with an 8-0 run and led 46-37 after three.
Mayfield weathered another Cloverleaf run in the fourth to seal the win.
“We had players step up,” Harris said. “They got opportunities to produce and they did that. That is what good teams do. Good teams have those games where they take away your best players, and you have to find ways to survive and win.”
Moran led the Wildcats with 15 points on five 3-pointers while Moore finished with 10 points and Buttar added eight.
“Coach always tells us to keep shooting, even if you are 0-3, keep shooting and they’re not going to go in unless you shoot them,” Moran said.
Laurell Brown led the Colts with 19 points while Saige Foky finished with 10.
Mayfield hosts Chardon on Wednesday.
Mayfield 15 19 14 12 – 60
Cloverleaf 9 10 18 8 – 45
Mayfield (5-5): Moran 15, Moore 10, Buttar 8, Williams 7, Duncan 6, Jennings 6, Peterson 6, D’Angelo 2
Cloverleaf (8-4): Brown 19, Foky 10, Smith 10, Aemogida 3, Hibler 3
Threes: Mayfield 10 (Moran 5, Moore 2, Buttar 2, Williams); Cloverleaf 4 (Foky 2, Smith 2)