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    Mayfield offense shines in win at Euclid

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    Mayfield bounced back from a tough offensive day in a loss to North Canton Hoover on Saturday with an impressive offensive outing in a 61-30 win at Euclid on Monday.

    The Wildcats outscored the Panthers in the first quarter, 21-5, and never looked back.

    “We moved the ball well, less dribbling and more ball movement, making the extra passes,” said Cullen Harris of his team’s offensive performance. “When you rely on shooting a lot of jumpers you have those nights where the shots don’t fall. I was proud of our effort in our last two games, we still gave ourselves a chance to compete despite not shooting the ball well. Then you have an opportunity like tonight where you make the first couple shots and everybody is feeling good, more shots are going up, and you’re playing loose. They shot the ball with more confidence tonight.”

    Nav Buttar drained a pair of 3-pointers and Jenna D’Angelo scored seven of her nine points in the first quarter to help the Wildcats secure the momentum.

    Olivia Williams, who led Mayfield with 19 points, scored eight points in the second to send the Wildcats into the break with an 18-point halftime lead, 31-13.

    “Tonight, it felt great to go out there and be able to create many opportunities to score,” Williams said. “Offensively, we worked well together and finished strong at the rim and also shot well. It has been hard to start playing games again after barely having any games over break, but we keep moving forward.”

    Buttar finished the game with 17 points and Gabby Moore gave the Wildcats a third player in double figures as she scored 11.

    “The key to our success on offense tonight started by getting stops and steals and being aggressive on defense,” Williams said. “Coach Harris always tells us when our hands and feet are ready that we should shoot with confidence and that is what we did tonight. Also, we were very strong driving to the hoop and getting fouled.”

    The Wildcats converted 14-of-19 free throws compared to 12-of-25 in Saturday’s loss.

    Williams in particular had a better day by converting 8-of-9 tries.

    “Tonight, I played with more confidence and drove to the rim and took shots when I was open,” she said. “Pushing the ball in transition was key to getting to the rim and scoring. I drove to the hoop more than I did Saturday and drew many fouls, which led me to shoot several free throws.”

    Alexa Januszewski scored three points in the win and Taylor Arth added two for the Wildcats, who improved to 4-4. Mayfield travels to South on Wednesday.

     

    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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