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    Mayfield offense stymied in loss to Hoover

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    Mayfield never got its offense going in a 42-30 non-conference loss to visiting North Canton Hoover on Saturday.

    The Wildcats, who dropped to 3-4, also struggled from the free throw line where they connected on just 12-of-25 opportunities.

    “It’s hard to win games when you’re 12-of-25 from the free throw line,” said Mayfield coach Cullen Harris. “You can’t miss 13 free throws when they’re keeping us out of offensive rhythm. A lot of that was their aggressive and physical play. The officials were calling the fouls and we had an opportunity to punish them for those fouls but we didn’t.”

    The Wildcats connected on just 1-of-5 free throws in the first quarter as the visiting Vikings jumped out to an 8-3 lead.

    Mayfield closed out the first half 4-of-11 from the line and trailed Hoover, 21-10.

    “We’re not going to go 25-of-25 from the line, but if we go 17-for-25, that’s five more points and then it’s a different ballgame when it’s seven points instead of 12,” Harris said. “We’ve got to learn to give ourselves those opportunities and take what the defense gives us, but it’s a process.”

    Nav Buttar scored seven of her 10 points in the third quarter to help the Wildcats match Hoover’s 14 points in the frame, but the Wildcats were limited to just six points in the fourth.

    Olivia Williams also scored 10 points in the game, Alexa Januszewski added six, Gabby Moore pitched in with three, and Maddie Williams scored one for the Wildcats.

    “Not that I’m one for excuses, but we had a big layoff and then we come back and play probably the two most physical teams we’ll see all year (Mentor and Hoover),” Harris said. “I think that was an eye-opening experience for us and we have some things to learn from. We’re going to learn from these games and get ready for Monday (against Euclid) because we have 14 games left in the next two months, but I’m proud of the effort. They competed, played hard, and gave their all and that’s all we can ask.”

    Hoover’s Zoe McCort scored a game-high 21 points and Olivia Yocum also scored in double figures with 10 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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