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    Mayfield overcomes shooting woes to beat Shaker Heights

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    Mayfield shot just 25-percent from the floor and 36-percent from the free throw line but pulled out a 50-47 nonconference win over visiting Shaker Heights on Saturday.

    With the win, the Wildcats improved to 3-3 on the year.

    “The No. 1 thing here is we will always take a win, we don’t care how they come or when,” Mayfield coach Ryan Looman said. “It was ugly and for the most part, we didn’t play well. That being said, there were still times today when where we were playing with the intensity we needed and a few times we were able to push the lead out to 18 points, but Shaker kept battling and kept themselves around at the end.”

    Shaker Heights led after the first quarter 11-9 but the Wildcats used a 15-5 run in the second to take a 24-19 lead into the break.

    “Our message at half was to follow through,” Looman said. “Any chance you have to score, get a stop, be a good teammate, follow through and complete the possession. I think today just reiterated that. We follow through and finish and today probably isn’t close to what it was. The E+R= O analogy came into play, so just preaching to our girls that even when shots aren’t falling we just need to work even harder in other facets of the game to make an impact.”

    Mayfield extended the lead to 39-29 after three and held off the Red Raiders in the fourth, despite being outscored 18-11.

    “We flat out didn’t shoot the ball well or take advantage of opportunities we had, but I was happy with how our girls kept working to manufacture shots and a really good look at the rim,” Looman said. “We took 66 shots today and were OK with all of the looks we got. Just chalk it off to an off night and move on.”

    Julianna Nicolli and Catherine Rock each scored 10 points to pace the Wildcats. Lillie Edwards and Sincere Lucas each contributed with seven and Ashley Dearden added six.

    Lucas also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

    “I was proud of how our girls fought through the on-court adversity of not shooting well,” Looman said. “Every time they made a run someone responded. That not caving or backing down will benefit us in the long run.”

    Mayfield travels to Kenston on Dec. 18.

    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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