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    Mentor cruises past Perry on Senior Night

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    MENTOR—Mentor started slowly but found its groove in the second quarter of a 53-22 Senior Night win over Perry on Wednesday.

    With the win, the Cardinals improved to 10-5 overall.

    “The five seniors out there made a nice run at the start of the second quarter,” said Mentor head coach James Hrusovsky. “After that we kept the pressure up; that’s been our goal all year.”

    Perry and Mentor battled to a 10-10 tie in the first quarter, but the Cardinals used a 12-2 second-quarter run to pull away from the Pirates at the break.

    Mentor connected on eight 3-pointers in the game, seven of which came in the second half.

    “We had a really off night Monday night shooting the three ball,” Hrusovsky said. “It was nice to see the ball go in for us tonight.”

    Five of Mentor’s six seniors started the game.

    Christina Katava was the lone senior not to play, but she contributed in other ways.

    “Christina was the loudest voice on the bench tonight,” Hrusovsky said of his senior. “She was picking people up when they’re down, encouraging others to keep their energy up.”

    Senior Izzy Coode led the charge for the Cardinals as she scored 10 points, which included back-to-back 3-pointers to start the third quarter.

    Ten other Cardinals scored in the win.

    “We’re constantly playing 10 girls a night,” Hrusovsky said. “We can really play the style we want to play.”

    Alex Ferrito scored all nine of her points in the second half, Sophia Stouffer and Mallory Chicone each contributed with six points, Kayden McKinney and Maggie Hawley pitched in with five points each, Nina Rodriguez and Lexi Berwald scored three points each, and Lyla Willis and Ella Cindric rounded out the scoring with two points.

    The Cardinals not only recorded their 10th win of the season, but they extended their winning streak to two straight with key Greater Cleveland Conference games on the horizon.

    “We’ve got two tough GCC opponents coming up,” Hrusovsky said. “Our girls are excited about having good battles for the next few games, but we’re taking it one game at a time.”

    Perry dropped to 9-4.

    Victoria Lynch and Rosalyn Tharp each scored nine points for the Pirates while Mia Lynch and Audrey Austin each scored two.

    Mentor hosts Brunswick on Saturday while Perry travels to Chagrin Falls.

     

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