Wildcats cruise to win at Garfield Heights

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Mayfield 72, Garfield Heights 46

GARFIELD HEIGHTS–Mayfield used two big first half runs to pull away from host Garfield Heights in a 72-46 non-conference win on Wednesday.

A 10-0 first quarter run helped the Wildcats to turn a two-point lead into a 26-14 advantage and later in the second quarter Mayfield went on a 14-0 run to pull ahead 48-20.

“This was a good team effort,” said Mayfield coach Ryan Looman. “We were able to get everybody into the game and everybody played hard. Any mistakes we did have, we’ll be able to clean up on tape and work on that in practice. I’m happy with the overall team effort.”

The Wildcats, who improved to 1-1, got off to a slow start as they settled into their game plan.

Garfield Heights led 10-7 and 13-10 before Mayfield got it going on defense, which led to more offensive opportunities.

“We stressed pressing the ball,” Looman said. “They beat us early in the first quarter they had a 10-7 lead, so we talked about it and how we’d respond to adversity. In those runs, I was happy with our defense because a lot of those were started in transition. A lot of those were up and down the court and moving the ball.”

Those transition opportunities paved the way for Katelyn Kinczel to score 19 points.

“My big thing is always staying active and being active right from the gate,” Kinczel said. “That’s the big thing that got me going, always moving. Offensively, it was just falling tonight.”

Julia DeBaltzo tied Kinczel with a game-high 19 points.

“They’re our leaders and they were our top two returning scorers so I’m happy they were both able to do it, but I think they did it in different ways,” Looman said. “Katelyn did a great job attacking the baseline and Julia was able to come off some high screens and get into the teeth of that zone a little bit and it worked out.”

Catherine Rock and Hannah Fredrickson both finished with eight points and Juls Consolo pitched in with seven for the Wildcats.

Payton O’Neal led the Wildcats with five rebounds while Rock posted a team-high four assists. Rock and Fredrickson both blocked a shot and Leah Nerone finished 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Rebounding with a win following Saturday’s overtime loss to Hudson in the season opener came at the right time as the Wildcats open Western Reserve Conference play on Wednesday against preseason favorite Eastlake North.

“We definitely came out ready to go,” DeBaltzo said. “We wanted to play better as a team tonight than we did at Hudson. We came out and our shots were falling, we were moving offensively and picked up defensively and it worked out well for us. It definitely was a good momentum-booster for a big game we have coming up.”

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Mayfield 72, Garfield Heights 46

Mayfield (1-1, 0-1): DeBaltzo 19, Kinczel 19, Rock 8, Fredrickson 8, Consolo 7, Nerone 4, Sturkey 4, Edwards 2, O’Neal 1.
Garfield Heights (0-3, 0-0) – Tucker 10, Maze 9, Leonard 9, Warren 8, Saulters 5, Rollins 2, Dickens 2, Warren 1.

Mayfield – 31 17 16 8 – 72
Garfield Heights – 17 8 9 12 – 46

Free throws: Mayfield 18/29, Garfield Heights 15/27; 3-pointers: Mayfield 8 (DeBaltzo 4, Kinczel 3, Consolo), Garfield Heights 1 (Leonard); Rebounds – Mayfield 29 (Consolo 4), Assists: Mayfield 8 (Rock 5), JV – Mayfield won 51-22

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