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    Williams scores 18 as Mayfield tops South

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    Sophomore Olivia Williams scored a game-high 18 points in Mayfield’s 48-41 Western Reserve Conference win over visiting South on Saturday.

    The Wildcats trailed the Rebels at halftime, 22-15, but outscored their hosts in the second half, 33-19, to seal their eighth win of the season.

    “It was not our best performance in the first half,” said Mayfield coach Cullen Harris. “We were kind of sloppy and lackadaisical, so we kind of challenged the team at halftime and we challenged some of our younger kids who are sophomores and kind of put it to them. You’re not inexperienced anymore, you’ve played 14 games, so we need you to step up and take those open looks and quit deferring to others. They took that call and made a couple of shots, and we were able to swing the momentum in the third quarter and held on in the fourth.”

    Jenna D’Angelo was another sophomore that stepped up in the second half to help the Wildcats overcome their first-half deficit.

    D’Angelo finished with nine points.

    Nav Buttar also scored in double figures for the Wildcats with 13, Hailey Inmon added six, and Alex DiPippo finished with two.

    “I was very pleased,” Harris said of the offensive production. “Having been a head coach for a number of years, I understand there are going to be growing pains and there’s going to be a learning curve. That’s part of the development and part of the process, so I’m excited with what we’re doing. Sometimes, they get a big moment to kind of step up and take that challenge, and they may fall flat on their face, and we’ve had that happen to us earlier in the year where we’ve been challenged and didn’t answer the bell. We’re very comfortable with what our team is doing and how we’re growing.”

    Emma McCue led the Rebels with 15 points.

    Mayfield hosts North on Wednesday.

     

     

    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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