ELYRIA — After a close quarter and a half, Bay pulled away before halftime and never looked back, defeating Clearview 58-46 in a Division II District Semifinal game at Elyria High School on Monday night.
Bay opened a 17-7 lead after a quarter as Haley Andrejcak scored 7 points in the first quarter. Maddie Andrews hit a three as well for the Rockets in the first quarter, but was sent to bench with two fouls midway through the first quarter.
Clearview responded in the second quarter, going on a 6-0 run to start the second quarter. Brooke Rebman and Brandyce Smith each had field goals to cut into the lead, then Rebman made a pair of free throws to cut the lead down to 17-13 midway through the quarter. Then the Rockets took over. Maddie Edgerly scored 7 points as the Rockets closed the first half on a 14-0 run to lead 31-13 at the break.
Bay fared very well against Clearview’s defense in the early parts of the third quarter, getting open driving lanes to the basket to extend the lead. Halle Orr scored 6 of her 14 points in the third quarter. Brooke Rebman tried to keep Clearview in the game, scoring 7 in the quarter, but the Rockets outscored Clearview 19-12 in the third to double up the Clippers 50-25 after three.
The Clippers didn’t quit though. Facing a large deficit in the fourth, Clearview chipped into the Bay lead. The Lady Clippers forced 8 Rocket turnovers in the fourth quarter, and Brooke Rebman scored 15 of her game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter as Clearview outscored Bay 21-8 in the fourth quarter.
Clearview seniors Brandyce Smith and Alyzabeth Lighty finished their careers tonight. Smith scored 7 points tonight to finish her Clearview career at 1,086 career points. Lighty did not score in the game, but played tough interior defense and was physical on the offensive and defensive glass tonight.
Brooke Rebman scored 31 to lead the Clippers, Smith had 7 and LeAnna Rogers had 6 to lead the Clippers. Maddie Edgerly led the Rockets with 19 points, while Halle Orr had 14, Haley Andrejcak had 10 and Maddie Andrews had 8.
Bay improves to 16-8 overall and advances to the District Championship game on Thursday night, where the Rockets will face the Cloverleaf Colts, who defeated the Holy Name Green Wave in the first game of tonight’s district semifinals.
Clearview finishes its season with a 17-6 overall record, a vast improvement from the 5-win season just last year. There is much to be proud of this season. Brandyce Smith became the fourth girl to score 1,000 points in her basketball career. Clearview won a sectional championship for the first time in 11 years. Brooke Rebman’s 24/30 free throw performance against Lorain tied her for third most free throws in a single girls game in state history. And several new faces to the varsity roster joined the team and made significant contributions this season.
Bay 58, Clearview 46
Clearview 7 6 12 21 46
Bay 17 14 19 8 58
CLEARVIEW (46): Fabi Rosalez-Sadler 0-0-0, Arrianna Noble 0-0-0, Samantha Jancsura 0-0-0, Brandyce Smith 3-0-7, Alyzabeth Lighty 0-0-0, Brooke Rebman 10-7-31, Olivia Romes 0-0-0, Ariana Vazquez 1-0-2, Madilyn Love 0-0-0, LeAnna Rogers 2-2-6. TOTALS: 16-9-46.
BAY (58): Kayla Koz 0-0-0, Maddie Hibbs 0-1-1, Audrey Hyland 0-0-0, Caroline Fowles 0-0-0, Maddie Edgerly 7-5-19, Jen Hanslik 0-0-0, Halle Orr 7-0-14, Grace Linenan 0-0-0, Haley Andrejcak 4-1-10, Jessica Rychel 1-0-2, Barbara Aldridge 1-2-4, Maddie Andres 3-0-8, Maeve Johnston 0-0-0, Grace Chilton 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23-9-58.
Turnovers: Bay 14, Clearview 9. Three Point Field Goals: Clearview 5 (Smith, Rebman 4), Bay 3 (Andrejcak, Andrews 2). Team Fouls: Clearview 11, Bay 11. Fouled Out: None. Technical Fouls: None. Free Throws: Clearview 9-11, Bay 9-15. Bench Scoring: Bay 7, Clearview 6.