Girls Varsity Basketball · Girls Basketball: Clippers Defeat East Tech in Tournament Opener

CLEVELAND — The 10th seeded Clearview Clippers upset 7th seeded East Tech, 58-52, in the opening round of the OHSAA State Tournament on Saturday in play in the Division II Elyria District.

Clearview led 10-9 after a period, with Brooke Rebman scoring 8 of Clearview’s 10 in the first quarter.  East Tech’s Somiloh Letman had 6 in the first for the Scarabs.

Clearview opened a 5-point halftime lead, 26-21, behind baskets from Samantha Jancsura, Ariana Vazquez, LeAnna Rogers and ten more points from Brooke Rebman.  Jaida Malone had 6 in the second quarter for East Tech.

The intensity ratcheted up coming out of the locker room for the second half.  East Tech aggressively pressured Rebman in the half court, causing the Scarabs’ Somiloh Letman to pick up three quick fouls in the first few minutes of the quarter.  Jaida Malone was next on the call on the defensive end, picking up a pair of fouls as well.  Rebman picked up three fouls in the period as well, one a double foul on the offensive end, then two of them on defense.  East Tech outscored Clearview 20-16 in the third, as Jade Ward had 9 points in the quarter.  Rebman added 8 points, while junior Ariana Vazquez had 6 of her own.

East Tech took a lead early in the fourth quarter and led as late as 48-44.  Jada Ward scored all 7 points in the Scarabs run to the lead.  But the Clippers closed the game on a 14-4 run.  First, LeAnna Rogers cut the deficit to 48-46 with a bucket, then Ariana Vazquez hit a bucket to tie the game at 48. After Ward scored again to put East Tech back ahead 50-48, the Clippers responded.  Brooke Rebman got to the free throw line and made a pair to tie the game again at 50.  LeAnna Rogers made a go-ahead field goal to put the Clippers up 52-50, then Ward tied it again at 52.

Tied at 52 with 1:03 to play, Vazquez earned a trip to the free throw line, where she split a pair to put the Clippers up 53-52.  After East Tech failed on the offensive end, Rebman split a pair of free throws to push the lead to 54-52.  Another empty possession for East Tech, followed by Rebman getting to the free throw line again and making a pair, extending the Clipper lead to two possessions.  East Tech again came up empty, with Vazquez closing the game with two free throws to seal the win.

Clearview improves to 12-10 overall and advances in the tournament.  They will travel to #2 seed Buckeye on Thursday night at 7 p.m. to face the Bucks for a sectional championship.

Brooke Rebman finished with 31 points for the Clippers, with Ariana Vazquez adding 15, 11 of those coming in the second half.  LeAnna Rogers also had 8 points.  For East Tech, freshman Jade Ward led with 24 points, while Jaida Malone had 12 and Somiloh Letman had 10.

Clearview 58, East Tech 52

Clearview             10              16              16              16              58
East Tech               9               12              20             11              52

CLEARVIEW (58):  Arriana Noble 1-0-2, Samantha Jancsura 1-0-2, Brooke Rebman 10-10-31, Olivia Romes 0-0-0, Ariana Vazquez 6-3-15, LeAnna Rogers 4-0-8, Madison Pennington 0-0-0.  TOTALS: 22-13-58.

EAST TECH (52):  Anon Brown 2-0-4, Jade Ward 9-5-24, Somiloh Letman 3-4-10, Jaida Malone 5-0-12, Artica Conner 0-0-0, Ayjana Hicks 0-0-0, Alanna Analen 1-0-2, Armani Kirts 0-0-0, Ellesse Dawson 0-0-0.  TOTALS:  20-9-52.

Turnovers:  Clearview 11, East Tech 10.  Three Point Field Goals:  East Tech 3 (Ward, Malone 2), Clearview 1 (Rebman).  Free Throws:  Clearview 13-19, East Tech 9-15.  Team Fouls:  East Tech 20, Clearview 14.  Fouled Out:  Malone (ET).  Technical Fouls:  None.  Bench Scoring:  Clearview 8, East Tech 2.