5th Grade Boys – Highland vs Select
A see saw is a piece of playground equipment that teeters back and forth, which is how this game went for much of the 8:55am hour at Strongsville this past Sunday. Neither team could control the game until Select made a late first half run to go up 16-9 at half time. A couple of Highland turnovers to start the 2nd half allowed Select to further their halftime lead with a 7-0 run and grab hold of the momentum for good even though Highland never gave up. Several times late Highland cut this one to 8 points but could get it no closer. The final was 41-31 Select. Select top scorer: Aidan Gregory #4, Highland was led in points and rebounds by forward #4 Ryan and guard #6 Carson.
6th Grade Boys – Tucker vs North Royalton
This was one of the closer games of Week #8. Both teams held leads at different points of the game. An early 6-0 run saw Team Tucker race out to a mid 1st half lead of 10-4. The lead didn’t last behind Jordan Garland’s size in the middle and excellent guard play by North Royalton. Fast forward to 5 minutes left in the game and North Royalton up by 5 points. Two huge buckets including a pressure packed “and 1” for Team Tucker tied this game up at 30 with 1:30 to play. North Royalton was able to capitalize on good free throw shooting and a huge bucket with under a minute to go to seal the win. Final: North Royalton 34 – Team Tucker 31.
6th Grade Boys – Raiders vs Rockets
The Raiders jumped out early to a huge 22-6 lead. They seemed more comfortable with the zone style defense that both teams were playing and just shot better than the Rockets early. Just when it seemed like the Raiders would win this one going away… the Rockets pressed full court. This changed the whole flow of the game in the Rockets favor. The Raiders then proceeded to turn the ball over countless times allowing the Rockets to shoot their way to within 1 point when #7 of the Rockets hit a 3 pointer. It wasn’t quite enough though as the Raiders HELD on to end their season with a hard fought 33-31 win.
6th Grade Girls – Lil’ Attack vs 4 Kids
Both teams fought hard in this game. #2 for 4 Kids definitely dictated how this game went as she led their more aggressive style of play. Lil Attack did their best to keep up and actually had a shot with 6
minutes left down only 6 points. A late run for 4 kids put this contest away for good en route to a 29-13 win over Lil Attack.
5th Grade Boys – Highland vs Strongsville Storm Thall
Strongsville Storm Thall looked to bounce back from an earlier loss to Avon. Highland, however, would have none of it. Led again by #4 and #6, fluid ball movement and smart team play on offense made it tough for Storm Thall to get stops when they needed it. Down 18-4 early, a 9-3 run made the lead manageable for Thall by the 8 minute mark in the 2nd half, but they could get no closer as Highland finished their fall league with a 35-20 victory.
5th/6th Grade Girls – Westpark vs 4 Kids
The last game of the Cleveland West Fall league saw the tri-towers of 4 Kids take on Westpark. But, it was the guards of these two teams #1 Allie (Tan) #5 (Blue) that battled early. Blue #5 got multiple steals in the first half for 4 Kids, allowing them to get many easy scoring opportunities. 4 kids defense overall was just stifling throughout the contest but, they blew a lot of easy buckets and only led 11-6 at the break. Unfortunately for Westpark, 2 of their players left at halftime, including Follmer their biggest player. That meant #8 Josie had to be the only inside presence against 3 girls taller than 5’8’(#7, #8, #0). Several times WP went zone to try and confuse 4 Kids. Westpark played with a ton of heart and were still only down 18-8 at the 10 minute mark, but 4 Kids in the end won this one handily behind the posts for 4 kids who sealed the game late in the 2nd half.
5th Grade Boys – Strongsville Storm Thall vs Avon Eagles
This early game saw two teams that needed a few minutes to wake up! With the press on Avon jumped up 10-5 by the mipoint mark of the first half causing Storm to take two early timeouts to try to sort it out. This early momentum was Avon needed to take control the rest of the game as they cruised to a 45-19 win. Avon was led by Jack Hess and Brandon Fisher who each had 11 points, as Strongsville’s Denny Holt and Dominic Rinn both pitched in 8 points in the losing effort.
5th/6th Grade Girls – Middleburg Hts. Shooting Stars vs Lady Shock
The shooting stars started off quick up 12 to 1 on the strength of their defense. Middleburg Hts lead by the great passing of Bricker getting her teammates involved leading to a 18 to 9 halftime score. Lady Shock switched to a 2-3 zone in the second half leading to some excellent ball movement, on the receiving end was Casey Cummings being the one to knock down the first wide open jump shot. Shooting Stars went on a 13 to 4 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half the score now being 31 to 13. Shooting Stars continued their strong play throughout the 2nd half winning the game 41 – 17.
5th/6th Grade Girls – Highland vs Lady Shock
Highland playing strong behind their bigs took the lead 7 to 6 with 2:30 left in the 1st half and held that same lead until 17 minutes left in the second half. Going on a quick 6-0 run Highland jumped ahead 13 – 6 with 13 minutes left in the 2nd half. Lady Shocks applied strong pressure with 4 minutes left in the second half forcing highland into a few quick turnovers and two easy baskets at the other end cutting the lead to 4 points with just under 2 minutes to go. Highland did a stellar job holding off the charge by the Shock to win the game 15 to 11.
5th Grade Boys – Team Dorian vs TNBA
A strong start by team Dorian had them up 12 to 4 early. Carter Zimmerman Scored a quick 4 points to lead the team early. The halftime score is 17 to 12 with Dorian in the lead because of aggressive defense and strong outlet passing. The score halfway through the 2nd half was 23 to 14 Teams Dorian ‘s defense proving to be very strong only giving up 2 points in 10 minutes. TNBA made a run led by the strong all around play of Jaman but in the end Dorian held them off winning with a final of 30 to 24.
5th/6th Grade Girls – Middleburg Hts. Shooting Stars vs Lakers
The last day of the Cleveland West Fall League saw the 9:50am pit two even teams against each other in the 5th/6th grade girls division. The Shooting Stars played the Lakers to a 8 – 6 lead at halftime. The two teams played a hard fought 2nd half and the Shooting Stars were able to hold on for a 17 – 15 victory. Sydney Lantow’s 7pts, Brighty Bricker’s 6 pts and Casey Cummings 4 pts lead the Shooting Stars. The Lakers were led by Stephanie Randor, Lindsay Yurick and Paris Mathers with 6 pts, 3 pts and 2 pts.
5th/6th Grade Girls – Baby Ballers vs Solon
The 10:45am game in the 5th/6th Girls Division was a battle down to the wire. The Baby Ballers held a 19 – 10 lead at halftime over the Solon team. But the Solon team came out defending hard and went on a 10 – 2 run to start the 2nd half. Both teams ended regulation tied at 23. The Baby Ballers scored the only point in overtime to win 24 – 23. Baby Ballers’ leading scorers were Casey Santoro (6pts), Maggie Long (5pts) and Kami Hay & Shyanne Sellers (both with 4pts). Solon was led by Bria Jackson & Yesenia Kinsey (both with 6pts) and Megan LaBelle (4pts
5th/6th Grade Girls – Olmsted Falls vs Salem
The last game of the Cleveland West Fall League saw Olmsted Falls battle against Salem in the 5th/6th Girls Division. After a slow start, Olmsted Falls was able to take a 13 – 9 lead at the half. The intensity picked up for both teams in the 2nd half as Salem cut into the lead with a 8 – 5 spurt late in the game. Late free throws by Olmsted allowed them to hold on for a 24 – 22 victory. Taylor Troy (7pts), Kyla Jamison (5pts), Elly Exline & Jaden Hamilton (both with 4pts) lead the way for Salem. Olmsted Falls was lead by Halle Slater & Bailey Marks (both with 6pts) and Danielle Stevens (5pts).