Cleveland Heights, Ohio- Cleveland Heights was the scene as two GCC teams looked to set the tone in conference play. Cleveland Heights ended up victorious over Shaker with the 39-31 win.
The first half started out very slow for both Shaker and Cleveland Heights. Both teams struggled to get their offenses going.
Turnovers and not capitalizing on open looks had a lot to do with that for both teams. Shaker’s size down low also threw Heights out of rhythm at times. Their size forced several unwanted perimeter shot attempts from Cleveland Heights.
The game was a very low scoring one at halftime. Heights led 18-17.
Cleveland Heights came out in the second half and put together a 8-0 run starting at the four minute mark.
Ball pressure from traps and presses helped them be able to create opportunities off of turnovers.
Kasside Wilson, Robbie Caldwell and Fahness Freeman all scored baskets on the run. This run prompted a timeout from Shaker with about one minute to go in the 3rd.
Wilson came out of the timeout knocking down another jumper. Her basket was responded with two free throws from Jada Burge.
Cleveland Heights led 28-21 going into the fourth.
Shaker came out in the fourth quarter very strong. Lizzy Favret’s basket and assist started a 8-0 for Shaker. They led 29-28 with around four minutes left.
Caldwell made a pair of free throws which was responded with a bucket from Claire Russell. Shaker led 31-30 with 2:35 left.
Just when Heights needed it, Freeman scored an and one layup. She made the free throw to give Heights a 34-31 lead.
I asked Freeman about the play.
“That was so unexpected because I don’t get and ones, I was very happy with myself," said Freeman. "I was really happy about my performance towards the end of the game.”
A basket from Caldwell and free throws from Freeman sealed the deal for Heights. They ended the game on top winning 39-31.
When asked about the win, Head Coach Karen Battle had this to said...
“This win definitely helps us set the tone for what’s to come.”
Heights will be back in action Saturday December 2nd on the road as they take on Strongsville High school at 2:30 PM.