Berea, OH- Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Gilmour Academy headlined game two of the Cleveland Basketball Classic on Saturday afternoon at Baldwin Wallace University.
CVCA started the game coming out firing on all cylinders connecting on 3 straight three-point shots and using solid zone defense to slow down Gilmour’s fast attack in the first quarter. CVCA outscored Gilmour 17-7.
In the second quarter, Gilmour came alive putting together offensive runs of their own. Sophomore perimeter player Helen Holley would not be denied on the inside using her size to help the Lancers construct a 19-13 run to cut the deficit down to 30-26 in favor of CVCA. Combo guard Gia Casalinova of CVCA led all scorers at the half with 16 points.
The third quarter started in the favor of CVCA who jumped out to a 39-26 lead at one point. Gilmour then answered back with a strong 9-2 run of their own to bring the game within 5 points to close the quarter. Momentum seemed like it was on the Lancers side.
That momentum went into the fourth quarter as Helen Holley opened the quarter with two straight layups to bring Gilmour within 1 point at 42-41. A few moments later, Elaina Kline-Ruminski knocked down a deep three point with 2:53 remaining in the game to give Gilmour their first lead of the game and they would hold that lead and win the game with a final score of 54-51.
“We got down early and I told the girls after the first quarter that it doesn’t mean the game is over. We got to keep fighting possession after possession, minute by minute and that’s what we did from the second quarter on.”
Holley led Gilmour with 19 points and CVCA’s Gia Casalinova led all scorers with 26 points.
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