Experienced, unbeaten Chips outlast Raiders
South Range’s run ends as Durkin
fouls out and Matisi ejected late
By BOB ETTINGER
Doylestown Chippewa coach Dennis Schrock believes a team needs some kind of an edge to be successful on the highest levels. The Chips have a couple and they showed in a 51-38 victory over South Range in a Division III regional semifinal Wednesday night at Cuyahoga Falls High School.
“We’re a pretty good basketball team for being undefeated,” Schrock said. “Warming up, I was looking at my team and I have four girls who’ve been in this environment, this being our fourth straight trip to the regional. I felt pretty good about it knowing South Range had three freshmen. They’re excellent players, but they’ve not been in this environment before.”
The Chips (26-0) will play Elyria Catholic, a 55-54 triple overtime winner over Newton Falls in the other semifinal, for the regional championship on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Though it’s a tough loss, South Range coach Tony Matisi couldn’t be more pleased with the Raiders (21-5).
“We have a great mix of seniors, freshmen and sophomores,” Matisi said. “They came together. It’s such a long season. They’re young kids. They aren’t used to playing 26, 27 games. They’re used to playing 14. I’m just very proud.”
Bailee Ferrell, in off the bench, Celina Koncz and Samantha Storad all hit 3-pointers as the Chips used an 11-2 run to gain an 18-9 advantage through the first eight minutes. Ferrell had a second triple in the period.
“One of those girls was a sub,” Schrock said. “We also hit two back-to-back (Koncz and Storad). We had four threes and we held that lead to the end.”
The Raiders didn’t cut into that deficit until the waning moments of the fourth period.
“That was the whole game, those three threes (during the run)” Matisi said. We fought back from that the whole game.”
Izzy Lamparty netted six points over a span of 1:15 to get the Raiders to within six, 42-36, with 2:43 to play in the fourth. Maddie Durkin later appeared to have cut that deficit to four, but was called for a charge as the ball fell through the cylinder. The bucket was waved off, Durkin had fouled out and Matisi drew a pair of technical fouls sending him to the locker room for the final 1:04.
“I blew it,” Matisi said. “That cuts it to four, though. It was Maddie’s fifth foul. That’s a tough pill to swallow there. I just keep thinking back to that set when Maddie was called for the charge. It would’ve been a four-point game with 1:20 left. I liked our chances the way the momentum was going.”
Instead, the Chips pulled away as they were 9 of 12 from the free-throw line over the final 1:04. Koncz was 6 of 8.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC 55, NEWTON FALLS 54, 3OT
Izzy Kline scored on a steal with 1:27 left in regulation to send the send the contest to overtime knotted at 38 and Allison Sembach knocked down a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the first extra period securing another tie at 41 to continue the game.
Kline’s triple at the buzzer of the second overtime secured the third and final extra period for the Tigers (19-7).
Megan Scheibelhut’s put-back with 17 seconds remaining finally secured the win for the Panthers (21-5).