WADSWORTH: A case of the nerves and a brief absence from the court Wednesday night were not about to get in the way of senior Peyton Booth finishing off an amazing run against Suburban League opponents.
Booth entered Wadsworth’s girls basketball game with visiting Revere excited, and despite getting sick, played a key part in the Grizzlies’ 53-32 victory. The win makes her 112-0 against Suburban League opponents (56-0 in both volleyball and basketball) and extends the basketball team’s win streak to 61 games against league rivals.
“I throw up a lot,” said Booth, who finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks, and has won eight total Suburban League titles.
“I kind of have a stomach reflex problem. I came over when they were shooting free throws and was like ‘Dad, I am going to throw up. Get a trash can ready.’ And we were on defense. I just kept gagging and gagging, and eventually ran off the floor.”
Booth ran past her father, Wadsworth coach Andrew Booth, and departed into a hallway with 5:12 to go in the second quarter. She returned to the bench, re-entered the game with 2:33 remaining in the quarter and “felt fine after that.”
Booth said she gets sick from time-to-time due to her nerves and getting stressed out.
“Since a young age, she has been a very competitive person,” Andrew Booth said after watching his daughter celebrate and cut down the nets with teammates.
“She really is a nice kid off the court, not saying she gets mean when she gets on it, but she turns ultra competitive and she doesn’t like to lose. I think that is probably the biggest thing we are going to miss about her is she is just a winner. She does what it takes to win.
“She has been a big key for four years on the basketball court and I know [volleyball coach Jill Klingbeil] will probably say the same thing.”
Wadsworth (21-1, 14-0) led Revere (18-4, 11-3) 17-6 after one quarter and 33-13 at halftime.
Sophomore Jodi Johnson had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals for Wadsworth, which has won outright or shared the Suburban League title in 21 of the past 23 seasons.
“All of our seniors, this is a big accomplishment for them,” said Johnson. “They have been working hard all these years and it paid off.”
Wadsworth built its lead by forcing Revere into 13 first-half turnovers.
“This is such a great feeling,” Peyton Booth said. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. Everyone had such low expectations for us for this year and we won 21 games, which is the most in school history. I am just so happy.”
Sophomore Caitlin Vari paced Revere with 13 points and nine rebounds.
“What we take away from this game is a vision of where we would like to be someday,” Revere coach Kevin Verde said. “You look at this program and as a coaching staff we are sitting there and we are looking at their Suburban League championship banner and it says ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000 and so on. It is just a consecutive string. What these girls do on every night is they take everyone’s best shot and they walk away with victories. That is impressive. We talked to our girls about getting over that last hurdle. We have had a very successful season with 18 wins, but we need that one more thing. We need to jump that last hurdle. To play them on this last night and see them play this way is impressive.”
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