Division III girls basketball teams don’t generally have multiple players 6 feet or taller.
Chippewa coach Denny Schrock knows he has a rarity on his hands with three and is running with it.
The Chipps are 15-1 overall and 10-0 in the Wayne County Athletic League.
Ashley Richardson, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, is averaging 14.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and about six blocks per game. She led host Chippewa to a 55-41 victory over rival Smithville on Jan. 16 with 24 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.
“Ashley is a very talented player,” Schrock said. “She made 9-of-9 field-goal attempts and 6-of-6 free-throw attempts in the victory against Smithville.”
Schrock said 6-0 sophomore Carly Koncz (14.1 points, 45 3-pointers, 42 percent on 3-pointers) and 5-5 junior point guard Megan Storad (nine points, 5.7 assists) are also consistent scorers.
The Chipps’ other starters are 5-9 junior Izzy Farmwald and 5-6 senior Abby Richmond.
“Those two are lock-down defensive players,” Schrock said. “Izzy is a hustler. She sets the tone for us.”
Taylor Richards, a 6-0 freshman guard, averages about 10 points per game in a reserve role. Rachel Zacour, 5-7 senior, and Ashley Brown, 5-4 junior, also play regularly.
“We can press and run defensively, and we can play inside and out,” Schrock said.
“These girls are really playing well together. They are really playing team basketball. On any given night, a different player can step up. It depends on how a defense wants to play us. If they want to limit our inside players, we can rely on our shooters. If people want to take away our 3-point shooting, then we get the ball inside.”
Chippewa went 19-4 overall last year and posted a 11-3 mark in the WCAL.
Hoban tops Walsh twice
Archbishop Hoban beat rival Walsh Jesuit twice in boys basketball this season by four total points, 48-45 on Dec. 13 at Hoban and 48-47 on Friday at Walsh.
The Knights (9-4, 5-1) are atop the North Coast League Blue Division with the Warriors (9-5, 3-2) in second place.
Hoban won Friday after trailing by 10 points with 2:35 to go. Senior Christian Waite capped the rally with a 3-pointer with 11 seconds to go to conclude the scoring.
“It was probably one of the top five or seven games I have been a part of in terms of the environment and finish,” Hoban coach T.K. Griffith said.
Griffith said Waite is Hoban’s leading scorer at about 17 points per game. Sophomore Anthony Christian and senior Michael Londa are also averaging double figures at about 15.5 and 12.5 points per game, respectively.
Timken beats St. Ignatius
The Canton Timken boys basketball team defeated Cleveland St. Ignatius 62-60 in thrilling fashion Sunday in the third annual Dunk4Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University.
Sophomore Lepear Toles converted a 3-point play with 21 seconds to go in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 60-60, and then assisted on the game-winning layup by senior Randee Reed with four seconds to go.
Toles, a 6-foot-4 guard, finished the game with 27 points, five assists and three steals to lead the Trojans (11-1) over the Wildcats (9-4).
Reed scored 11 points and also had six rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Terrel Lipkins also reached double figures for coach Rick Hairston with 10 points.
St. Ignatius led 51-38 after three quarters. Toles led the rally in the fourth quarter as Timken outscored Ignatius 24-9. The Wildcats committed 24 turnovers in the game.
McKinley earns win
The Canton McKinley boys basketball team is looking to rebound from a poor nine-game stretch during which its record plummeted.
McKinley beat North Canton Hoover 79-61 Friday at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse to up its overall record to 6-8 overall and 4-4 in the Federal League. Hoover is 6-9, 2-7.
Senior Paul Ortiz scored 27 points Friday for the Bulldogs, which started the season 3-1 and then lost seven of their next nine games.
Sam Burton (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Marcellius Pittman (12 points, eight rebounds) also reached double figures for McKinley coach Keith Noftz.
St. V-M wrestling nabs win
The St. Vincent-St. Mary wrestling team won the 30-team Josh Hephner Memorial Tournament Saturday.
St. V-M coach Anthony Gary said four of his wrestlers won a weight class, seniors Sal Ferrise (120 pounds), Ryan Skonieczny (138) and Aaron Adkins (182) and junior Dre’k Brumley (285).
“It’s the time of the year where we get set up for the postseason,” Gary said. “This was a great tournament with great competition. It is not the Ironman or the Top Gun, but the kids are more comfortable because we are wrestling in January and getting ready for the postseason.”
Adkins had six pins and also won via a technical fall and forfeit. Ferrise had five pins, a technical fall and two wins by decision.
Gary said St. V-M had 10 wrestlers place in the top eight of a weight. Junior Garrett Carter (132) and senior Tony Adkins (195) both placed second. Freshman Joe Koontz was third at 126, senior Walter Gibson was fourth at 145, sophomore Dom Sciarretti took seventh at 220 and sophomore Ben Knaus finished eighth at 152.
Lake finished second in the team standings and had three place first: senior Alec Cotton (126), junior Zac Carson (145) and sophomore Andrew McNally (152).
North Royalton’s Andre Herron (113) and Garrett Snyder (220) each won a title, along with Tallmadge junior Terrell Grant (106), Jackson junior Justyn Bostic (132) and Marlington junior Tony Rupert (160).
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