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Conneaut falls just short against Fairview

Feb. 29—Erie — Conneaut lost to Fairview 44-35 on Wednesday in the District 10 Class 4A semifinals at the Hagerty Center.

The Eagles will play Harbor Creek on Saturday in a consolation game at a time and place to be announced.

Conneaut's offense struggled to get started against Fairview's defense early on, and that showed. Fairview's offense was hot to start the game, and Conneaut fell behind early, 14-8. The size of Fairview made it difficult for Conneaut down low, who struggled to win in the rebound game.

Fairview began scoring more to begin the second. Conneaut had several miscues on offense resulting in turnovers or a lost rebound, which gave Fairview chances to extend their lead. The Eagles' defense was not able to force turnovers, giving the offense limited chances to get back in the game.

"We gave up a couple of offensive rebounds... and three times we missed our rotations on defense and they took advantage of it," said Eagles head coach Christine Krankota.

In the second half, Conneaut had made some adjustments to their game plan, and it worked. Conneaut began to slowly but surely close in on the Tigers lead. Conneaut began collecting more rebounds, and the defense settled in, giving the Eagles momentum. After being down by 12 to begin the third, Conneaut was down 35-30.

"We made a couple of adjustments at halftime, and they worked. We played a really solid second half. Our defensive effort was there... started looking to take a couple more shots on offense," said Krankota.

By taking more shots and making them, the Eagles were able to open up the Tigers defense, allowing them to fight better for rebounds down low. Conneaut had been focusing more down low in the first half.

"We feel like we passed up way too many wide open shots in the first half," said Krankota. " And really that was the difference. When we looked at the statistics at halftime, we were either winning or tied with Fairview in all categories aside from they attempted more shots than we did."

Conneaut's defense continued to apply pressure on Fairview, resulting in steals that would lead to points. Conneaut was looking for chances to tie and found them, but just weren't able to execute them with time winding down.

"We had a few empty possessions there in the fourth quarter, but we were there," said Krankota.

Conneaut took more fouls toward the end of the game, and Fairview extended the lead by not allowing Conneaut to force turnovers and making free throws. The clock ran out on Conneaut, the final score 44-35.

"At the end of the game, the score was not indicative of how we played, we played a very good team very close. We proved that this program belongs with the cream of the crop in this district and I hope people take note. These girls have worked so hard. We're very proud of them." said Krankota.

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Conneaut (35)

Perrye 2 4-6 9, Harrington 4 1-2 11, Poff 2 0-0 5, Brady 3 0-0 8, Dendis 1 0-0 2.

Totals 12 5-8 35.

Fairview (44)

Garrity 6 5-6 22, Heidt 5 4-4 14, Sholes 1 0-0 3, Garrity 1 1-2 3, Pizzo 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 14 10-12 44.

Conneaut 8 9 13 5 — 35

Fairview 14 15 6 9 — 44

3-point goals: Conneaut — Perrye, Harrington 2, Poff, Brady 2; Fairview — Garrity 2, Sholes.

Trevor Teubner can be reached at (814) 724-6370 or by email at trevor@meadvilletribune.com.