Unbeaten Edgewood pulls away from Saint John

Jan. 1—ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The momentum of the Edgewood-Saint John girls basketball game changed early in the second quarter. when the Warriors ran off 10 quick points in just over a minute to take a 10 point lead.

Early action was back and forth with Edgewood taking a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter at 18-16. The Warriors came out a little cold and Saint John played an aggressive defense and scored on several drives to the basket.

But then Edgewood took over and dominated the rest of the way for an 80-32 victory.

"Saint John came out and played good. The girls played hard," said Edgewood coach Randy Vencill.

He said the shots weren't dropping as they have been but that changed quickly.

"I just kept telling them to keep shooting," he said.

The Edgewood pressure defense made the difference in the second quarter.

"We got 10 quick points and they started rolling," Vencill said.

The Warriors are 9-0.

Saint John coach Nick Iarocci said he was happy with the quick start, but realizes Edgewood is a very good team.

"Edgewood played a dynamite second half," he said.

Iarocci said Edgewood is so tough to play because it have so many weapons.

Edgewood had four scorers in double figures with Katie McCollister driving to the basket for 18 points, McKenna Vencill scoring 15 from a variety of locations, Carly Kray hitting for 13 and Leigha Guyton for 12.

Saint John lost Alyssa Cevera to an ankle injury late in the second quarter. She had seven points and the girls had difficulty adjusting to her absence.

"They aren't used to that," Iarocci said.

Cevera stayed on the bench with ice on her ankle for the rest of the game. Iarocci said he hopes the injury isn't too bad and she will be able to return soon.

The Heralds' Grace DiSalvatore and Mickey Zheng led the team with each scoring nine points.

Vencill said his team is off until a week from today when they have a CVC showdown with Madison who is also undefeated.

"That's a big game for us. Not a must game, but a need game," he said.

He said the Warriors lost a game and hoped to add a game in the next week but it hasn't worked out.

Madison has a tuneup next week against Eastlake North.

Saint John (2-4) is gearing up for its Northeastern Athletic Conference schedule. Iarocci said it should be a competitive league. The Heralds play Cardinal at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.

"We feel we can win every game on our schedule or lose every game on the schedule. We just want a chance to compete," Iarocci said.