Saturday, December 30, 2000

Short-handed Mason loses in own tournament




By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        With standout center Michelle Munoz out with a knee injury and Rachel Minnich and Ashley Wetzel in Florida at a soccer tournament, Mason fell to Cleveland East Tech 43-32 Friday in the championship of the Mason Holiday Tournament.

        “I'm proud of the way we played down the stretch,” Mason coach Gerry Lackey said. “It took us a while to realize we could play with them.”

        The quicker, more physical East Tech team took a 14-2 lead after the first quarter.

        Juwanna Rivers and Barbara Turner each scored six points, and the pressing Scarabs defense forced seven turnovers while holding the Comets scoreless from the field in the first quarter. Senior guard Jere' Issenmann sank two free throws for the Comets' only points.

        Mason's first field goal came at the 6:22 mark of the second quarter when Issenmann made a 3-pointer. She followed it with two free throws, but East Tech was in command at 20-7 and ex tended its lead to 26-10 at the half.

        Issenmann scored all 10 of the Comets' points in the first half. Turner, a 6-foot-1 junior center, led East Tech with 12 points at the half, and Rivers, a 5-8 senior guard, added 10.

        Munoz, who was injured during the third quarter of Mason's victory over Wooster Thursday, sat helplessly on the bench.

        “I tore one of two ligaments in my leg,” Munoz said. “There's no way I could protect it, and the doctors didn't want me playing. They said I could possibly be back by Tuesday.”

        Lackey said before the game there was no chance Munoz would play against East Tech.

        “Tonight is just another game,” he said. “The most important games are in February and March.”

        The Comets cut the Scarabs' lead to eight at 38-30 with 1:20 remaining.

        “I told the girls at halftime that, "Let's at least let them know they're in for a game,'” Lackey said. “We hung in there and played well. We may see this team again later in the season.”

        East Tech (11-1) was led by Turner's 20 points. Issenmann scored 19 for Mason (7-3).

        CLEVELAND EAST TECH (43) - Rivers 7 0 14, Chambers 2 0 5, Turner 7 6 20, Hurt 1 0 2, McClain 1 0 2. Totals: 18 6-10 43.

        MASON (32) - Hampshire 3 0 6, Stein 1 0 3, Shull 2 0 4, Issenmann 6 4 19. Totals: 12 4-6 32.

        East Tech ....... 14   12  6  11—43

        Mason ....... 2  8  6  16—32 Mount Notre Dame 70, Canton McKinley 65 (OT) — Freshman Mel Thomas scored a tournament-record 39 points, six in overtime, leading the Cougars in the fifth-place consolation game.

        With 20.4 seconds left in regulation, Thomas made two free throws to send the game into overtime. She then made four consecutive free throws in overtime, along with one field goal.

        “She's definitely the type of player who can make a coach look good,” MND coach Lisa Hayden said of Thomas.

        CANTON MCKINLEY (65) - Robinson 8 3 22, Stevens 3 4 11, Vance 5 4 14, O'Dell 1 0 2, Humphries 2 1 5, Valentine 3 2 8, Thurman 1 1 3. Totals: 23 15-25 65.

        MOUNT NOTRE DAME (70) - Rohlfs 2 4 8, Engel 1 0 2, Nahrup 3 2 8, Thomas 10 1 6 39, Cook 1 0 2, Barber 1 0 2, Braun 4 1 9. Totals: 22 23-28 70.

        Canton McKinley ....... 8  9 16 22 10-65

        Mount Notre Dame ....... 14 14 18  9 15-70

        3-pointers: C--Robinson 3, Stevens. M--Thomas 3. Records: M 5-5, C 8-2.

        Toledo Central Catholic 59, Wooster 36- Kelly Helvey scored 12 points in the first quarter, triggering a 19-12 run that set the stage for the Irish victory in the third-place game.

        WOOSTER (36) - Iceman 2 1 5, Taylor 2 2 6, Brown 1 0 2, Bender 0 7 7, Hicks 1 0 2, K. Taylor 2 4 10, L. Taylor 1 0 2,, Meenan 1 0 2. Totals: 10 14-24 36.

        TOLEDO CENTRAL CATHOLIC (59) - Cole man 2 0 4, Kolb 1 2 5, Clark 1 0 3, Grosjean 1 2 4, Muller 5 0 10, Helvey 7 1 16, Walenczak 1 0 2, Preston 1 0 2, Brown 1 6 8, Wernert 1 1 3, Parker 1 0 2. Totals: 22 12-22 59.

        Wooster ....... 12  6  8 10-36

        Toledo Central Catholic ....... 19 14 10 16-59

        3-pointers: W--K. Taylor 2. T--Kolb, Clark, Helvey. Records: TCC 8-1, W 7-5.

        Bishop Hartley 67, Shaker Heights 52 - Stephenie Feyes scored 14 points in the second half, rallying Hartley in the consolation game for seventh place.

        SHAKER HEIGHTS (52) - Agee 4 1 10, Brooks 1 0 2, I. Farley 2 4 8, Holloway 4 2 10, Jacobs 5 9 19, A. Farley 1 1 3. Totals: 17 17-24 52.

        BISHOP HARTLEY (66) - Gruber 8 4 23, Feyes 7 4 20, Powell 2 0 5, Greer 4 3 11, Yoder 0 1 1. Totals: 24 12-18 66.

        Shaker Heights ....... 4 14 13 11—52

        Bishop Hartley ....... 21 11 15 19—67

        3-pointers: BH--Gruber 3, Powell, Feyes 2. SH--Agee. Records: BH 5-2, SH 6-4.

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