Tonight’s big games
By Bryant Kizer
The final four in Division I Elyria Catholic District are all Southwestern Conference teams.
No. 3 Avon (14-4 SWC, 17-7 overall) vs. No. 2 Amherst Steele (11-7, 16-7) 6 p.m.
(Outlook) – Each teams won on their home court. Before their 58-45 victory against Olmsted Falls, another Southwestern Conference foe, they have lost three straight. Including a 56-45 loss to Avon. Sydney Roule and Jayla Hall leads the Comets. For Eagles, they have won six out of seven games and they are 10-2 in their last 12. Allie Bjorn and Alyssa Douzos help to lead the Eagles.
No. 5 Avon Lake (8-10, 11-12) vs. No. 1 Westlake (18-2, 22-2) – 7:30 p.m.
(Outlook) – To upset Westlake, Avon Lake Shoremen they must score at least 45 points. They were swept 51-30 and 41-23 in the regular season. The Shoremen has turned it around and have won four out their last five. Westlake Demons plays excellent defense.
In D-IV the Grand Valley District top-seed Richmond Heights battle No.9 Kinsman Badger.
No. 9 Kinsman Badger vs. Richmond Heights (20-4) – 6 p.m.
The Braves of Kinsman Badger has gotten hot when they needed. They got past fifth-seed Southington Chalker 63-57 in overtime. Lead by point-guard Haylee Mott, they have to be near perfect to beat the Spartans of Richmond Heights. They had two impressive tournament victories over Bristol (67-24) and Newbury (77-15). The Spartans, the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division champ, are led by Call and Post’ Player-of-the-Year candidate Deja Winters.
In the boys’
Tallmadge Bulldogs almost pulled off a huge upset. The Bulldogs, eighth seed in the D-II Canton District with an 8-11 record went into overtime against one-loss and second-seed Alliance Aviators. Aviators (21-1) prevailed 66-60.
In the Stow District, East Tech, the No. 3 seed, beat Ravenna 114-45. The Golden Scarabs earned another home game against Streetsboro on Friday.
Jump Ballin’ Tonight
No. 11 John Adams (5-10) at No. 4 Shaker Heights (8-14) – 7 p.m. –
(Outlook) The Solon District starts with these two teams. The Rebels are 0-5 against non-Senate League opponents. The Red Raiders are 3-5 against non-Greater Cleveland Conference foes.
No. 10 John F. Kennedy (5-13) at No. 6 Euclid (4-19) – 7 p.m. –
(Outlook) – The JFK Eagles are 0-7 against non-Senate League talents. The Panthers are 3-6 against teams outside of their Greater Cleveland Conference.
No. 9 Aurora (6-15) at No. 8 John Hay (6-11) – 7 p.m.
(Outlook) – Aurora Greenmen finished tied for last in the Suburban League – American Division with a 4-8 record. They come in losing six in a row, before beating Kirkland 75-62 on the season finally. The John Hay Hornets finished near the bottom in the 11 team Senate League with a 3-8 record. The Hornets started out the season at 4-0. However, they have lost their last six games.