The Warriors (3-17, 0-14 Great Lakes Conference) committed 25 turnovers in the game, many on ill-timed passes that Parma was ready to intercept. Fairview committed 10 turnovers in the first quarter and had 20 by the end of the third quarter, with Parma swiping 17 steals in the process.
“We had a lot of turnovers, in the first half, especially,” Fairview coach Andrea Petta said. “That’s plagued us game-to-game (this season). When we’re taking care of the ball, we’re a much better team.”
The loss was the Warriors’ 16th consecutive as the Redmen (11-8, 8-6 GLC) led by as many as 20 points in the final quarter. Mahogany Cottingham, one of the top freshmen in Northeast Ohio, scored a game-high 19 points.
“We kind of go as Mahogany goes,” Redmen coach Chuck Caldwell said. “But we’ve been doing a better job lately of extending leads when she’s out of the game. I thought our fourth quarter was really good today, and we were able to close out the game.”
Down 28-14 at halftime, Fairview found some resilience at the start of the third quarter, making a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to seven. Junior post Maeve Mesaros scored five of her eight points during the stretch and reserve guard Ashleigh Gibbons’ layup with four minutes left shrank Parma’s lead to 33-26.
“We were getting aggressive,” Petta said. “We told them at halftime to get to the rim. I thought that we stopped short a lot in the first half and pulled up for contested jumpers instead of attacking the rim, and we did a better job in the second half.”
After Caldwell settledhis team, Parma responded with five consecutive points to push the lead back to 38-26, reclaiming the momentum.
Parma, hitting 3-pointers on its first three possessions, increased the lead to 47-28 to start the final quarter.
Samantha Zanin finished with 11 points, Amaris DeJesus scored seven and Jacobs was an all-around threat with seven points, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocks to help seal the win.
“(Parma) can spread the floor,” Petta said. “They’ve got a bunch of kids that can shoot threes, and they’ve got good post players inside. We’ve got to match up with them and make sure we don’t forget who’s standing in the corner. They can spread you out and make you pay for it.”
Mesaros grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Fairview, and freshman guard Leila Discenza scored a team-high 14 points — 11 in the fourth. Seniors Meghan Weir and Gabby Biggs scored seven points apiece.
On Feb. 2, girls state tournament brackets were drawn for teams across Ohio, and the Warriors were handed the 11-seed in the Division II Elyria District. They will travel to No. 6 Cleveland East Tech Feb. 15 for a sectional semifinal.
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