By Nathaniel Cline, Northeast Ohio Media Group on March 04, 2014 8:23 p.m.
BARBERTON, Ohio — Holy Name girls basketball team ended its season on Tuesday at Barberton, falling to West Branch 61-49 in a Division II regional semifinal.
The loss for Holy Name ended a notable season, but the Green Wave on short end of a win putting West Branch in the region finals on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“It was tough going basket for basket with them,” Holy Name coach Kim Jones said. “We needed to pick it up on defense a little bit because that’s been our go-to all year. We were just slacking off.”
Tuesday’s loss was a disappointing way to end the season, Jones described, but said it was her team’s commitment this year and her seniors Samantha Day, Jackie Corrigan, Erica Davis, Beth Armbuster and Kim Cook that spearheaded the charge.
“I felt that coming out at the half we did a good job of trying to get on a run, but it just seemed like every time when we made a big run went on a run they [West Branch] would make a big shot,” Cook said. “We did all we could, just came up a bit short.”
Cook led Holy Name with 16 points, two rebounds and six assists.
West Branch’s junior guard Melinda Trimmer gave the Green Wave defense problems distributing the ball and coming up with shots. Trimmer led all scorers with 24 to go along with three rebounds and a steal.
West Branch’s coaching staff said Holy Name’s shooters and senior post players Cook and Davis caused them problems.
“We tried to help out on those two, but we knew we couldn’t stop them,” West Brach coach Walt Deshields said. “When you get to this level seniors don’t want to go down easily and they fought to the bitter end.”
Holy Name ended the season with a record of 22-4 after winning the Division II Elyria District and North Coast League championships. Both teams also averaged 56 points per game in the playoffs.
Holy Name came in the tournament the leader allowing the least number of points per game with 25 in comparison to West Branch with 27.
“Getting to this game was definitely one of our goals and obviously going further than this, but what a great group of kids. This is probably one of the funest seasons for me as a coach,” Jones said. “They worked hard, played hard and get along. This was a great season.”