Lakewood OH

Turnovers doom Bulldogs as Shoregals win big

Olmsted Falls Junior guard Jessica Koch sets the offense for the Bulldogs against Avon Lake last Wednesday. (West Life photo by Pro Photography)

Olmsted Falls junior guard Jessica Koch set the offense for the Bulldogs against Avon Lake last Wednesday. (West Life photo by Pro Photography)


By Amy Rutledge




The Olmsted Falls girls basketball team tried everything they could last Wednesday night to battle back, but it was unsuccessful, and fell to the Avon Lake Shoregals 40-24.


“They killed us,” said head coach Matt Fulton. “They were way better than us. They created a lot of turnovers and took us out of everything we were even thinking of trying to do.


“I knew they were good,” he added. “They have (Lacey) LeDuc and other weapons besides her. I knew coming in that it was going to be a tough time. I knew it would be competitive. Avon Lake has lost to some good opponents. It’s a matter of execution, and tonight we did not do that and it was because of Avon Lake. They made us not execute.”


Constant turnovers by the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-2 in the Southwestern Conference) allowed Avon Lake (4-5, 3-2 in the SWC) to take advantage of additional scoring opportunities, giving Olmsted Falls few chances to capture the lead. The leading scorer for the Bulldogs was Jessica Koch, with only five points.


“We tried to talk about a couple things and make a few adjustments,” Fulton said. “We had about 16 turnovers in just the first half.


“I think we did a pretty good job defensively, but their defense and offense was better than ours,” he added. “Sometimes when the snowball starts rolling downhill, it’s impossible to stop. This game was truly lost in the second quarter. They had a 12-point run, and we never came back.”


The 12 points in the second quarter was just the beginning for the Shoregals, who came out after halftime and put up 15 points to Olmsted Falls’ two.


Despite the loss, Fulton said the team, so far, has exceeded any expectations.


“To be honest, we are better than any preseason goal that I have had this season,” he said. “Recordwise, I think we won some games in the first part of the season that were real competitive. We have two injuries right now, but that’s no excuse. It’s hard when you have 10 players, because you put players in positions that they maybe aren’t comfortable playing.


“We have some important young kids that will play a big role for this team in the next few years. Our goal is to focus on those kids and get those kids better every single day, and have our seniors lead by example.”








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