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Bulldogs advance to sectional semis

Olmsted Falls junior guard Allison Gerycz, No. 13, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points, followed by freshman Kerri Gasper, No. 22, with eight. (West Life photo by Ryan Kaczmarski)

Olmsted Falls junior guard Allison Gerycz, No. 13, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points, followed by freshman Kerri Gasper, No. 22, with eight. (West Life photo by Ryan Kaczmarski)

By Amy Rutledge

 The Olmsted Falls Bulldogs advanced to the sectional semifinals after a resounding victory over the North Ridgeville Rangers 41-25.

The Bulldogs came out with speed and intensity, taking the lead by as many as nine points in the first quarter. The Rangers were able to cut the lead to four points after a 3-pointer by Ashley Montgomery, but the Bulldogs responded right away with a 3-pointer of their own by Keri Gasper at the buzzer, giving Olmsted Falls the advantage at the half.

“That three pointer right before half time really kick started the momentum back in our direction,” said Olmsted Falls head coach Matt Fulton. “We held them to zero points in the third quarter. That was a huge difference maker for us to be up seven and then up 15 to start the fourth.”

With a seven-point lead starting the second half, the Bulldogs went on an eight-point run. The Bulldogs were also able to shut down the Rangers’ Montgomery, keeping her to nine points, as well as eliminating North Ridgeville’s inside shots.

“We tried to double her whenever she (Motgomery) had it,” Fulton said. “As soon as she gave it up we wouldn’t let her get it back. She is good though. You can be denying her and she’s still able to make things happen.

“They have some really big kids inside,” he added. “If they were able to access those players inside that would have hurt us. We were able to press a little bit and get them to play a little faster.”

Fulton said their recent loss against Westlake was important when preparing for the tournament trail.

“We know the first couple of rounds everyone’s playing for a position to get into the finals,” he said. “That was a good game for us at the end of the season. Even though we got killed, it was good for us to get mentally ready before the tournament.”

Allison Gerycz led the Bulldogs with 13 points. Kerri Gasper put up eight points and Jessica Koch had six points. Also contributing were Jaime Fossen, who added five, and Marie Jacobs with four. Amber Black and Savanajh Black both had two points each while Allison Duber had one.

While the Bulldogs came out victorious Fulton said they would still need to limit the number of turnovers if they want to have a long successful road this tournament season.

“We have to do much better than that on Wednesday if we want to have a chance,” he said. “We are still going to do what we do. We’re still going to press and change up our defense. I just hope to be a little more efficient on offense.”

The Bulldogs will face Lorain tonight in the sectional finals at Elyria Catholic at 7:30 p.m.

 

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