By Ryan Kaczmarski
For three quarters, the girls varsity basketball game between Olmsted Falls and Westlake was almost unwatchable.
That being said, someone had to win it, and Westlake came back from a 26-19 third-quarter deficit, to win to game 30-26.
The victory marked the fifth game this season in which Westlake was trailing to begin the fourth quarter and came back to win it.
“This game is nuts,” Westlake head coach Chip Weiss said. “Our defense stepped up. It had to.
“We out-hustled them and got a lot of the 50-50 balls.”
The Demons (11-1, 6-1 in the Southwestern Conference) made only one basket from the field in the entire first half, but behind some great free throw shooting, still was able to go into halftime tied with the Bulldogs at 12-12.
“(Olmsted Falls) killed us on the offensive boards in the first half,” Weiss said. “I thought we would shut them down and (the Bulldogs) panicked and rushed shots.
“We’ve been in this situation many times, so I thought our leadership had been there before, so they knew what was going on and how to handle it.”
The Demons were led by Monica Fury (who went 8-10 from the free throw line), with 10 points, followed by Rebecca Essig, with seven points, and Allison Collins and Corinne Furci, who each chipped in with five points.
Olmsted Falls (7-6, 3-4 in the SWC) scored the bulk of its points in the third quarter – sinking two 3-pointers, three field goals and two free throws – but could not find the basket in the entire fourth quarter.
“It was a really bad girls basketball game, to be completely honest,” Olmsted Falls head coach Matt Fulton said. “I felt bad for the fans to come here and not see anybody make baskets. I mean, (Westlake) made five baskets, and they won the game?
“I think we did this to ourselves,” he continued. “We had around 30 turnovers, and that was the more frustrating part, than anything else.”
The Bulldogs were led by Kerri Gasper, who scored 10 points, followed by Kara Marshall, with eight.
“We played good defense,” Fulton said. “But down at the end of the game, we didn’t execute anything on offense.”