Riley and Anker combine for 41 to lead Hoban
The last time a Pam Davis team played in Medina it was for a district title. Those Bulldogs from McKinkey were a heavy favorite but hit a snag in Wadsworth. This time her Hoban Lady Knights left no doubt! After a 17-16 opening quarter they opened it up and made it look easy. Emma Rasmussen hit a momentum changing three that helped Hoban hit halftime up 38-21.
GlenOak started the game in a zone, and stayed in it for most of the night. Karli Anker made quick work of it on a couple slashes and dumps to Riley for easy baskets early. She then added on a few long jump shots to keep the momentum.
GlenOak’s biggest weakness haunted them all night as they had to go to their bench early an often. When Aniyah Hall picked up her 3rd foul 45 seconds into the 2nd half you knew exactly how urgent of a position the Eagles were in as she stayed on the floor without a second thought. GlenOak had to go too deep into their bench, too often, and for too long. Hoban’s bench is nine deep, with athleticism and talent. Every minute with reserves in swings the advantage towards Hoban.
Breezie started hot and put in eight points for the Eagles in the first quarter alone. At that point Hoban began to throw double teams at her, they put a lot of length right in her face. The result was more deflections and steals while keeping her without a field goal for nearly two quarters. You can never hold her down for long, and she got rolling again in the 4th quarter. Breezie’s three along with some buckets from Hall swung some momentum in the favor of the team in green.
GlenOak stepped up the pressure and gave it one last push. Even after all the energy, it took the Eagles best effort and still couldn’t get it closer than 13. The Knights led by 20 going into the 4th quarter and that was just too much to overcome. The Knights climbed the ladders with a 59-46 win.
Junior post player Lanae Riley had a game high 26 points and Karli Anker added 15 points. The senior PG did a tremendous job of leading the offense while having at least five beautiful dimes. Breezie Williams led GlenOak with 17 points. The win advances Hoban to the state semifinals to face Newark, the loss ends GlenOak’s two year reign in the region.