Bulldog Battle: Cornerstone pressures Western Reserve for Opening 53-40 Win

Reserve started the action with a Serensky three on the first possession. That was her first of two in the quarter. Cornerstones Kailey Tyna answered with a couple of her own in the first. The first quarter ended 12-11 in favor of Cornerstone. The Blue Devils had a hard time handling the pressure from Cornerstone, put got some nice defense on the other end themselves and forced the Patriots into a bad shooting quarter.

A slow second quarter without a score from either team in the first three minutes gave way to a Cornerstone push that extended their lead to 20-11 and a Reserve timeout. Riley Stopp led the quick charge with back to back coast to coast layups, the second finishing with a nice spin to score. Dani Vuletich breaks the run on her second offensive outback of the game, giving Reserve their first points of the quarter at 2:30. Kennedy Miller gave the Devils the momentum going into the half down 23-18 after a tough deep three at the buzzer.

Cornerstone stetted the second half hot, on both ends of the floor. Forcing turnovers in all but one possession in the first 3 minutes. Western Reserve has to call a timeout after Cornerstone scores the first 13 points of the half. Reserve grabbed a couple buckets after the timeout to cut it to 14 and take some of the energy, but it was short lived. Rosson gave the Patriots a layup and three to extend the Cornerstone lead to 45-24 after the third quarter.

Western Reserve cut it to 13 in the forth behind another a pair of Alyssa Serensky threes, and another from Kennedy Miller. However Cornerstone had time on their side and limited the amount of Devils possessions in the last period. Vuletich led all scorers with 18, and showed a nice variety on the offensive end. She showed three point range, the ability to clean up the glass and score it, plus a really nice left handed hook that is virtually unstoppable at the high school level. Serensky finished with 12 for Western Reserve. Kailey Tyna and Michaela Cloonan each had 14 points to lead Cornerstone. Tyna had some timely buckets for CCA, getting them started with a couple threes in the first quarter and some second half points to help keep the Patriots out of reach. Riley Stopp also had 10 for Cornerstone, with some very creative finishes.

The big difference in the game was Cornerstones incredible pressure. They forced the Devils into a ton of turnovers, and those resulted in dozens of points for the Patriots. In the middle quarters they held Western Reserve scoreless for almost 10 combined minutes.

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