Tiger girls show little mercy vs. Shaker, former assistant

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published:

Twinsburg's 66-33 road win at Shaker Heights didn't score high aesthetic marks, but veteran head coach Julie Solis will take league wins any way she can get them.

The Jan. 5 win upped the Tiger's record to 13-0 overall as the team's defense wreaked havoc with its quickness and pressure.

Shaker Heights (0-11), coached by former Solis assistant coach Randy Thomas, managed only 14 first half points as the program is in a building phase with nine underclassmen on its varsity roster, including six sophomores and one freshman.

"I thought Shaker played very hard and they are very young, but the kids seem to be buying into what Randy is teaching," said Solis. "We did not play incredibly well."

The Tigers were led by Purdue bound senior guard Ashley Morrissette, who poured in 21 points with seven steals and six rebounds.

Another superb senior guard, Brooke Smith, sped her way to 20 points and nine thefts. Smith, who has incredible quickness, also canned seven free throws in the win.

Junior guard Baleigh Reid scored 12 points while senior post Char-dell Dunnigan added six points and six rebounds.

Senior forward Mercedes Hobbs chipped in four points and also grabbed six boards. Sophomore forward Jamie Sanborn added two points and junior post Marisa Howard added a free throw.

A pair of wings, Olivia Poole and Tierra Ceasar, led Shaker with nine and eight points, respectively.

The Lady Tigers hosted North Canton Hoover (9-1 overall) Jan. 9 in a non-league game, but final results weren't available as of this writing.

Next on deck is the annual Classic in the Country at Berlin Hiland High on Jan. 19-21. The Tigers meet Cincinnati Princeton (9-3) on Jan. 20 (7 p.m.) and play Reynoldsburg (10-1) on Jan. 21 at 3:15 p.m.

"We have some very difficult games coming up and this is a big stretch for us," said Solis.

Solis liked the recent Detroit Motor City Roundball Classic event that Twinsburg went 2-0 at, but still believes the CITC is a premier event in the country.

Last year, Twinsburg defeated number-one ranked Reynoldsburg in the state semifinals 49-41 before capturing its second straight Ohio championship.

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