CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Archbishop Hoban girls basketball team wasted little time to take control of its game Monday night.
The Knights scored seven points within 45 seconds and never trailed en route to a 65-35 victory over host Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Seniors Meghan Donohue and Emma Horning accounted for the seven-point spurt. Donohue converted two layups and Horning made a 3-pointer to give the Knights (12-4) an early advantage.
The Royals (6-13) struggled to adjust to the speed of the game and would get no closer.
“We wanted to approach this game like a tournament game because there was not a JV game tonight,” Hoban coach Scott Callaghan said. “It was a 7 o’clock start, which is kind of odd. Our preparation before we got here during our run-through was excellent. Our kids were very focused. We got here the same time we would as if it were a tournament game.”
Donohue, a 6-foot-2 Siena recruit, scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds, both game highs. She also had four assists and two steals.
“We knew we had to come out strong,” Donohue said. “It is important to play well in these next couple of games to get a good seed in the tournament. We played strong, and played really well defensively and offensively.”
Horning, a 5-foot-7 Mount Union recruit, contributed 15 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists.
“We try to play really unselfish, and play through Meghan, inside and out,” Horning said. “That helps create a lot of good offense.”
Hoban led 22-4 after one quarter, 33-13 at halftime and 48-23 following three quarters.
“We wanted to play fast in the first quarter and establish the pace of play,” Callaghan said. “I was very pleased with our defense, and how we rotated. Offensively, we have such an unselfish team. Sometimes we share the ball too much. We did a great job of passing early. We started the game the way we wanted to.”
CVCA 5-foot-7 junior guard Ashley Tyna paced her team with 14 points and five rebounds.
Tyna’s father, Ryan Tyna, is the Royals coach.
“That is a terrific basketball team,” coach Tyna said about Hoban. “They are one of the best teams in our area. We knew they were going to come out and pressure us. We knew they were big, fast and strong. We just came out and gave it all we had. Our kids were prepared.
“This is the kind of game we want to play to get us better. You would like to keep it a little closer in the first quarter. We got better as the game went along.”
The Knights’ speed and precise passing gave the Royals fits all evening.
Senior Allie Griffith had seven points and five assists for Hoban, and junior Amanda Beebe scored seven points. Senior Alessandra Dickos added six points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Junior Kirsten Stepanek also scored six points.
Working well together
“Our kids are very mature and they very much listen to coaching,” Callaghan said. “We want to start fast and we actually have had a few starts like that.”
The Knights also received quality minutes from senior Natalie Bender, junior Maddie Diestel and freshman Kara Marshall.
“I think we are in a good place,” Donohue said. “We are still pushing each other to get better. We are working really well together.”
Royals senior Natalie Silk scored eight points and senior Megan Foley totaled seven points, seven rebounds and three steals.
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