Bulldogs bounced

Edgewood avenges previous defeat

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge Lakeview's Jeff Remmick drives the lane against Edgewood's Ty Rood Tuesday in the Bulldogs’ 61-49 loss at home.

CORTLAND — A rematch from a little over a month ago had the opposite result this time around.

On Dec. 19, Lakeview traveled to northern Ashtabula County to take on Edgewood. Lakeview handed the Warriors one of their two losses on the season with a 12-point triumph.

Last night, in Cortland, Edgewood returned the favor with a 61-49 defeat of Lakeview.

The game was a nip-and-tuck battle most of the way.

Edgewood led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter. With five minutes remaining in the first half, junior Jeff Remmick, who finished with 11 points, hit a jumper to give Lakeview a 22-21 lead. Unfortunately for Lakeview, that was the last lead they held. Edgewood answered with a quick 7-0 run to take a 28-22 lead with 2:45 to go in the half and led 31-26 at halftime.

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge Lakeview's Daniel Evans and Ashtabula Edgewood's Sam Jerman (11) compete for a loose ball Tuesday night on the Bulldogs’ floor.

“We just missed too many shots,” Lakeview coach Ryan Fitch said. “We turned the ball over too many times. We had too many, what we call, empty possessions. Those are possessions where we don’t get a quality shot, or we just flat out turn the ball over. You can’t do that against Edgewood. They’re 13-2 for a reason.”

The Warriors scored the first six points of the third quarter to take a 37-26 lead at the 5:45 mark. Back-to-back 3 pointers from AJ McClellan and senior Drew Munno got the Bulldogs closer. McClellan hit another 3, and suddenly Lakeview was only down by two at the end of three quarters at 44-42. McClellan had a team-high 14 points. Munno added 11.

TJ Lynch had a nice assist to Daniel Evans to start the final eight minutes, but the fourth quarter belonged to Edgewood. Tremendous defense led to fast breaks and alley oops in a dominating quarter for the Warriors. Lakeview only managed to score seven points and gave up 17 in the process.

“I thought our defense played really well,” Edgewood coach John Bowler. “We’ve been working hard on our man-to-man. It’s a process because I’m doing a lot of subbing and I’m still working on our rotations. Lakeview played really well. They have a nice team. They beat us the first time. They shot really well in that game. Our defense wasn’t quite where it is now. I think our defense made a big difference tonight.”

Four players scored in double figures for Edgewood, led by Hayden Kanicki with 14 points. This is Edgewood’s third year in the All-American Conference. Last season they finished tied with Poland for the conference championship.

The Bulldogs drop to 11-5 with the loss. Lakeview’s next game is Friday night when the Bulldogs travel to Jefferson.