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Edison dominates Monroeville to advance

By JOSH MORGRET • Feb 20, 2019 at 10:10 PM

LEXINGTON — Aliyah Caporini was everywhere.

The senior tied her season high of 12 steals, which is one short of the school record.

That was a catalyst to Edison forcing Monroeville into 33 turnovers as the Chargers rolled to a 63-36 Division III sectional semifinal win at Lexington High School on Wednesday night.

"Aliyah anticipates so well," Edison coach Tracey Moyer said. "She was also turning people so her teammates could come in and swoop up in there. She has played with these girls long enough that they understand what is she going to do.'

The No. 3 seed Chargers improved to 18-5 overall and will face No. 5 Ashland Crestview (17-4) back at Lexington at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

"I was very happy with the defense," Moyer said. "That was our main focus coming into the game. We wanted to pressure them. I thought we were quicker on a couple positions there."

The turnovers consistently hurt the Eagles (3-20) throughout the night. Even when Monroeville strung two or three positive plays in a row together, Edison would force a turnover that led to a layup for the Chargers.

"I thought we were a little weak with the ball at times," Monroeville coach Brad Dunlap said.

Molly Houser hit a baseline jumper and Caporini scored back-to-back buckets for an early 6-0 lead. Camryn Hedrick scored a layup for Monroeville, but Deana Blatnik and Mariah Medina hit shots to give Edison a 14-4 lead after eight minutes.

The onslaught continued into the second quarter. Eight straight points by the Chargers, capped on a steal and score by Medina, extended the lead to 24-6. Hedrick hit a jumper for the Eagles, but a three-point play by Houser and a layup from Medina helped Edison to a 29-12 lead at halftime.

"At the beginning, we were tight," Moyer said. "We missed five shots right under the hoop. Once we saw the ball go through the hole there, it got a little easier. When we have a sad, it is little easier to shoot."

Hedrick opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer for Monroeville and the Eagles forced a turnover. But, Edison recovered and forced yet another turnover that led to a baseline jumper by Houser.

Later, Hedrick hit another triple to get Monroeville within 33-18, but Edison kicked it into another gear. The Chargers ran off a 17-1 run over the next 5:48 to take a 52-19 lead. Hannah Vitaz capped the run with a bucket before consecutive scored by Medina.

The Eagles did play better over the final 9:10 - something Dunlap was pleased with. A 3 from Lexi Green capped the scoring in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Monroeville ended the game with a 9-2 run as Edison eased up the pressure.

"The positive thing is the way that we finished the game," Dunlap said. "I thought the girls were still fighting and clawing at the end. We did not back down. I am pleased wirh that. I am not pleased with the outcome, but I am pleased with the effort at the end."

The Chargers used balanced scoring to attack Monroeville. Vitaz led Edison with 12 points and eight rebounds while Houser scored 11 points. Medina and Caporini each added 10 points while Fidler tossed in nine points.

"We got four girls in double figures," Moyer said. "You can not just key in on one person. You have to guard the whole team."

Braylee Wise paced the Eagles with 13 points while Hedrick scored 10 points.

"Edison has a real nice team," Dunlap said. "They are senior-laden and they are long and athletic. They went out and played hard tonight. All the credit to them. They went out and executed."

The Chargers now face a Crestview team that is 17-4 from the Firelands Conference. Edison topped Western Reserve and St. Paul, two teams also from the FC.

"They have very good shooters from up top," Moyer said. "They apply some good pressure. They have a big girl underneath that was second-team all-district. They have some weapons that we will have to be paying attention to."



Lexi Green 1-0—3, Payton Scheid 0-1—1, Macy Schafer 1-0—3, Delaney Giles 0-2—2, Kelsie Palmer 1-0—2, Braylee Wise 6-1—13, Graisyn Yoder 1-0—2. TOTALS 14-4—36.

EDISON (18-5)

Aliyah Caporini 5-0—10, Emma Houser 0-1—1, Lilli Schuster 1-0—2, Jayla Medina 3-0—6, Mariah Medina 5-0—10, Deana Blatnik 1-0—2, Molly Houser 5-1—11, Alana Fidler 3-2—9, Hannah Vitaz 6-0—12. TOTALS 29-4—65.

Monroeville 4 8 10 14 — 36

Edison       14 15 23 11 — 65

3-point FGs: (M) Hedrick 2, Green, Schafer; (E) Fidler