During its run to a seventh girls basketball state tournament, Chaminade Julienne had made crucial plays late to produce wins.
Thursday’s Division II semifinal didn’t allow for that. The outcome was over long before the final buzzer.
Not enough muscle and too many missed shots resulted in a 69-44 CJ loss to West Holmes before 5,747 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.
CJ, which finishes 19-10, was 6-0 in previous state semifinals.
West Holmes (28-1) faces Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (22-6) in a rematch of last year’s D-II final Saturday.
“We came out a little timid and nervous and we didn’t get the start we wanted,” CJ coach Mandy Myers said. “They ran on us a little more than we wanted and we struggled to keep them out of the middle.”
Defense fueled CJ’s offense during a 10-game win streak that produced its tournament bid, and the Eagles did collect 16 points off 19 WH turnovers. It wasn’t nearly enough.
CJ, which trailed 27-6 three minutes into the second quarter, shot 17-of-65 from the floor (3-of-22 from 3) and was outrebounded 58-28.
“When you look at the rebounds, that speaks volumes,” WH coach Lisa Patterson said.
Added Myers: ‘They exploited that weakness.”
WH junior Laina Snyder (26 points) set a D-II state tournament record with 19 rebounds. Seniors Brittaney Jefferson and JaCole Tabor led CJ with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“Getting here was a blessing,” CJ senior Krista White said. “People counted us out a long time ago.”
“They were kind of a Cinderella team,” Patterson said. “But they were deservedly here.”