Girls Varsity Basketball · Rangers celebrate seniors in style

North celebrated its four seniors with a 69-38 win over visiting South on Wednesday.

Equally as important, the Rangers clinched their third straight outright Western Reserve Conference title.

“It was a great turnout tonight and I feel that and the emotion of Senior Night had our girls extra locked in,” North coach Paul Force said. “We got out 10-0 in that first quarter and I feel like we were able to keep that positive momentum on our side throughout the game.”

The Rangers, who improved to 18-3 overall and 13-0 in WRC play, jumped out to a 20-12 first-quarter lead and extended that to 42-19 at halftime.

Senior Olivia Oostdyk rose to the occasion as she posted a double-double with career highs in points (11) and rebounds (23).

Classmates Destiny Leo, Carli Wilson and Ledia Vajusi also did their part against the rival Rebels.

Leo finished with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds while Wilson added two points, six rebounds and assist and a steal.

“These four have a put a ton into this program, most of it is stuff that other people don’t see or know anything about,” Force said. “For them to go out against South and get a win and get to celebrate a title, its storybook for them as seniors, but we are back to work tomorrow. They know that; they’ll show up and set the tone for the next one now.”

Abby Carter added 14 points for the Rangers, who close out the regular season at Riverside on Saturday.

North 69, South 38

South 12 7 8 11 – 38
North 20 22 15 12 – 69

South (6-14); Hodge 3, Tekavec 2, Minch 3, McMullen 2, Latham 5, Gialamas 0, Fitch 0, Woodcock 7, Hopps 2, Stevens 3, Woolnough 9, Staas 2

North (18-3); Hamilton 2, Juric 0, Vitello 0, Carter 14, Kononow 0, Siekaniec 0, Vajusi 0, Leo 26, Drew 14, C Wilson 2, H Wilson 0, Oostdyk 11

Field goals: South 15/66 (22%), North 26/66 (39%): Free throws: South 2/5 (40%), North 12/13 (92%); 3-pointers: South 6 (Woolnough 2, Woodcock, Latham, Minch, Hodge), North 5 (Leo 3, Carter 2); Rebounds: South 18, North 52 (Oostdyk 13); Assists: South 12, North 15 (Carter 7)