By Ty Bartell

RAVENNA, Ohio — The Archbishop Hoban Knights girls basketball team delivered a commanding performance, defeating the Akron Ellet Lady Orangemen in the district semi-final with a resounding score of 86-38 on Wednesday night.
The victory marked a rematch from the regular season, where Hoban narrowly secured a road win against Ellet with a score of 49-45. However, in this crucial playoff matchup, Hoban wasted no time asserting dominance, launching into the game with a blistering 14-0 run.

Key contributors “Zig” Niera Stevens and Mackenzie Edingburgh spearheaded Hoban’s early onslaught, propelling the Knights to a commanding 23-8 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Hoban maintained their momentum into the second quarter, with Niera Stevens delivering a career-best performance, supported by Zoey Hodge, who emerged as the Knights’ “secret weapon” against Ellet. By halftime, Hoban had built a formidable 47-23 lead.
Entering the second half, the Knights showed no signs of letting up, intensifying their pressure on Ellet and effectively enforcing a running clock by the midway point of the third quarter. Outscoring their opponents 39-15 in the second half, Hoban sealed an emphatic 86-38 victory.

Standout performances from Niera Stevens and Zoey Hodge earned them the recognition of Players of the Game. Stevens recorded a career-high 28 points, while Hodge contributed a significant 18 points. Additionally, Mackenzie Edingburgh and Makenzie Grant added double-digit scores of 17 and 11 points, respectively, further solidifying the Knights’ dominance.

With the win, Archbishop Hoban (19-3) advances to pursue their fifth consecutive district championship. They are set to face off against the #8 seeded Medina Battling Bees (21-4) on Friday, March 1st at 7 p.m. The matchup will take place at Ravenna High School.
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