The Beaumont School varsity basketball team defeated Willoughby South by a score of 72-60 in Saturday (Dec. 30) night’s third place game of the Laurel School Gator Classic.
With the win, the Blue Streaks climbed a game over the break-even mark and improved to 4-3.
Beaumont led 19-14 after eight minutes thanks to seven first quarter points from both freshman wing Lydia Gattozzi and sophomore guard Mia Mlynek. The Blue Streaks then won the second period by four (16-12) to take a 35-26 lead into the intermission.
Gattozzi scored 10 of her career-high 31 points in the second frame.
In the second half, Beaumont widened its lead to 11 heading into the fourth quarter and hung tough down the stretch to preserve the victory.
In addition to Gattozzi’s 31, Mlynek scored 12 and so did junior guard Brigida Erjavec.
Freshman guard Elissa Letterio was one of four Blue Streaks to hit two three-pointers and she finished with seven points. Senior guard Alison Sikorovsky hit a triple on her way to five points.
Beaumont got hoops from freshman guard Shannon Blankenship and sophomore forward Sabrina Fabec but outside of the scoresheet, Blankenship pestered the Rebel guards and Fabec’s length caused a problem for the Willoughby South offensive attack.
Freshman forward Tamya Edwards connected on one free throw to get in the scoring column but she was also relentless on the boards and gave her team multiple second chance opportunities while cleaning up some missed South shots at the other end.
Willoughby South’s Grace Weyman-Heller led the Rebels with 17 points.
The Blue Streaks are now idle until Wednesday’s (Jan. 3) North Coast League game at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. Junior varsity tips at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity contest should get underway about 7:00 p.m.