Junior Elissa Letterio hit seven three-pointers on her way to a career-high 27 points as the Beaumont School basketball team went on the road and defeated Chippewa 84-76 on Saturday (Dec. 21) afternoon.
It was the fourth straight win after an 0-2 start for the Blue Streaks while the Chips, a Division III Final Four program a year ago, fell to 5-2.
Saturday’s showdown was a high level game with the teams combining for 21 made three-pointers and four players scoring 20+ points.
Coach Russell’s team faced a little adversity by quickly finding itself in a 13-4 hole. The Chipps led 24-16 after hitting four three-pointers in the opening period.
Chippewa’s talented freshman Annabel Rodriguez scored all 12 of her points in the first eight minutes, but the Blue Streaks wouldn’t go away easily.
Beaumont won the second quarter 22-10 to take a 38-34 lead into the half and widened its lead to seven after three quarters. Letterio hit four threes in the final period and Beaumont’s veterans helped the team hold on down the stretch.
Junior Lydia Gattozzi scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half and her classmates Tamya Edwards and Ally Ziegler both scored nine points while cleaning up the glass and doing a fantastic job of controlling the paint.
Senior point guard Carly Perusek controlled the pace and finished with 13 points. Her drive and dish to a waiting Ziegler late in the fourth quarter felt like the dagger down the stretch.
Fellow senior Mia Mlynek hit Beaumont’s other three-pointer and Kendall Toppin provided some valuable minutes off the bench. Freshman Sophia Boes pestered Chippewa’s ball-handlers and got in the scorebook with a bucket.
Chippewa’s Taylor Thomas hit seven threes and finished with 25 points while Celina Koncz connected on 15 of 16 free throws attempts while scoring 23 points.
Beaumont is back at it on Sunday (Dec. 22) at the NEO Elite Christmas Classic, hosted by Garfield Heights High School. The Blue Streaks will play Eastlake North, the top ranked team in the area, at 1:45 p.m. Tickets to the event are $10.
Beaumont 84, Chippewa 76
BEAUMONT (4-2): Letterio 27, Gattozzi 21, Perusek 13, Edwards 9, Ziegler 9, Mlynek 3, Boes 2
CHIPPEWA (5-2): Thomas 25, Koncz 23, Rodriguez 12, Cazzolli 11, Lambert 5
Beaumont: 16-22-17-29 for 84
Chippewa: 24-10-14-28 for 76
Free throws: Beaumont 10 of 13, Chippewa 15 of 19; 3-pointers: Beaumont 8 (Letterio 7, Mlynek), Chippewa 13 (Thomas 7, Cazzolli 3, Rodriguez 2, Lambert)