Girls Varsity Basketball · Blue Streaks Win NCL White Division Title

The Beaumont School basketball team avenged its lone North Coast League White Division loss, knocking off Cleveland Central Catholic 59-58 on Wednesday (Feb. 12) night.

With the win, the Blue Streaks finish the regular season at 13-9 overall and 5-1 in divisional play which earns Coach Russell’s team the White Division title. Cleveland Central Catholic, the two seed in the Division II Nordonia District, ends the regular season at 16-6 and 4-2 in the NCL.

Beaumont led 18-13 after a quarter and 31-30 at half. After junior Elissa Letterio’s 14 points in the third quarter, the Blue Streaks were in front 49-40 heading into the fourth but CCC fought back to take a 58-57 lead with less than 15 seconds to play.

Junior Ally Ziegler, who tied Monday’s (Feb. 10) game against NDCL down the stretch, came up clutch yet again with a baby hook to put the Blue Streaks in front. CCC called timeout and got the ball into the frontcourt but never got a shot off and the Blue Streaks escaped victorious.

Letterio finished with 22 points and Ziegler had nine.

Junior Lydia Gattozzi hit four three-pointers on her way to 19 points and senior Carly Perusek went for nine.

Central Catholic’s Chantel Barnett scored a game-high 31 points. She had 12 field goals and was 3-8 from the charity stripe.

Beaumont will open the postseason at home on Saturday (Feb. 15). The Blue Streaks, seeded fifth, will welcome 12th-seeded Streetsboro to Cleveland Heights for a game that will tip at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults and senior citizens and $5 for students. No passes of any kind will be accepted.

Postseason prices for the sectional and district rounds are set by the Northeast District Athletic Board.

Box Score

Beaumont 59, Cleveland Central Catholic 58
CENTRAL CATHOLIC (16-6, 4-2 NCL): Barnett 31, Johnson 8, H. Seyou 7, Crawford 6, Langford 6
BEAUMONT (13-9, 5-1 NCL): Letterio 22, Gattozzi 19, Perusek 9, Ziegler 9
CCC: 13-17-10-18 for 58
Beaumont: 18-13-18-10 for 59
Free throws: Central Catholic 5 of 13, Beaumont 2 of 6; 3-pointers: Central Catholic 7 (Barnett 4, Crawford 2, H. Seyou), Beaumont 11 (Letterio 6, Gattozzi 4, Perusek)