A slight case of the jitters only lasted the first quarter Saturday as Amherst topped the Brecksville Bees 53-38 in the girls basketball season opener.
“We’re a young team. I told our coaches when we came out and got that wide-eyed look, we just have to weather the storm a little bit,” said coach Kevin Collins after the game.
“We got ourselves under control. We have group that’s starting to figure out how to play together and I think they’re going to get better with every game they play… We started to distance ourselves and get a little more comfortable. The comfort level went through the roof as their confidence went up.”
The Comets left the 7-3 first quarter score in the dust by stretching their lead to 23-11 by halftime.
Leading for the Comets was Sydney Roule with nine points and Kamryn Dziak shooting eight. Jayla Hall, Audrey Fayer, and Kate Iliff all had two points in the first half.
Of Roule, Collins said, “She’s a special player; probably one of the best in the area. She’s getting Division I looks already. We ask her to do everything for us and she does, and she does it well.”
After the halftime break, the Comets seemed composed and determined to show just how well they can control the court.
Racking up 22 points in the third quarter, Amherst pulled ahead for a commanding 43-25 lead. Roule led with eight points as Iliff sank three baskets, Dziak accounted for two, and Audrey Fayer and Tori Small each sank one in the quarter.
Dziak started the Comets scoring in the final period with her third three-point shot of the night.
“We’ve been waiting for Kamryn for a few years. Morgan, her sister, played here. Morgan was on the bench coaching tonight,” Collins said. “Kamryn’s special. She played this game at a high level. She leads the floor really well, She can hit big shots.”
Small had a dynamic second half with eight rebounds and several blocked shots. She also added another basket and a free throw, bringing her contribution to five points on the evening in the 53-38 non-conference win.
“The player that made the difference tonight was Tori Small off the bench,” remarked Collins. “A sophomore, she came in and played with great energy, got a ton of blocks and rebounds. That’s what we need. We know we have Sydney; we need to get more of a cast around her.”
On the night, Roule had 17 points, Dziak 15, Iliff eight, Small five, with Hall and Fayer each scoring four points.
Brecksville’s Kendall Brown led her team with 10 points. Erin Livingston and Mollie Green were tied at second with six points.
Photos by Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Back for another season is Amherst junior Sydney Roule. Roule led her team with 17 points at point guard in the 53-38 win in Saturday’s season opener against the Brecksville Bees.