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Edgewood ‘streaks’ past Madison in battle of previous unbeatens

Edgewood ‘streaks’ past Madison in battle of previous unbeatens

Warriors sit atop CVC Lake Division at 6-0

The sure shooting of Edgewood (10-0, 6-0 CVC) put a halt to Madison’s 10-0 start to the season, 61-53, on Friday. But it did not begin or end as surely.

The Warriors sat at 9-0, opened the game by missing their first eight shot attempts under the basket. That’s when Coach Randy Vencill found a new weapon for his offense – freshman power forward Faith Vencill. The youngest of three family members playing for Edgewood dropped six points in each of the second and third quarters, finishing with a team-high 14 points. Good enough to stake a 27-19 lead at the half.

Edgewood guard Katie Mccollister helped the Warriors extend that lead close to 20 points late in the game, with eight of her 12 points coming on cutting layups in the second half. But the Blue Streaks (10-1, 5-1) would not be denied a final effort.

Not only in points, also down in the first half was Madison forward Sydney Sorber with an ankle injury, she missed the final two frames. Senior guard Claire Wakim stepped up to handle a lot of the heavy lifting as the Blue Streaks displayed their down but never out hustle, bringing the score back to within seven points with just under a minute to play. Wakim dropped 13 of her game-high 19 points in the final two quarters (nine in the 4th alone).

Avery Vencill and Leigha Guyton would finish off crucial free-throw attempts in the fourth, along with a three-pointer from Annie Johnston (12 points) to preserve the lead and the victory for Edgewood.

UP NEXT: Edgewood heads to neighboring Conneaut on Wednesday, where they’ll face off with former program coach Jayson Aponte’s Spartans. Tipoff is set for 6:45. That same evening, Madison will host (4-9) Painesville Harvey.

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